Meet The Creative Team of Rosemary And Thyme
Peter Link, composer and lyricist, CEO and Creative Director of Watchfire Music, wrote the music for Rosemary And Thyme. As a collaborator, he co-wrote the lyrics and book with distinguished playwright, poet and author, Ragan Courtney. Director, coach and teacher Ron Stetson brought his refined dramaturgy skill to the project and directed Rosemary And Thyme.
Rosemary And Thyme
Book and Lyrics
by Peter Link and Ragan Courtney
Music by Peter Link
Dramaturgy and Direction by Ron Stetson
Peter Link – Book, Lyrics, and Music
Peter Link is an American composer, writer and record producer. He won the NY Drama Desk Award for his musical, Salvation, out of which came his first Gold Record, If You Let Me Make Love To You, Then Why Can’t I Touch You? which sold over two million records. He is a two-time Tony Award Nominee for his musical scores of Joseph Papp’s Much Ado About Nothing and Neil Simon’s The Good Doctor. His Broadway credits include Ulysses In Nighttown (Zero Mostel), Lysistrata (Melina Mercouri), The Mighty Gents (Morgan Freeman), Trelawney Of The Wells at Lincoln Center (Meryl Streep, Michael Tucker, Mandy Patinkin, John Lithgow) and King Of Hearts.
For over half a decade he served as Composer-In-Residence at the NY Shakespeare Festival’s Public Theater writing a myriad of styles of music for over 40 dramatic productions. His Off-Broadway credits are too numerous to mention, but include The River, Salvation, Hot Chocolate and Is Anybody Listening?
He composed, produced and directed The Jenny Burton Experience. The group swept all the major NYC cabaret awards for Best Vocal Group during their more than 7-year run in NYC including the Backstage Bistro Award, The Critics Choice Award and The MAC Award and Entertainers Of The Year. He also has worked as Ms Burton’s record producer for over 30 years now, producing all her albums.
He has written and produced many of Julia Wade’s CDs, including her latest release, Julia Wade and Friends, a Christmas album, all the way back to her first CDs, Upon The Mountain, Story For The Ages, Alabado sea Dios, as well as Every Day, Duets, Deep Waters, Affirmations, Wings, Solos and Silk Road.
He has also produced many other CDs. Among them are Mindy Jostyn, Coming Home, a solo CD for Steve Blanchard, star of Beauty And The Beast on Broadway, Shepherd for guitarist Bobby Stanton, a new CD of children’s songs, entitled For Kids Only and solo CDs for Jenny Burton, from The Jenny Burton Experience to The Best of Jenny Burton, Osceola Davis’ CD, Climbing High Mountains and his own CDs, Ode To Joy, Goin’ Home and his recently released Remnants.
In 2015 he composed, wrote and directed his New York production of “Is Anybody Listening? – Concert and Webcast” at NYC’s Sheen Center and on-line – a production that debuted on-line in 2019.
Mr. Link is also the Master Teacher at Watchfire Music University teaching classes in all things musical to students around the world.
He is CEO and Creative Director of Watchfire Music.
For complete info on Peter Link, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Link
Ragan Courtney – Book and Lyrics
Ragan Courtney is a communicator. As a ninth grader he had his first poem published, and this event directed him into a study of literature and a career in writing. When he graduated from Louisiana College, he enrolled in The New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, but left after one semester to study acting at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater in New York City. After graduating from the Playhouse, Ragan worked at various jobs in the city while working toward the goal of a career in theater. His break came when he and his cousin, C.C. Courtney, wrote and starred in the musical, “Earl of Ruston.” After touring the South the show opened on Broadway in the Billy Rose Theater, but it closed within a week. Devastated at this sense of failure, Ragan was deeply depressed; however, at his lowest point he had a profound spiritual experience that transformed his life.
Out of this experience he wrote, “Celebrate Life!” with his good friend Buryl Red that went on to sell over a million copies and be performed in countless venues. He then wrote, “Bright, New Wings,” with his wife, Cynthia Clawson, and it, too, was a success. In addition to “Celebrate Life!” and “Bright, New Wings,” Courtney has written and published the following church musicals: “Beginnings,” “Lottie D.,” “Acts,” “In the Name of the Lord,” “Song of Bethlehem,” “Angels,” “In Obedience,” and “Room at the Inn,” to name a few. He also wrote and published five books of poetry. They are: Poems, by Broadman Press; The Wind I Soar On and Death Has Set My Mind on Fire, by Triune Publishing; Suddenly Single, by Zondervan Publishers; and Three Voices, by Convention Press.
Ragan taught at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky; worked for the Baptist Sunday School Board in Nashville, Tennessee as a Drama and Worship Consultant; and was the Director of the Center for Christianity and the Arts at Houston Baptist University. He has conducted countless workshops across the country on creative worship. Additionally, he has written, directed, and performed in plays and pageants for nearly 25 years including the remarkable presentation “A Christmas Spectacular” at Houston’s First Baptist Church.
Ron Stetson – Dramaturg and Director
Ron Stetson is an actor, teacher, coach, dramaturg and director having directed and taught thousands of New York actors over the course of his career.
For 25 years, Ron directed and acted at the famed Ensemble Studio Theater in New York City.
For over 35 years, Ron was a senior faculty member of The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City where he taught acting and directed numerous plays. Ron studied acting with Sanford Meisner and was later trained by Mr. Meisner, as his protege, to teach the Meisner Technique at The Neighborhood Playhouse and at Ron’s private acting studio, Stetson Studio.
Of the many talented actors to step into Ron’s classes to train, Viola Davis is his best-know student. During James Lipton’s interview with her on Inside The Actors Studio, Ms. Davis invited Ron to participate in the interview to talk about her process as an actor. Viola has written about Ron’s foundational influence upon her as her first acting teacher in her just-released autobiography, Finding Me: A Memoir.
Ron’s influence as both a master teacher and a director is best summed up by Viola’s tweet in 2018:
“Yes. @RonStetson at The Neighborhood Playhouse. He told me about the obstacles and then stood on the sidelines as my biggest cheerleader. “