Brendan is so excited to be making his national tour debut with Nick Jr. Live! He is originally from Huntington Beach, California. Brendan started performing at the age of 9. He is a proud graduate of both the Orange County School of the Arts and The Boston Conservatory, where he received a BFA in Musical Theatre. Endless gratitude to all of his teachers along the way, his friends and family, especially Mom and Dad. www.brendanwilliamson.com
Brissae Valdes is an actor, mover and creator from Union City, NJ. Brissae is also a recent graduate of Montclair State University’s BFA Acting program. She is thrilled to start her professional career with Nick Jr. Live! Credits include Daughters Of The Rebellion (Katya, New Works Initiative; NYC Theatre Lab) In The Red And Brown Water (Oya) and Matsutake (Pining Wind), Aida (Ensemble), A Flower Never Blooms (Blanche, KCACTF)|www.brissaevaldes.com
Carolina Miranda is beyond thrilled to embark on her first national tour in the premiere production of Nick Jr. Live! “Move to the Music”! She is a New Yorker through and
through, born and raised in Yonkers and now living in NYC. Credits include In The Heights (Vanessa), Big Fish (The Witch), How To Succeed… (Smitty), Weird Romance (Delphi), and Heathers: The Musical (Nerd Girl). She is a graduate of The American Musical & Dramatic Academy (AMDA) and acquired a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from The New School. She would like to thank her “mom-ager” for being a constant source of love and guidance, and to all of her friends and family for their endless support of her dreams! For more fun & silliness, join her on instagram: @carolinamakesnoise or at www.carolinasings.com!
Courtney Martin is delighted to be a part of this fun and exciting world. She was recently seen in Bridges of Madison County with American Theatre Group. Other recent regional credits include Beauty and the Beast (Drury Lane Theatre), Peter and the Starcatcher (Farmers Alley Theatre) and Bravo (New Musicals Inc.) Courtney has also done voice over work for Indiana Public Radio and Children’s Bible Hour. She received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Ball State University. Incredible gratitude to God and her family who continue to support her as she splashes and dashes through life. Instagram: @courtymart
Kaitlyn is so excited to be a part of Nick Jr. Live! “Move to the Music”! Born and raised in Eugene, OR, Kaitlyn graduated from Wright State University with a B.F.A. in Acting with an emphasis in Musical Theater. Kaitlyn is loving getting to portray the role of Butterbean! Other favorite credits include Holiday Inn, Oklahoma! (Derby Dinner Playhouse), Daddy Long Legs, Hairspray, A Taffeta Christmas, Junie B. Jones (The Legacy Theatre), Mamma Mia, The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Sierra Rep), A Funny Thing Happened...Forum (Broadway Rose), Heathers (Triangle Productions). Kaitlyn would like to thank her family and friends who have supported her throughout her journey! Kaitlynsage.com IG: Ksage19
Leron Wellington is ecstatic to be making his national tour debut! Previous roles include A Year With Frog and Toad (The Man), Mamma Mia (Eddie), Newsies (Morris Delancy) and The Bodyguard (Pit Singer). He would like to thank the cast, crew and his family and friends for all the support!
Olivia is thrilled to be making her touring debut with Nick Jr. Live! “Move to the Music”! She graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in 2018 with her Bachelor’s in Musical Theatre. Since graduating, Olivia has played Diana Morales in A Chorus Line (Bucks County Center for the Performing Arts), Ensemble in Saturday Night Fever (Media Theater),and has performed with RWS Entertainment Group for their holiday season. Olivia would like to thank the cast and creative team for this positive experience, and Elijah for his guidance. She would also like to thank her friends and family for their love and support! (www.oliviawhitehouse.net)
Riley Zalewski is thrilled to be part of the premiere cast of Nick Jr. Live!. She is originally from Clinton, NJ and has been performing since she was 9 years old. Riley just got off her first National Tour this Spring, starring as Madeline in Madeline and the Bad Hat with Artspower National Touring Theatre. She’s excited to hit the road again! Other credits include, Holiday Inn (Walnut Street Theater), Marcy Park in The 25th Annual…Spelling Bee (Avenue Theater Company) and A Christmas Carol (Bucks County Playhouse). Riley graduated from Temple University in 2018, where she received a BA in Acting with a Minor in Music. She would like to thank her family and friends for their endless support! Website: riley-zalewski.com.
Russell James Valdez
RUSSELL JAMES VALDEZ is thrilled to be making his national tour debut with Nick Jr. Live! "Move to the Music." He recently made his Off-Broadway debut in Revelation: The Musical (The Players Theatre). Regional credits include productions of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Axelrod Performing Arts Center & Alhambra Dinner Theatre) & An Enemy of The People (Centenary Stage Company). He has a B.A. in Communication Studies and Marketing minor from Kean University.
Shannon Cheong is a Singapore born Australia raised Singer Actor Dancer & Teaching Artist is extremely excited to be making his national tour debut with Nick Jr. Live. A proud graduate of Berklee College of Music and The Boston Conservatory. Favourite Credits include We in You, Me, I, We, Emmett in Legally Blonde, Stine in City of Angels and many more. Thanks to the creative team at Move to the Music! for letting him live out his dreams as a merman on stage and much thanks also to About Artists Agency. And finally, SO much love to Mom, Dad, Godma, Mama, Cousins, and Chris for their unwavering support.
Graduate of AMDA. Thad’s so excited to be apart of the Nickelodeon family for his first national tour! Select Credits: Newsies (Romeo), Sister Act (TJ), Swing! The Musical, Bring it On The Musical (Cameron, Cheer Captain, Co-choreographer, u/s Twig, La Cienega), Mary Poppins (Neleus), Crazy For You (Wyatt), Alan Menkin’s A Christmas Carol (Mr. Smythe), Guys and Dolls (Scranton Slim), Tarzan The Musical. TV: Mrs. Fletcher (HBO). All glory to God & much love to my family. Instagram: @thaddeuspiett
Iliana Rivera is so excited to be joining Nick Jr. Live! Homegrown in Burlington, North Carolina she loves all things art based. It took her a while but she found her second home to be the Paramount Theater in downtown. Some of her past performances include Theme Park (Dreamland Drive-In; Dollywood, Deck the Halls; Busch Gardens Williamsburg) Regional Theatres (Footloose; Temple Theatre, Groovin Christmas; Barn Dinner). She is elated to be on tour for the first time.