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Keith Merrill
Artistic Director & Founder

Trained at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama & Post-Grad at The Royal Academy

of Music. Acting credits include: God of Carnage UK Tour with Elizabeth McGovern; Hello Again (Union); Glass Menagerie with Honor Blackman; Camelot with Robert Goulet/ Debby Boone; The Crucible with Gareth Thomas. Artistic Director of The Salon, London: Entertaining Mr. Sloane with Harriet Thorpe; The Einstein Letter with Sara Kestelman at The Other Palace. Artistic Director of Noël and Company, NYC: The Vortex with Edward Hibbert/ Suzanne Bertish; Design For Living; The Mousetrap directed by Larry Fuller starring Carole Shelley and Jill Paice; The Cherry Orchard with Suzanne Bertish; After the Dance; Liliom with Erin Davie; Ghosts with Michael Urie; What Every Woman Knows with Carole Shelley; Star Quality with Bebe Neuwirth at Lincoln Center. Writing: Noël Coward: The Women of His World with Dana Ivey, Alan Cox, Cady Huffman and Dee Hoty commissioned by The Noël Coward Foundation at Lincoln Center. Frankly Sinatra at The RSC Summerhouse in Stratford. Lorelei (the unfinished Novello operetta); Anyone Can Whistle liner notes for the new Maria Friedman recording; Ibsen’s Ghosts (adaptation); Ionesco’s Rhinoceros (adaptation). Great language plays and gifted Artists are my passions and championing them via The Salon is my mission.

Guillermo Názara

Co-Artistic Director

A passionate creative soul since he was a child, Guillermo Názara’s career has explored many fields in the performing arts sphere despite his young age. From working as both a writer and composer to doing several collaborations as a voiceover actor with major production companies, his credits include a long list of milestones, such as penning music for the London Ballet Company or receiving several international accolades, like the ‘Creatividad al Piano’ Composition Award or the ‘Adalid de la Música’ Award, the latter as an acknowledgment for his efforts to promote the theatre through this site.

Founding Primera Fila while still in University, it would not take long until he would develop some new sizeable projects, such his original poem Love Goes Never Alone, in support of the LGBT+ community, for which he gathered 16 international stars to read it (names include Stephen Fry, Debra Messing, Neil Gaiman, Sharon Osbourne, Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz) as well as gaining international press attention. Other interesting achievements for this media include his short documentary Wicked: Fifteen Betwiching Years, which he produced, wrote, edited and voiced over and which was hosted by Broadway and TV sensation Kristin Chenoweth, who peformed the script he wrote for her.

His extensive work as a theatre journalist has led him to interview some of the biggest legends in both West End and Broadway history, such as Sierra BoggessStephen SchwartzTim Rice or Julie Taymor, among many others. In addition, the success of the site has led him to run some exclusive content provided by top international producers, such as Jonathan Hay. Apart from that, he has kept participating in external projects, like for instance, serving as as board member of the first Madrid Musical Theatre Association.

Currently, apart from his ongoing work on Primera Fila, he’s immersed in the creation of several theatre pieces, including musicals and plays, all of which to be announced in due course.