OUR DIRECTORS

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Brittany Baratz

NEW YORK

SARAH KUHNS

NEW JERSEY

Brittany Baratz is a NYC based actor and singer who finds her joy in telling stories. Originally from Gaithersburg, MD, her career has taken her to 46 out of 50 of the U.S. States and also abroad to the Spring of Culture Festival in Bahrain. She recently completed a three city pre-Broadway tryout of The Secret Garden. Other regional credits include: A Little Night Music, 1776, Man of La Mancha, Urinetown, Trouble in Tahiti, Romeo and Juliet, and the world-premiere of Alice Adams. She performed original musicals and national tours with the John F. Kennedy Center's Theater for Young Audiences program, and is an alumni of The University of Maryland, College Park, the T. Schreiber Acting Conservatory in NYC, and studied abroad as a Young Artist with the Opera Music and Theater Festival of Lucca, Italy. www.brittanybaratz.com

Sarah hails from Kansas where she received her music degree in vocal performance from Kansas State University.  She moved to the East Coast where she performed in many professional and community theaters. Currently, Sarah teaches private voice lessons, sings with the Harmonium Choral Society and spends time as musical director, teaming up with her husband, Brendan, on numerous musical theater productions for Newton High School, the Villagers Summer Theater Teen Program and the Boys and Girls Club of Northern NJ.

Most of all, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, son, Brady and daughter, Julian.

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IRENE ADJAN

SOUTH FLORIDA

Susan Santoro Martz

COLORADO

Irene began performing with The Yuletide Carolers in 2004 and has been filling the role of South Florida Director since 2006. She has performed professionally for over 25 years as an active member of the South Florida professional regional theatre community working in theaters such as Coconut Grove Playhouse, Actors’ Playhouse, Caldwell Theatre Company, Palm Beach Dramaworks, and the Maltz Jupiter Theatre. She is an eleven-time Carbonell Award nominee and has won the award three times.

Irene is also a graduate of Florida Culinary School’s international baking and pastry arts program.

Susan is a jersey girl born and raised. Singing and dancing her way through the regional theaters of NJ, CT, DE, & PA, Susan quickly found herself living her dream on the Broadway stage in Evita, Late Nite Comic, CATS, A Chorus Line, and Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. She was an original member of the Broadway Inspirational Voices, and has done numerous club acts for Broadway Cares, Equity Fights Aids. After meeting her (soon to be) husband in a show in L.A., where they played husband & wife, Susan realized together they made "beautiful music together" and married in 1995. They started their first season of The Yuletide Carolers in NJ that same year with only four carolers and some rented costumes. 25yrs later, they have compiled over 60 singers during the holiday season, costume them in professionally hand crafted Victorian attire and sing for both the rich and famous, as well as for charity organizations and everything in between.

During the rest of the year, Susan finds fulfillment in the healing arts. Keeping a body/mind connection through Yoga & Meditation is her super power. She dedicates her time educating others on self care using nature's tools and has written a book that reflects her teachings.   http://www.susansantoromartz.com

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John Koski

NASHVILLE

Direct from The Yuletide Carolers in New York City, John Koski is excited to be the new regional director for The Yuletide Carolers in Nashville, Tennessee. John is a professional singer and performer. His work includes performing with Tony winner Ted Sperling’s MasterVoices during the 2018 season at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. He was an original cast member (and current co-producer) of Kalevala The Musical, and popular NYC a cappella group 7th Ave Sound System. On stage he has been seen as Oliver Warbucks in Annie and in the award winning production of A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline at Playhouse on the Square in Memphis. As a broadcaster John is a two-time regional Emmy award winner and former tv station manager. He is currently a Multimedia Specialist for iHeartMedia Nashville and the Tennessee Radio Network. John's an independent voice-over artist, and a writer/producer of commercial jingles. John has teamed up with Julia Wilson Nolan, to bring the harmonies of The Yuletide Carolers to Music City USA. Julia is a successful theatre director and performance coach in the Nashville area. She is a former pop star in Japan, and toured with Earth, Wind and Fire, Lee Greenwood, Disney, and was the featured voice in the Maybe It’s Maybelline commercial campaign. Together John & Julia welcome the opportunity to bring the magic of The Yuletide Carolers to your holiday event.