What would you sacrifice for your dreams?
Told by all femme voices, The Aviatrix follows Harriet Quimby, the first American woman to get her pilot’s license and the first woman in the world to fly across the English Channel. We follow Harriet as her constant drive to achieve greatness overtakes her relationships, including her friendship with fellow aviatrix, Matilde Moisant. With a contemporary pop and jazz score, The Aviatrix shares Harriet Quimby's legacy with a new audience and sings the story of this forgotten American hero.
Tanisha Moore (Harriet Quimby; she/her) is a Jacksonville, Florida native who currently resides in New York City and just closed performances of the Off- Broadway production Emojiland! She is a graduate of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts which led her to Florida State University where she obtained a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Music Theatre. Select performance credits: touring the country with Flashdance, and Broadway’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 1st National Tour, as well as performing regionally at Signature Theatre in the world premiere of Disney’s Freaky Friday, playing “June” in Gypsy at North Carolina Theatre and playing a dynamite in Hairspray both at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre and Dallas Theatre Center. Outside of performing, she is a yoga instructor and has been teaching virtually throughout the pandemic. Check out her work at www.tanishamoore.com.
Holly Gould (Matilde Moisant; all pronouns) is a bicoastal multidisciplinary artist & storyteller. Broadway: The Ferryman (dir. Sam Mendes; Tony Award for Best Play, 2019). Developmental: The Suffragists by Shaina Taub @ The Sundance Institute (dir. Leigh Silverman), Wonder Boy @ Musical Theatre Factory, She’s Gone @ The Art Garage. Select Regional: Fun Home, Peter Pan, The Mollyhouse. BFA @ NYU Tisch School of the Arts. www.hollyrgould.com.
Ana Lovric (John Moisant; they/she) is a graduate of The New Studio on Broadway at The Tisch School of the Arts @ NYU. Previous credits: Mrs. Pomerantz in Fiorello (Off Broadway), Abigail Adams in 1776 (New Studio on Broadway), Dee in Tale of the Sackman (Main Street Theatre). Lots of love to the whole Aviatrix team!
Sarah Hogewood (Foster; she/her) is a recent graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts’ Musical Theatre program and a member of AEA. She is proud to have performed in cool spots like 54Below, Broadway’s Town Hall, The Tank, Burning Coal, Sharon Playhouse, Paper Mill, NYTF, and in theatres all around the country as the first “Ms. Frizzle” in the new Magic School Bus musical adaptation, introducing over a quarter of a million young audience members to theatre. Sarah is a development-of-new work-enthusiast and is always looking for new opportunities to collaborate! Thank you to the writers and the creative team.
Arielle Crosby (Elise, Ursula, Ensemble; she/her) Singer, Actress, and native Detroiter Arielle Crosby has performed on stages ranging from Carnegie Hall in New York to Palau de la Música in Barcelona, Spain. A graduate of Kentucky State University (B.A. in Vocal Performance), Arielle made her national tour debut in Motown the Musical as a featured ensemble member and Diana Ross understudy. Other credits include Aida (Aida), Dreamgirls (Lorrell), and In The Heights (Vanessa). Keep up with her at www.ariellecrosby.com.
Lauren "Elle" Baez (Bessie, Reporter, Ensemble; she/her) is an actress, singer/songwriter, and plus size model. Off Broadway: Ybor City (Player’s Club) and The Great Cat Massacre (St. Luke’s Theatre). Regional: Berkshire Theatre Festival’s The Skin of Our Teeth & The Petrified Forest and Priscilla Beach Theatre’s West Side Story. As recording artist “Elle Baez”, her soulful pop music has been featured in major indie outlets- Hype Magazine, LeFutureWave, and UMusicians. She uses her platform to promote body positivity and is a co-founder of the “Curvy Artists Collective”(@curvyartistscollective). Her music is available on all major streaming platforms. Graduate of NYU Tisch’s New Studio on Broadway. www.laurenbaez.com @elle_baez.
Emily van Vliet Perea (Amelia, Spokesperson, Ensemble; she/her) is a recent graduate of NYU Tisch’s New Studio on Broadway and a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association. Credits include Chava (Fiddler on the Roof), Stacy (Once Upon A Rhyme), Trisha/Swing (A Chorus Line). She would like to thank Andrew Kato and the Maltz Jupiter Theatre for their guidance and opportunities, the NSB faculty for their training and inspiration, and, of course, Casey, Lily, and the cast and creative team for the chance to be a part of new work - especially during 2020.
Lily Dwoskin (Book & Lyrics; she/her) is a bookwriter, lyricist, and playwright based in New York. She is a graduate of NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. She is the bookwriter/lyricist of: Hyena in Petticoats, The Aviatrix and The Scarlet Savior which ran Off Broadway at St. Luke's Theatre. Originally, Lily is from the greater Philadelphia region. Her one act plays: Tales of Edgar Allen Poe and Story Time: The Wizard of Oz were commissioned by Hedgerow Theatre Company. A few of Lily’s stand alone songs were performed in William Finn’s “Ridiculously Talented…” cabaret at Barrington Stage Company. Lily's work has been performed at St. Luke's Theatre, The Laurie Beechman Theatre, The Greenroom 42, and more. Lily works for and is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America and has worked as a director, dramaturg, teaching artist and stage manager. www.lilydwoskin.com.
Casey O'Neil (Music; he/him) is a writer and producer native to the NYC area. Recent credits: Off-Broadway: The Great Cat Massacre (Co-Writer, Producer), The Scarlet Savior (Co-Producer). Off-Off-Broadway: The Great Cat Massacre (Co-Writer, Producer). Tisch School of the Arts: Danny & The Rocket (Composer). Hunter College: The Bone Keepers (Composer). Radzyn, a podcast (Composer). The Essentials, feature film (Composer). BM in Trombone Performance, Eastman School of Music. MFA in Graduate Musical Theatre Writing, NYU.
Ellie Handel (Director; she/her) is a New York-based director, performer, and stage manager with a passion for developing and cultivating new plays and musicals. Upcoming: Puffs (Premiere Virtual Production) with Russo-Richardson Productions. Off-Broadway: Aussie Song (Director), The Great Cat Massacre (Assistant Director/PSM - St. Luke's Theatre). Workshops: The Mezzino (Director), The Wives of Henry the Eighth (Director, Music/Book/Lyrics), Nanny McPhee: The Musical (Director, Music/Book/Lyrics), Grand Budapest Hotel The Musical (Director, Music/Book/Lyrics). Regional: Reunion '69 & Reunion '85 (Assistant Director). Proud graduate of NYU Tisch’s New Studio on Broadway with a BFA in Drama. For Mom, Dad, & Sophie. www.EllieHandel.com.
Becky Abramowitz (Associate Producer; she/her) is a NYC-based storyteller focused on elevating underrepresented voices and developing new tales as a director, stage manager, and producer. Off-Broadway includes: The Yellow Wallpaper (IRT Theater); Emojiland (The Duke, NYMF); Confidence and The Speech (Theatre Row); The Bigot (Theatre at St. Clement’s); Drunk Shakespeare, Trainspotting Live (Brass Jar Prod); The Diana Tapes (HERE Arts Center); The Comedian’s Tragedy, Miss Julie (Access Theater); The Skin of Our Teeth, Pericles, A Doll’s House, The Father (TFANA); and Sleep No More. More NYC: The Gallery Players, Theatre C, and many festivals. Regional: Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, Barrington Stage, Berkshire Theatre Group, Endstation Theatre. B.A. Theatre, FSU. Proud AEA member.
Tara Forseth (Choreographer; she/her) THEATRE: Guys and Dolls (Guthrie Theatre), Bright Star (Phoenix Theatre, IN), Front Page Flo (Adirondack Theatre Festival), Oklahoma!, Sweeney Todd, Spring Awakening (Woodstock Playhouse). CHOREOGRAPHY: Assistant to Dell Howlett: Guys and Dolls (Guthrie Theatre), Swing!, Working (NYU Tisch NSB); Associate for Barry McNabb: On a Clear Day... (Irish Repertory Theatre); Choreographer: Cry Baby, You’re a Good Man..., (NYU Tisch NSB), TRAINING B.F.A. NYU Tisch. Upcoming: Guys and Dolls at Ford’s Theatre. www.taraforseth.com IG @tarakellyforseth.
Charlotte Seelig (Lighting Designer, Dramaturg; she/her) is a professional lighting designer and amateur dramaturg based in New York City. Selected Lighting Credits: The Great Cat Massacre, The Scarlet Savior, #Adulting (Off-Broadway), Fool’s Paradise (The Brick), Twelfth Night, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The American Clock, A Little Night Music, Red Noses, Merrily We Roll Along, Fun Home, Machinal, Bernarda Alba, Cabaret (NSB), Gun & Powder, Danny and the Rocket (Tisch New Musical Theatre Workshop), The Comedy of Errors, The 39 Steps, Shakespeare’s Will (regional, Lost Nation Theater). You can learn more about her work at www.charlotteseelig.com.
Marieke Bauer (Virtual Backgrounds Designer; they/she) is a nonbinary artist and a recent graduate of NYU's New Studio on Broadway. They were previously seen acting in Runaways and a reading of the Graduate Musical Theatre Wing We Are The Ones. Find them on instagram and see more of their work: @mariekepaprika.
Chanel Morehead (Costume Designer; she/her) attended NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, studying in the Department of Drama’s New Studio on Broadway as well as studying costume design. Some of her favorite roles include Bebe in A Chorus Line (directed by Krysta Rodriguez), Penny in Hairspray, Wanda in Cry Baby, Eponine in Les Mis, and Little Red in Into The Woods. In addition to performing, Chanel works as a costume and wig designer.
Fadi Magdi (Sound Designer; he/him) is a multi-disciplinary film and theatre artist based in NYC. Since graduating from the College of Charleston with a BA in Theatre, he has worked as a director, cinematographer, and sound designer. Theater: Waiting for Godot, The Secret Garden, Trifles, Withdrawal, Cowards, you. Cinematography: Another World, Missing, Timeless. Additional Film: Bull, Side Swiped, One Too Many, Petra Vack. This is Fadi's first remote musical and he is ecstatic to be on the team. For more of his work, check out FadesInProductions.com.
Caroline Ragland (Production Stage Manager; she/her) is thrilled to be joining Lily, Casey, and Ellie to work on this debut production of The Aviatrix. A graduate from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, she holds a BFA in Musical Theatre. Previous stage management credits include: ArtsPower National Touring Theatre - Fourscore and Seven Years Ago; Connelly Theatre - All Hallow's Eve (Dir. Martin P. Robinson); New Studio on Broadway at Tisch - Clouds, A Midsummer Night's Dream; Mill Mountain Theatre - The Little Mermaid Jr., A Peter Rabbit Tale, Next to Normal (ASM); Lake Dillon Theatre Company - Tiny Beautiful Things (ASM); Edinburgh Fringe Festival - Guru of Touch; South Brooklyn Shakespeare - Winter's Tale; Chicago Shakespeare Theatre - Short Shakespeare! Macbeth. www.carolineragland.com.
Matt Berzon (Music Supervisor; he/him) is humbled and thrilled to be working on this great piece. He is recent graduate of NYU Tisch Drama’s New Studio on Broadway Musical Theater Program, having completed a BFA in Drama. Since graduating, Matthew has had the opportunity to work closely- both as an actor and as a musician- with some wonderful artists, including directors Annie Tippe, Sarna Lapine, and Victoria Clark, as well as the various musical talents of Deborah Abramson, Neil Bartram, J Navarro, Tom Murray, and Michael Starobin. Matthew is himself a composer, actor, singer, arranger, orchestrator, musician, copyist, dancer, and whatever else pays the bills and feeds the creative soul at any moment. All the love in my heart to Casey, Lily, and this whole fearless team, bravely charging forward to make new work in uncertain times.
Matthew Cody (Cinematographer; he/him) is a recent graduate of Towson University with a BS in Film and Electronic Media. His recent projects include his short film Toxic, which won Best Short Drama Screenplay at the Long Island East-End Film Festival and also recently selected as a finalist for the Florence Film Awards. Additional projects include his short films The Shoes and Escape. You can see more of his work here.
Eli Krauss (Video Editor; he/him) is a filmmaker based in NYC. His past projects include Chasing Tails, A Look in My Sketchbook, The Future of Thumb War, and A Stolen Heart. He holds a degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York, NY. You can view his work at www.KraussFilms.com.
Sophia Handel (Video Editor; she/her) is a video editor, photographer, and content creator based in Towson, Maryland. She is an upcoming Spring 2021 graduate of Towson University with a BS in Film and Electronic Media and a minor in Business Administration. As a video editor, she specializes in documentary editing and post-production. As a content creator, she creates promo trailers and TikToks for the webseries Adulting with Jane, as well as manages additional social media platforms. To view her work and learn more, go to SophieCuts.com.
Tuânminh Albert Đỗ (Sound Assistant; he/him) is an NYC-based Polish-Vietnamese artist. He is a recent graduate of NYU's New Studio on Broadway and has been seen in NSB's productions of The Clouds, Cabaret, and Wild Party.
Check out snippets of the show as we get closer to our January release!