The Forté Awards Nomination Committee

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Jessica Broyles (Dance)

 

Jessica Broyles in the owner of her Tahoe based company Champagne Productions, better known as CPTahoe. Jessica a northern Nevada grown gal, began dancing at age three and started choreographing her high school productions.  In hindsight she was practically groomed to manage talent, direct and produce shows. After living and studying dance in Los Angeles, she danced as a bonified showgirl in South Lake Tahoe and Reno then eventually traveled to Europe on USO tours.  Jessica’s second journey to Los Angeles she performed in live music shows weekly but was asked again to return to Tahoe as a choreographer.  This would be Jessica’s turning point in her career; as much as she loves to perform she is best being the creator. In 2006 Jessica created Tahoe’s only and first burlesque troupe The Champagne Dolls, her company now is an extension of her first steps into the industry as a producer.

With Jess’ accomplishments, experience, and creative eye starting CPTahoe has flourished into talent management for many local professionals while specializing in production shows.  Jessica is known for her amazing drive, humbleness, and playfulness within the creative process.  Jessica is very excited to be apart of the Forte Awards as she feels so blessed to be apart of this performing arts community!

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Kathy Grimm (Theater)

Kathy is a Nevada-based freelance writer.  She began writing theater reviews as homework assignments while acquiring her bachelor’s degree in journalism at The University of Nevada, Reno.
 
“I wanted to thank the theaters for adding to my life.   I’ve enjoyed writing about their productions.   I hope it encouraged others to attend theater and appreciate the hard work involved in all aspects of putting on a show.”
 
A native New Yorker, enjoying Northern Nevada’s beauty, Kathy is honored to participate in the forte´ Awards.  She’s thrilled charities will benefit.
 
 
Visit Kathy’s website at: www.sierrascribes.net 
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Nick McCabe (Music)

Nick McCabe has been playing music since 1967 when he got his first drum set and started studying with private teachers and taking music classes in school. He continued his studies throughout his high school years and moved on by majoring in music at the California State University of Sacramento as a percussionist. During this time he also taught music, and studied with Peter Erskine of the Stan Kenton Jazz Band and Weather Report. He ended his private tutelage with master percussionist Stanley Lunetta, timpanist for the Sacramento Symphony and percussionist for Sacramento’s Music Circus. He also had the privilege of playing under the baton of world renowned composer Aaron Copeland and once with The Reno Philharmonic  Orchestra.

Coinciding with these experiences he was also heavily involved in rock and roll, progressive rock, and blues bands in Sacramento. After moving to the Reno area in 2005 he played with local area musicians for a couple years before setting his sticks down and picking up his camera and embracing the world of concert photography. After a couple years of freelancing for the Reno Gazette Journal he broke off on his own and added writer and reviewer to his credentials. For the past few years he has found satisfaction and success in shooting and reviewing the shows of major touring artists, as well as local musicians for on line publications.

Recently he has picked the sticks back up and is looking forward to getting back on the stage to play for audiences and get his own picture taken. Any day now…

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Tom Gordon (Music)

Reno native,Tom Gordon, is a Record Producer, Engineer and Educator. His client list includes: Ozzy Osbourne, Dr. Dre, The Beach Boys, Boyz II Men, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Collective Soul, Whitesnake, Bruce Dickenson (Iron Maiden),  Buddy Miles (Hendrix), Laurie Anderson, Leonard Nimoy, Cliff Robertson, Peter Graves, Nelson, G Love and Special Sauce, Dillinger Escape Plan, E40, Doug E Fresh, Shock G, and even Milli Vanilli’s come-back album where they actually sang! Classical clients include Eric Whitacre, Edgar Meyer & the Russian National Orchestra.  TV and film work include Role Models (WB) Wife Swap and Inside Edition (ABC) Behind the Music (VH1) Celebrity Death Match and “2gether” (MTV) & The Secret Live of Walter Mitty and The Naked Gun (Fox).

Tom has been making records for 25 years with 5 Platinum and 1 Gold selling albums, 1 Emmy, 1 3M Visionary Award and over 200 independent CD’s of local and regional artists to his credit.  He has also done audio post for several independent films.  He currently runs Imirage Sound Lab and was the former head engineer at Granny’s House/ Sierra Sonics Recording Mansion.  Additionally he’s the private engineer for Mike Love of the Beach Boys.

Tom also stage manages the “Black Potatoe Music Festival;” the longest running independent music festival in the US.  There he’s worked with Honeyboy Edwards (Robert Johnson), Andy Summers (The Police), Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel), Kevin Hearn (Barenaked Ladies), Bernie Worrell (P-Funk), Grace Potter, Lakeshore Drive, John Hammond, Edwin McCain and members of both Conan O’brien and David Letterman’s bands.

Tom is a session drummer and percussionist who has played in several area bands and independent theater productions for decades.  He had a percussion scholarship to University of Southern California where he played in Trojan Marching band for 3 Rose Bowls, 2 Super Bowls,1 World Series and 1 World Expo.

Tom has a degree in Recording Sciences from USC and has been teaching Recording Arts for over 10 years at Imirage Sound Lab & the University of Nevada Reno. In 2013 he won the  Affect 100’s “Beautiful Minds” award for outstanding educator of Northern Nevada.

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Wayne Wright (Comedy/Magic)

Since Wayne was a kid he always loved comedy.

His mother took him to his first live comedy show which starred Red Skelton. He cut his comedy teeth on the Smothers Brothers, Laugh-In, Pat Paulsen, Rich Little, and many other great comics from then until now. Some famous favorites include Robin Williams, Chris Rock, Ron White, and Elayne Boosler with way too many to list them all.

In 1992 he started producing comedy shows in Southern California. After moving to Lake Tahoe he teamed up with the Crystal Bay Casino putting shows in the Crown Room for nine years. Reno Tahoe Comedy now has shows in Reno, Carson City, and Auburn in addition to Lake Tahoe.

He gives amateurs spots in many of the shows as believes in helping them get a shot at the stage. If anyone is interested they can go to renotahoecomedy.com to get in contact for a possible performance. Wayne wishes everyone the best in their career in the arts.

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Justin Impossible (Comedy/Magic)

Former resident Magician at Tamarack Junction Casino and now performing nightly at Eldorado Resort & Casino in Reno, Justin travels around the world performing for major corporations, universities, and celebrities. A third generation magician, he is owner of Impossibles Magic Shop & Theatre (to visit his shop check out www.ImpossiblesMagicShop.com), recently featured on Good Morning America, and author of the award winning picture book The Amazing Alexander which Lance Burton states “This is an amazing story!” 
 
He is a performing member of the prestigious Magic Castle in Hollywood and is president of both magic organizations in Reno, The Society of American Magicians and the International Brotherhood of Magicians. Specializing in corporate trade shows, he regularly performs for companies like Google, Microsoft, and New York Life. To see Justin in action watch his 2017 demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCMyRWlx7zg or visit his website at: www.JustinImpossible.com