Don't Look Away.
Based on the original Greek myth, MEDUSA is the story of a woman who tries to make her own fate in a patriarchal world. When the god Poseidon assaults her by the sea one night, she learns just how little power she holds in the supposedly free and enlightened city of Athens. As Medusa fights back against both gods and mortals, rumors fly about this angry woman with “snakes in her hair.” The legend is born. Told with modern language and a darkly energetic score, MEDUSA is an ancient tragedy that is as timely and necessary now as ever.

The team

the cast

Alexia Sielo (Medusa )

L. Steven Taylor (Perseus )

Kate Shindle (Athena )

Theo Stockman (Poseidon )

Heidi Blinkenstaff (Steno)

Ally Bonino (Euryale )

Mykal Kilgore (Tiresias )

Vivienne Cleary (Eritha )

Kuhoo Verma (Karpathia )

Nick Belton (Antiochus/Archon )

Justin Gregory Lopez (Belo)

creative Team

Wes Braver (Book, Music, Lyrics)
Braver is a composer, lyricist and playwright from Washington, D.C. Past work includes musicials, Hear No Evil in the Year 2090, (Music, Lyrics, and co-Book) and Galapago, (Music, Lyrics, and co-Book) which were produced in Colorado; a song cycle, Space Cases; and METADATA, an electro-pop concept album about Edward Snowden (available on Spotify/iTunes). He wrote the songs for the musical film Chatsworth, which premiered at HBO’s New York Latino Film Festival, and the score for the film “Youth,” premiering at SXSW in 2019. His songs have been featured at Barrington Stage and the Laurie Beechman Theater, and his music has been featured in a number of films, dance, and with the Broken Box Mime Company. Wes holds a B.A. in Music from Colorado College and an M.F.A. from NYU Tisch’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.

Rachel Dean (Book, Music, Lyrics)
Rachel Dean is a New York City-based composer, pianist, and music director. She is a pianist for Hamilton and Moulin Rouge on Broadway, and has collaborated alongside the likes of Luis Salgado, Brandon Uranowitz, Alysha Umphress, and Jennifer Jancuska. An ASCAP award recipient, Rachel has had her work performed in New York, Tokyo, Miami, Ohio, Arizona, and New Jersey. Other musicals in development include The Anxiety Project (with David Brush), Unmasked (with Amy Burgess), and The Ballad of Janis Matthews and the Dodo Scouts (with Giancarlo Rodaz). Rachel is a member of ASCAP and Local 802.

Chloe Treat (Director)
Chloe Treat is a New York based director and choreographer. Born and raised in the great, if not occasionally problematic state of Texas; she directs and choreographs big ass musicals. Hire her to do any show with a dream ballet, a musical with 100 people that only has two weeks to rehearse, or if you're doing Seven Brides for Seven Brothers because she really wants to do that one. Some of the things she cares about, in no particular order, are: improving the representation of women on stage and in creative teams, democratizing storytelling, Pina Bausch, using the theatre as a center for community and dialogue, golden age musicals, Tennessee Williams, and Westerns!

Mayte Natalio (Choreographer)
Mayte is from Queens, New York. She trained atbthe LaGuardia H.S. for the Performing Arts as well SUNY Purchase (BFA) and has had an extensive performing career. As a choreographer she has been a part of  Camille A. Brown’s choreography team on several productions including NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live,  Atlantic Theater Company’s This Ain’t No Disco and most recently as associate choreographer on The Metropolitan Opera’s Porgy and Bess. Choreography credits include Public Works/Dallas Theater Center’s The Tempest (associate choreographer) and The Winter’s Tale (choreographer), Juilliard’s Red Speedo, NYU/NewStudio Runaways, Barrington Stage Into the Woods, The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit Measure for Measure and premiering in Spring 2020, Virgin Voyage’s Another Rose. Mayte is a Co-Founder of the immersive events production company MinuteZero.

Matt Castle (Music director)
Matt has helped develop 100+ new musicals at Sundance, NYU, Playwrights Horizons, TheaterWorksUSA, Disney Cruise Line, Musical Theatre Factory, Page 73, Weston Playhouse, Pittsburgh CLO, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Signature (NYC), Signature (DC), Goodspeed, York Theatre, Barrington Stage, NYMF, and CAP21. As musical director, highlights include Into the Woods (Fiasco), Found (Atlantic, PTC), Chick Flick (Off-Broadway), The Last Five Years (ACT), Once Upon a Mattress (Transport Group), Disney Beauty and the Beast (Disney Cruise Line) and Indian Joe (Goodspeed). As actor/musician: Company (2007 Broadway revival), Merrily We Roll Along (Cincinnati Playhouse), original off-Broadway casts of Musical of Musicals, Enter Laughing, and LingoLand. He and his husband, Frank Galgano, have co-orchestrated more than 30 shows; current projects include Scotland, PA (Roundabout) and The Elf on the Shelf (Mills Entertainment)

Kai Harada (Sound Designer)
Broadway: Head Over Heels; The Band’s Visit (Tony Award, Drama Desk Award); Amélie; Sunday in the Park With George; Allegiance; Gigi; Fun Home; On the Town; First Date; Follies (Tony, Drama Desk Nominations); and Million Dollar Quartet. Other: A Chorus Line; Grand Hotel (City Center); Candide (LA Opera); Marie (5th Avenue); The Black Clown (ART); Tommy, Little Shop of Horrors, and First You Dream (Kennedy Center); Silent Night (WNO); Zorro (Moscow; Atlanta); Hinterm Horizont (Berlin); Sweeney Todd and Man of La Mancha (Portland Opera); Benny and Joon (Paper Mill). Consultant for Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Education: Yale.

Vita E. Cleveland (Percussion)
Originally from Cleveland, OH., Vita E. has been surrounded by the power of art since childhood. From then on, they made a pledge that they would use the art that inspired them to influence thought, change, and freedom to exist without apology. This pledge would lead to her life as a percussionist, educator, poet, vocalist, and activist.  Vita’s passion as a Black Trans Femme artist has led to many milestones. As a musician, she’s finished a summer-long role as percussionist, mentor, and vocalist for the Creede Repertory Theatre, the full-stage debut of the hip-hop musical, Once Upon a Rhyme, and the most recent workshop performance of Medusa. Their response track to Janelle Monae, Hell Y'all Ain't Talmbout, was included in Source Magazines, "10 Songs Soundtracking the Black Lives Matter Movement." She recently made her Off-Broadway debut as Violet in The Secret Life of Bees, and is currently creating new content on her YouTube channel, Vita E.

Kate Lumpkin, CSA (Casting Director)
NY: Bandstand (1st National Tour), OSCAR @ The Crown, We Are Here (dir. Steven Hoggett), We Are The Tigers, Safeword, Afterglow, Cleopatra, The Bad Years, Eco Village, Unraveled, Letters to the President, Reunion 69, Single Rider, Diaspora, The Other Side of Paradise, Counting Sheep, The Excavation of Mary Anning, Agent 355, Emma: A New Musical, Love In Hate Nation, Five Points, Hart Island, Eastbound, Interstate, Honey Dipped Apocalypse Girls, Fefu and Her Friends. Regional: Endlings (A.R.T + NYTW), West Side Story (Kennedy Center), On The Town (Kennedy Center), Beau (ATF), Evocation to Visible Appearance (Actors Theatre of Louisville), We Are Here (Las Vegas), Opium (Las Vegas), A Christmas Carol (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Reunion 69 & Reunion 85 (Newman Center). Proud educator with The Broadway Collective. For more information, please visit kate-lumpkin.com. @katelumpkin

Nora Alami (Dramaturg)
Nora is a first-generation Moroccan-American dance artist, dramaturg, and independent arts manager originally from Colorado, based in Brooklyn. Her choreography has been presented at the International Center of Photography, New York Live Arts, Center for Performance Research, Movement Research at Judson Church, as well as in music videos and a short film. She has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, River to River Festival, and the 2018 Focus on Mediterranean Choreography series in Italy. She was awarded the Alliance for Artist Communities’ Diversity + Leadership Fellowship and the New York Live Arts Fresh Tracks Choreographic Residency. She joyously serves on the FAILSPACE Steering Committee and currently works independently with Jaamil Olawale Kosoko Projects and PeoplMovr. She is a proud member of the “Medusa” creative team.

Shayla Gordon (Dramaturg)
Shayla is a performer, writer, dramaturg, tarot reader, and amateur horticulturist based in Cleveland, OH. She is focused on creating and developing stories with a spiritual, intersectional, and trauma informed perspective that uplift BIPOC voices. Her goal is to create work that facilitates radical community based healing. She is currently working on a project using the divine feminine as a framework to talk about radical pleasure and the ways in which joy and reception are integral to liberation. She has served as a reader for several theaters and festivals and works freelance as an editor for stageplays, screenplays, and manuscripts.

Frank Galgano (Creative Consultant)
Frank is a multi-faceted theater artist, with acting and directing credits off-Broadway and in regional theater…in addition to producing cast albums and new musical demos. Together with his husband, Matt Castle, they have orchestrated more than 30 shows, including Scotland, PA (Roundabout), Into the Woods (Roundabout/Fiasco), Found (Atlantic, Philadelphia), Chick Flick, the Musical (off-Broadway), Once Upon a Mattress (Transport Group), A Dog Story (Off-Broadway), Disney Beauty and the Beast (Disney Cruise Line), The Elf on the Shelf and American Girl Live! (Mills Entertainment), Up and Away (Pittsburgh CLO), String (Village Theatre), Kris Kringle (Town Hall, Proctors), The Donner Party and A Little Princess (Sacramento); many new works for Theatreworks/USA, Kennedy Center, George Street Playhouse. They have written concert orchestrations for BC/EFA and a diverse range of performers: from Carole King, Randy Newman, Aloe Blacc and Randy Rainbow to Broadway stars Beth Leavel, Cynthia Erivo, and Kristin Chenoweth.

Evan Bernardin Productions (General Management)
EBP is a general management firm specializing in consulting and management for theatrical productions. Touring: Million Dollar Quartet, Charlie Brown Christmas, Counting Sheep (International Tour) Select Off-Broadway: We Are The Tigers,  Eco-Village, Afterglow, Diaspora, Must. Other: The Bikinis, The Dodgers (LA), The Navigator (NYT Critics Pick). EBP has worked with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BCEFA), New York Musical Festival (NYMF), Fringe (NY & LA); collaborative projects include performances at Lincoln Center, The United Nations, The Havard Club, Cornell University, Georgetown’s Gaston Hall, The Culture Project, The Ohio Theater and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. www.evanbernardinproductions.com

Sylvie Scowcroft (Producer)
Sylvie Scowcroft is a New York native producer and performer. A graduate of The Spence School and Colorado College with a degree in Mathematical Economics and Dance, she has always straddled the performing arts and business worlds. She has worked in Risk Management at Bank of America, held various financial and operational roles in tech companies and is now working as a financial planner in Brooklyn. On the creative side she has produced a number of original musicals including Hear No Evil in the Year 2090 (Braver), Galapago (Braver & Moore), Freda (Taproot) and a revival of Company (Sondheim). She has worked as the Creative Director for Roy Productions and currently serves as the Board Treasurer for Flight Path Dance Project.

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