ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM
VIDEO: Meet the Creative Team
Kelsey Sullivan (Librettist). Off-Off Broadway: My Love Was Stolen By a Con Man. Workshops: Il Disagio, This Play Does Not Pass the Bechtel Test, The Death of the Last and Final Pat Benetar. A playwright/librettist, Kelsey's love for the weird and unexplainable has driven her to develop a distinctively disgusting voice. As a female absurdist, she uses her work to discuss the undiscussable- specifically in the realm of love, sex, and intimacy- hoping not only to make people laugh (and groan), but also to start a dialogue about the weird shit that we all experience but pretend not to. Thank you to my wonderful parents, and to my beautiful friends and partner, who have had to sit through many rants about womanhood, and who have all supported me from the very beginning. All my love.
Elisa Tarquinio (Producer). Elisa Tarquinio (Producer). Elisa Tarquinio is a Latinx/Asain American NYC based Producer and Casting Director. She currently serves as the Executive Producer at Artists Cavern Productions. She also has worked with equity casting teams for the productions of: Kinky Boots, Sound of Music, Saturday Night Fever and Murder on the Orient Express. She has also worked with Shakespeare Downtown, Little and Fierce Theatre Co., and Theatre for the New City. Degrees in Business Entertainment and Producing from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She would like to thank her friends and family for all their love and support and she cannot wait to share this experience with you all.
Nori Hung (Composer). Nori Hung is a composer, arranger, and sound engineer who grew up in Hong Kong and has spent recent years in the UK and NYC. Nori explores different styles of music composition, including electroacoustic, sonic arts, musical theatre, and orchestration. After graduating with first class honours and obtaining their Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Sheffield (UK), they moved to NYC and has recently graduated with an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing at NYU Tisch. Their electroacoustic compositions have been featured in concerts, including Sound Junction and From Brooklyn Works to Brooklynism: An Evening of Sonic Art and Poetry. They contributed work to Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre’s song cycle Village Song, and their 10-minute podcast musical “The Vacation” written with Kerry Kazmierowicztrimm and Joe Badore was featured on the podcast series The Latest Draft.
Alex Moon (General Manager). Alex Moon (Pronouns: a gentle he/him or they/them) is a genderqueer writer, director, and theatre artis based in New York City. A member of the Dramatists Guild of America, he has worked with numerous organizations, such as The American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA; Speakeasy Stage Co. in Boston, MA; Nylon Fusion Theatre Company in New York, NY; KMC-Onstage in Kaiserslautern, Germany; The Company Theatre in Norwell, MA; Theatre Collaborative in Brockton, MA; and many more. His plays have also been presented through New York University, Yale University, Boston University, Emerson College, California State University, Massasoit College, and have been recognized by the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, the Kennedy Center, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the International Thespian Society, the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild, and others. Moon is committed to epic storytelling, breaking boundaries, and aiding the collaborative process with the help of his fellow artists. He's practiced devised theatre in New York with Frantic Assembly and acting with the NSLC-Yale School of Drama joint program. He is also a proud member of the New York University Class of 2022, studying Dramatic Writing at the Tisch School of the Arts and Classics with the College of Arts and Sciences.
Sebastian Zuniga (Director). Sebastian Zuniga (he/him) is a Mexican/Puerto Rican director, actor, and writer based in NYC/NJ. While he has directed and developed films and zoom readings, Midnight Court will be his directorial debut for the stage. In his capacity as an actor he has worked with The Voting Project (Carla's Quince), Dixon Place (The Picher Project), the Lee Strasberg Institute (The Drowsy Chaperone), Theatre C/Tisch Drama Stage (Urinetown), and El Sol Project (Canciones). He is interested in innovation, the pursuit of the truth, and theater as a celebration. B.F.A Drama/Politics at NYU (Lee Strasberg/ETW).
Connor McKenna (Dramaturg). Connor McKenna is a playwright and dramaturg from Seattle and currently studying dramatic writing and linguistics at NYU. He has served as dramaturg for the Dyon Collective's Primary as well as Village Theatre Kidstage's 2021 production of Urinetown. Connor is a long-time board member and current co-president of Broke People Play Festival at NYU.
Emily Vaeth (Production Stage Manager). Since attending Grand Canyon University, Emily has been stage managing for regional productions across the country and is currently working on productions of We Will Rock You and Driving Miss Daisy. Other professional credits include: Stage Manager for A Chorus Line, Cabaret, Elf, Anything Goes, The Good Doctor, Legally Blonde, Pippin, How to Succeed, Les Miserables, Ruthless. Assistant Wig Master for Memphis and Flashdance. Emily is extremely excited to join the Midnight Court team! Special thanks to Elisa Tarquinio, Kelsey Sullivan, Sebastian Zuniga, and the rest of the cast and crew!
David Rhea (Media Manager). David Rhea (pronounced 'RAY') is an actor, producer, and arts administrator who hails from Memphis, Tennessee. He is in his senior year studying drama at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and in the Fall of 2021, he will be starting his coursework toward a master's degree in Arts Administration through NYU Steinhardt.
Noah Mezzacappa (Videographer). Noah Mezzacappa is a Tennessee-born writer and filmmaker based in New York City. He is currently in post-production for BONES, a short film he wrote and directed, and compiling a collection of poetry. In his free time, he is passionate about hip hop, dollar pizza, and The New York Times Crossword Puzzle.
Dylin Taylor (Intern). Dylin Taylor is happy to be joining the Midnight Court Opera team! As a current undergrad in the Collaborative Arts BFA at NYU Tisch, she is pursuing the art of visual arts for stage and screen
Laney Gruber (Intern). Delaney Gruber is a BFA Musical Theater major at Fredonia with a minor in Arts Administration and is ecstatic to be working on Midnight Court Opera. Her most recent credits include The Persians (Aeschylus), Our Town, and The Sex Lives of College Girls (HBO). This is her first time executing direction and grant-writing and feels incredibly lucky to be a part of the experience. Laney is motivated by thought-provoking art that inspires others to be the best version of themselves. They thank those who took part in sharing their art and look forward to seeing more of it.
ABOUT THE CAST
Anissa Perona (Aibell). Anissa Perona (she/her) is an actor and singer based in New York City. She is a recent graduate of NYU Steinhardt, having earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. She is so thrilled to be working on this incredible piece with such an amazing crew as the world transitions back to in-person storytelling! NYU: Urinetown (Hope Cladwell), City of Angels: In Concert at Skirball (Alaura Kingsley), Darling (Florence), Guys and Dolls (Mimi/Ensemble). She has also performed virtually during the pandemic in Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick) with the NYU Pop-Up Players, Pride and Prejudice: A New Musical (Jane Bennet) as part of the Summer 2020 virtual sheNYC festival, and Something Rotten! (Ensemble) with David Mayers Productions, Inc. She is endlessly thankful for her family, friends, and mentors for their support, love, and overall presence in her life.
Marc Cobuzzi (Rowan). Marc graduated from Emerson College in 2020 with a BFA in Theatre and Performance and a Minor in Dance. He worked professionally as an actor and dancer during that time in Boston with company’s such as Wheelock Family Theatre and Reagle Music Theatre. Graduating into a global pandemic and having all of his acting contracts cancelled or postponed, he decided to move home to Philadelphia to pursue his Masters in Fashion at Thomas Jefferson University, continuing to take part in New Theatre Workshops with friends and colleagues from Emerson and NYU. He is ecstatic to be getting back into the world of live theatre as Rowan in Midnight Court, especially since he will be making his incredibly Irish family proud and performing in a festival he has dreamed of taking part in for many years!
Elisa Tarquinio (Eabha). Off-Off Broadway: Sex Shoplifting and Rock n Roll, My Love Was Stolen By a Con Man. Regional: The Bodyguard The Musical, The Wizard of Oz. Select Theatre: The Drowsy Chaperone, Sweeney Todd, The Laramie Project. Select Film: In My Head, Time Out. Thank you so much to my friends and family for the unconditional love and support. Instagram: @elisatarquinio
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