A frequent collaborator with singers of opera and musical theater, Jad has performed with both the operatic and Broadway communities and divides his time as music director,collaborative pianist/coach, and teaching artist. Directing engagements include SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD and CAROUSEL at Opera Breve, GUYS AND DOLLS for Brooklyn Theater Arts, and MARY POPPINS, HAIR and SPRING AWAKENING for SOOP Theater Co., THE FANTASTICKS  for Millbrook Playhouse; FOOTLOOSE and RAGTIME for Regional Center for the Arts. Notables/favorites include FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE (featuring Nathan Best) and EVITA for Knoxville's Bijou Theater; AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' for Northern Stage; SWEENEY TODD at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater in NYC; THE JOHNNY at NYC's 2008 Fringe Festival; seven productions for NYC's Vital Theatre Company including EXTRAORDINARY (Int'l Fringe Festival 2005 Winner of Best Music and Lyrics) and the Off-Broadway hit PINKALICIOUS! He holds degrees from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Florida State University.