Who We Are
In 2014 Gotta Van Productions, Inc. was founded in Sarasota, FL by Ann Morrison and Blake Walton with David A. Coyle after being welcomed as solo artists by the largest solo festival in the world, The United Solo Festival in NYC
SaraSolo Productions, Inc.
Ann Morrison, Artistic Director & Blake Walton, Managing Director
Steve Patmagrian, Technical Director
Jan Docking, President
Edward Scully, Secretary
Patty Snyder-Atkins, Treasurer
Katherine Michelle Tanner
David A. Coyle, Co-Founder, President Emeritus
Natalie Gundrum, Board of Directors Emeritus
Gotta Van Productions, Inc.
dba SaraSolo Productions, Inc.
P.O. Box 3102, Sarasota FL 34230
Board of Directors President, Jan Docking
Gotta Van Productions, Inc. is a registered 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free within the state (1-800-HELP-FLA) or from the website: www.freshfromflorida.com. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state. One hundred percent (100%) of each contribution is received by Gotta Van Productions, Inc. Registration #CH-41957
Co-Founder and Artistic Director
Ann is an award-winning actress, writer, teacher and director for over 40 years. As an actress she starred on Broadway in Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along directed by Harold Prince, garnering her the 1982 Theatre World Award, and in LoveMusik (2007) also directed by Harold Prince; London's West End as Peg O'Connell in Peg; Off-Broadway in the original musical Goblin Market (Drama Desk Award Nom. for Outstanding Actress in a Musical) and was an original cast member of Forbidden Broadway. Nationally, she has starred in Sondheim on Sondheim, Into the Woods, Peter Pan, Guys & Dolls, Cabaret, Oliver! Sunset Boulevard, On A Clear Day, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Embarrassments, Good News, Anyone Can Whistle, plus many many more. In Sarasota she starred at The Banyan in A Clean House; Theater Works in Noel & Gertie, Shadowlands, Blithe Spirit, Of Thee I Sing, Cowardly Custard, Ruthless!, and I Do, I Do! with Blake Walton; at The Asolo in 1940s Radio Hour, Swingtime Canteen, Murderers, The Sound of Music, Beatsville, My Fair Lady; at The Golden Apple in Girl Crazy, Wonderful Life! the musical, and Anything Goes; The quintessential solo artist, Ann has performed cabaret in major venues across the country, most notably Feinstein's/54 Below in NYC. She was honored with a 2023 Bistro Award for her solo musical Ann Morrison: Merrily From Center Stage. She won a Best Actress Award for her solo play Linda Lovely Goes to Broadway in the United Solo Festival in NYC, and appeared there again with her solo play Word Painting: Soliloquies Around an Easel. Directing credits include both her solo play Trevor's Fire starring Blake Walton and his solo play Leading Men at the United Solo Festival; large musicals The Secret Garden, Merrily We Roll Along, Hair, On A Clear Day, Smoke On the Mountain, as well as many plays and revues. Four of Ann's solo plays are published. She was the Co-founder and Artistic Director of Kaleidoscope, a musical theatre workshop for persons with developmental disabilities. She can be heard on original cast recordings and studio recordings such as Merrily We Roll Along (Grammy Award Nom), Peg, Goblin Market, Good News, I Remember Mama, Lady Be Good (Gramophone Award), Sing Before Breakfast, and The Road to Ruin. She is the recipient of several HANDY, SAMMY, and SARASOTA MAGAZINE Awards as well as the JOHN RINGLING TOWERS AWARD. Ann plays herself in the 2017 documentary Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened. wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_Morrison
Co-Founder and Managing Director
An award-winning actor, director, playwright, and teacher, Blake studied with Sandy Meisner and Bill Esper at the Neighborhood Playhouse School in NYC. In New York he played Mark in the original, now historic, production of Doric Wilson’s The West Street Gang and a dozen other original productions Off Broadway (Ham, Rain Kisses, Young Bankers In Love, The Wooden Whistle, Family Comes First). His first play Eb & Flo (co-written with Amy Whitman) was produced at the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia. He traveled throughout FL, GA, AL, SC, and NC with FST’s first “Write-A-Play” Workshop for middle and high schools, introducing play writing to nearly 20,000 students culminating in the Edward Albee Young Playwrights Festival. Blake helped develop the original PLAYERS PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL housed on Main Street in Sarasota and became the Director of Acting and Musical Theater. He created a curriculum for acting students aged 5-80 years, encouraged other artists to teach and present workshops, taught acting and playwriting for teens and adults, and developed a summer musical theater camp for teens at the Players Theater. His workshop “That’s My Story And I’m Sticking To It”, encourages others to write solo plays based on life stories. He wrote and performed his first solo play Leading Men (2013 United Solo Festival Award “Best Premiere”) after performing Ann Morrison’s Trevor’s Fire (2012 United Solo Festival Award “Best Premiere”) in the United Solo Festival in NYC. Directing credits include many large musicals (42nd Street, Big River, Singin' In The Rain) and plays including: his play The Better Man (Chain Fest NY, Awards: "Best Ensemble" "Best Supporting Actress", Noms: "Best Play", "Best Director"); His play Out Of My Mind and a concert of Huck Walton's musical The Charm (the Theater Building, Chicago), many solo plays including: Ann Morrison in Linda Lovely Goes to Broadway and Word Painting; Heather Massie in Hedy! The Life and Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, Katherine Michele Tanner in Mann's Last Dance, and Sharon Ohrenstein in Rhapsody For Golda. Locally as an actor he has appeared at FST in The Sum of Us and Veronica's Position; Theater Works in I Do, I Do! (Sarasota Magazine Award Best Actor/Musical, HANDY Nom) and as Bette Davis in Me and Jezebel (SAMMY Award Best Actor); The Golden Apple in Oklahoma!, Stop The World..., Forum, Funny Money, Wonderful Life! the musical, Don't Dress For Dinner, and Anything Goes; The Players (as a Guest Artist) in Rags (HANDY Nom), Anything Goes (SAMMY Nom), City of Angels, and Into The Woods (Sarasota Magazine Nom); and at Tampa Bay theaters, American Stage, Central Stage and the Gorilla Theater. His film credits include the featurette Rex, and shorts, 89 Likes, A Brother's Keeper, Quietus, and Apocolypse Mambo.
Janice E. Docking
President, Board of Directors
Secretary, Board of Directors
Treasurer, Board of Directors
Board of Directors