We are thrilled and proud to share that we have five professionally diverse and talented judges from across the country lined up for Shining Star CLE 2018!
Rashad V. Chambers
Founder and President of Esquire Entertainment
Founder and President of Esquire Entertainment, a boutique talent management and production company. Rashad manages a diverse roster of artists who have been seen in projects such as Frozen, Wicked, The Book of Mormon, Jersey Boys, The Lion King, and Gotham. Rashad’s first feature film, True to the Heart, won four awards at the Long Island International Film Expo and was an official selection at the Big Apple Film Festival. In addition, his short film, Click, was an official selection at the Hollywood Black Film Festival and the Pan African Film Festival. Rashad produced the world premiere of the Off Broadway play, The Erlkings. He also developed a new musical, Goddess, which was presented at the Eugene O’Neill Musical Theatre Conference. Finally, he is the co lead producer of It Happened In Key West: The Musical, which will open in London in 2018. Rashad’s professional affiliations included: Active Theater Company Board of Directors, Character Studies Productions Board of Directors, and The Broadway League Producer Development Program.
A versatile performer, Liz Huff does concert work, theater, improv, and collaborative arts projects throughout the Midwest and locations as far-flung as Estonia and Finland. Music and Comedy have led Liz to performing on many diverse stages and venues including Severance Hall and Nighttown, as well as the Del Close Marathon at Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC. An advocate for new work in theatre and music, Liz has premiered works by a number of composers, including Ryan Charles Ramer and Sam Guarnaccia (Emergent Universe Oratorio with Cleveland Chamber Choir). Classically trained, she is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and studied improv at The Annoyance Theater in Chicago. Liz released her debut solo album, My Favorite Things: A Christmas Collection, in fall 2015; she is a member of The Recording Academy (Grammy’s).
President, The CW Television Network
Since 2011, Mark Pedowitz has served as president of The CW Network, which under his guidance, is home to critically acclaimed and popular series such as “Arrow”, “The Flash” and “Supernatural” as well as the award-winning comedies “Jane the Virgin” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”.” Mark previously served as president of ABC Studios, producing such hits as “Lost”, “Desperate Housewives” and “Grey’s Anatomy”. He formerly served as executive vice president for the ABC Television Entertainment Group. Mark is currently a board member of BMI, a non-profit music rights organization. He has also served on the boards of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Hollywood Radio & Television Society. In 2016, Mark was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable’s Hall of Fame.
A versatile mezzo-soprano, Tina’s repertoire runs the gamut from opera to jazz. She has performed as a soloist with the Akron Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Pops Orchestra under the direction of Carl Topilow. Her most recent foray was a cabaret at Cain Park’s Alma Theater, Angie and Tina Sing the Great American Song Book. Cleveland metropolitan area performances include Christmas Present in The Christmas Carol Rag, Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray, and Rosa in Respect. She was featured as Power Woman in Menopause the Musical, which enjoyed a two-year run at Playhouse Square’s 14th Street Theatre. Tina originated the role of Pontius Pilate’s wife in the premiere of The Gospel According to Broadway at the Hackney Empire Theatre (London, England).
Artistic Director and Conductor, Cleveland Pops Orchestra
Currently in his 23rd year as founding conductor of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Carl Topilow is renowned for his versatility, whether he is holding a conductor’s baton or his trademark red clarinet. He is a multi-talented virtuoso who is equally at home in classical and popular music, both as conductor and instrumentalist. Carl’s Pops performances blend classical, swing, jazz, Broadway, Dixieland and Klezmer music, and he usually finds an occasion to include a number that features him as clarinetist. Carl also holds conducting posts at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the National Repertory Orchestra and as Director/Conductor of the Firelands Symphony.