Buzz Theatre Productions was created in 2014 by two friends, Jo Ann Ventor and Randi Seffinger, who share a love of theatre and a passion for intense and unique works. Randi and Jo Ann have collaborated on numerous theatrical projects and founded Buzz to be a natural extension of their complimentary talents. It has truly been a team effort – family members have also been instrumental in the company, using their knowledge of performance, music, lighting and sound design and set construction and design. We look forward to many exciting things to come and hope you will join us on our journey!
We were profiled by the Wyckoff Patch, which you can find here!
Also read about us in Bergen Health and Life’s July/August issue on page 16!
Meet our Producers and Collaborators
Randi Seffinger – Producer
Randi Seffinger has been involved with various theatre companies throughout New Jersey. She has directed numerous productions for Aspire PAC (Morris County, NJ) including a pilot of Mary Poppins Jr. in conjunction with Disney and MTI. She has also directed the award-winning Thank You Notes for Rhino Theatre’s Inaugural One Act Jamboree (Pompton Lakes, NJ) and a production of girl. for Eccentric Theatre Company (Teaneck, NJ). Additionally, Randi is a theatre instructor, teacher and coach. When she is not behind the scenes, Randi spends her time on stage. Favorite roles have included Diana in Next to Normal (Buzz Theatre Productions and Rhino Theatre), Anna in The King and I (Y Arts Theatre Company), Rona Lisa Peretti in the Perry Award winningThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Porch Light Productions) and Carol Strong in the northern New Jersey community theatre premiere of Catch Me If You Can (Old Library Theatre). Randi is a graduate of Northwestern University and Fordham University School of Law.
Jo Ann Ventor – Producer/Director, Carrie the musical and various productions
Jo Ann Ventor was educated at Fordham University and Bergen Community College. She has been producing, directing and costuming musicals since 2008. She most recently co-directed Next to Normal at Rhino Theatre in Pompton Lakes, NJ. She also recently directed Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. at Old Library Theatre in Fair Lawn, NJ where she also directed their inaugural youth production, The Wizard of Oz. She has also produced Annie, Jr. for the Bearfoot Players and directed The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Ramapo High School, which with nine nominations, was the recipient of Outstanding Acting Performance at the Helen Hayes Metropolitan Musical Theatre Awards. She is founder of the not-for-profit Bearfoot Players, a summer theatre troupe in northern New Jersey.
Anthony Bevilacqua – Music Director, Carrie the musical
Mariel Letourneau – Choreographer, Carrie the musical
University of the Arts (BFA Musical Theatre). NYC: Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco (Carnegie Hall), Off-Off Broadway: Seduction: A Rock Opera, Nat’l Tour: Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, Regional: Curtains (Walnut Street Theatre), The Secret Garden, Company and Ragtime (Pleasant Valley Productions), 42nd Street (Bergen Performing Arts Center), Young Frankenstein (Old Library Theatre), Radio City Rockettes (Summer Intensive Dancer, Assistant Dance Captain) Choreography: 9 to 5 (Civic Theatre), Freckleface Strawberry and Urinetown (Rhino Theatre), Carrie (Mystic Vision Players, Hamilton Stage at UCPAC), Aida (Old Library Theatre), The Dreaming (The Chain Theatre, NYC Premiere), HONK! (Stagedoor Manor), Cats and 42nd Street (Bergen Performing Arts Center). She recently returned from six months in London, where she taught tap and dance masterclasses at Danceworks, Goldsmith’s University, and The Brit School, and stage managed a new musical, Boxed, at the Vaults Theatre.
Reegan McKenzie – Director, Next To Normal (March, 2015)
Reegan McKenzie: singer, stage director, vocal instructor, dramatic coach, and recording artist.
She began her directing career while in college where she staged numerous highly acclaimed university productions at the same time building a singing career. She has continued singing and directing to the present. Taking her years of experience both in performance and in stage directing, she brings a unique perspective.
Reegan is in her seventh season as stage director for Y Arts community theater (Scrooge The Musical, Beauty and the Beast, Annie, King and I, Wizard of Oz, Sound of Music, Miracle on 34th Street, Music Man, Seussical the Musical, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Peter Pan) and the Y’s relatively new Opera 691 as well as sometimes performer. Opera 691’s premier was the one act opera Gianni Schicchi followed by Barber of Seville, a double feature of Suor Angelica and I Pagliacci, and Hansel and Gretel.
She most recently stage directed Shrek the Musical and The Medium, and in the Spring (‘14) returned to Boheme Opera to direct their 25th anniversary production of La Traviata. Some other directorial highlights include: Boheme Opera of Trenton’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Carmen, Cavalleria Rusticana and their ground breaking production of Aida. She has also partnered with American Theater Ballet Company of Princeton, most recently with Madama Butterfly. She was stage director for Metro Lyric Opera’s Marriage of Figaro with the revered conductor Anton Coppolla, who was featured in Godfather 2 & 3 by his uncle, Francis Ford Coppolla. Reegan is a regular stage director in Oklahoma for Children’s Musical Theater of Bartlesville, (Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, High School Musical, The Music Man, The Little Princess) and will be returning there for The Little Mermaid. She is a long time voice teacher in her town, Rochelle Park, as well as one of the instructors for the growing Studio 691 at the Wyckoff Family Y.
Her vocal career snapshots include touring with San Francisco Opera’s Western Opera theater singing Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly, working with the late Jerome Hines in his fellowship program Opera Music Theater International, where she performed Marguerite in Faust, Elizabetta in Don Carlo and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, as well as touring with Mr. Hines to Russia to sing his original opera I Am The Way at the Bolshoi Theater.