LAURA BERGQUIST – As an experienced Broadway Music Director/Conductor Laura brings a wealth of practical knowledge and insight to New York performers and production teams. Classically trained as a singer, she performed leading roles in opera and musical theatre before focusing her full-time energies as a musical director, conductor, vocal coach and composer/arranger. Laura conducted National and International Tours of THE KING AND I, TITANIC and MISS SAIGON. She is a frequent guest conductor in regional theaters and a clinician in universities and churches. As an ASCAP Awards recipient for composition, her personal catalogue includes more than 60 works in print and several recordings. Laura was the original Musical Director for JANE EYRE as well as a contributing arranger. On Broadway, she was Musical Director and Conductor for ALLEGIANCE: A NEW MUSICAL (Marc Acito, Jay Kuo, Lorenzo Thione, directed by Stafford Arima) starring Lea Salonga, George Takei and Telly Leung. Current projects include World Premier’s of DADDY LONG LEGS (John Caird & Paul Gordon – additional arrangements by Laura), JANE AUSTEN’S: EMMA (Paul Gordon – The York Theatre) and SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (Paul Gordon, directed by Barbara Gaines – produced at Chicago Shakespeare and The Old Globe). Regional work as Musical Director and Conductor include The Old Globe, Paper Mill Playhouse, Chicago Shakespeare, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, TheatreWorks, Northlight, Cleveland Playhouse, Rubicon Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Lyric Theater of Oklahoma, Music Theatre of Wichita, The Forum Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company and Baltimore Center Stage. Laura has also performed with NY Cabaret performer, Steve Ross, is Music Director and Conductor for Broadway Backwards and works as a Casting Consultant with Disney Theme Parks and Cruise Line casting around the world. In New York she has been the Music Director and Arranger for numerous reading and workshops including NAMT, New York Stage and Film, New York Musical Theatre Festival, Midtown International Theatre Festival and performed at Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, Avery Fisher Hall, Symphony Space and Merkin Hall. She is regularly called on as a musical director and arranger for concerts, auditions, workshops, industrials and showcases. Laura lives in New York City with her amazing husband, Joe, and maintains a large coaching studio in Hell’s Kitchen.