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Artistic team

Sylvia Milo
(Project Creator, Writer, Director, Actress)

An award-winning theatre artist, actress, writer and director, based in New York City. Originally from Poland, she was 2018 Fellow at the Bogliasco Foundation in Italy and was awarded that year’s Fellowship at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York. Milo wrote, starred in, and self-produced her solo play, The Other Mozart, about the forgotten, genius sister of Amadeus Mozart. The play had a critically acclaimed Off-Broadway run at HERE Arts Center, earning Drama Desk and Off Broadway Alliance nominations, and 8 New York Innovative Theatre nominations, including Outstanding Full Length Script. The Other Mozart won two NYIT Awards, including Outstanding Solo Performance by Milo. The play tours constantly, with over 300 performances to date, including 29 US states, a run in London at St. James Theatre, in Munich at the Pasinger Fabrik, and in Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Cultural Center. It was presented in Vienna at the Mozarthaus Vienna and in Salzburg at the invitation of the Mozarteum Foundation (inside the Mozarts’ Wohnhaus apartment). The play inspired the creation of an annual symposium on Maria Anna Mozart at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, and was performed as part of its first edition. In 2016, Milo was commissioned by The Guardian to write an article about The Other Mozart and its cultural impact.

Sylvia also created the character of Bob Dylan in the OBIE Award-winning The West Village Fragments by Peculiar Works, and as a member of the Bats at the Flea Theater she co-wrote and starred in Seating Arrangements, directed by Eric Pold of Gob Squad. She adapted and directed an all-female version of Hamlet and starred as Ophelia at the Mark Morris Center. In NYC she has performed at La Mama, Ontological-Hysteric, Theatre For the New City, Dixon Place, Cherry Lane, The Ohio Theatre and at MoMA. She is a graduate of New York University, with training at the Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg Theatre Institutes, and at The Grotowski Institute in Poland.

Sylvia is also a violinist (acoustic and electric violins – Irving Plaza, Knitting Factory, CBGB’s, Joe’s Pub) and has composed scores for dance and theater (Merce Cunningham Studio, La Mama). She is a graduate of New York University, with extensive training at the Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg Theatre Institutes, and at The Grotowski Institute in Poland.

Nathan Davis
(Co-creator, Composer, Sound Designer, Performer)

Nathan Davis “writes music that deals deftly and poetically with timbre and sonority,” according to the NYTimes. His ballet/opera Hagoromo premiered at BAM Next Wave Festival in a production from American Opera Projects, performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) with dancers Wendy Whelan and Jock Soto. His work also includes premieres at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, the Park Avenue Armory, The Kitchen, and Roulette; as well as at festivals in Germany, Austria, Australia, Finland, Holland, Poland, and Cuba; and Portrait concerts at both the Mostly Mozart Festival and Spoleto Festival USA. Nathan has received commissions from Ekmeles, the Calder Quartet, Yarn/Wire, La Jolla Symphony Chorus, Steven Schick, Claire Chase, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Miller Theatre, and the Ojai Festival. He has received awards from Meet the Composer, Fromm Foundation at Harvard, Copland Fund, Jerome Foundation, American Music Center, MATA, ASCAP, and a residency fellowship at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis (France).

He and Phyllis Chen won an NY Innovative Theater Award for their score to Sylvia Milo’s play The Other Mozart, for which Davis also received a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Sound Design. CDs include “On the Nature of Thingness” (winner of 2016 Independent Music Award for Best Contemporary Classical Album), “The Other Mozart”, and “Hagoromo”. Also an active percussionist and member of the International Contemporary Ensemble, he appeared as a concerto soloist with the Seattle Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, and Nagoya Philharmonic. A graduate of Rice, Yale, and a Fulbright Fellow at the Rotterdam Conservatory, Nathan currently teaches at The New School College of Performing Arts.

Janice Orlandi  (Movement Director)

A movement specialist in period styles, historic dance, psychophysical techniques, character transformation and physical dramaturgy. Trained and co-taught with Loyd Williamson and Richard Schechner. Recent directing credits include: Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies (Five Stars at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, St. James Studio London; Theater Row, Laurie Beechman, 59E59), Garbo Dreams (Red Room NYC). Movement Director: The Contrast (Mirror Repertory Company St Clements), An Ideal Husband and Tartuffe (Sonnet Repertory NYC). A certified teacher of Michael Chekhov and Williamson Technique. Period style specialist of Elizabethan and Restoration, Baroque, Regency, Victorian, Edwardian, 1920’s-1970’s. Artistic director at Actors Movement Studio NYC, faculty at TISCH School of the Arts, Atlantic Theater Company, Tom Todoroff Conservatory, University of the Arts Philadelphia, Rutgers University, New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. Her work as an educator, director, actress and movement coach has been seen at Williamstown Theater Festival, State Theater School Denmark, Lindenberg Center for Culture Netherlands, Princeton Repertory Shakespeare Festival, Classic Stage Company, Circle Rep Lab. Founding Member of Shakespeare in the Parking Lot. Featured in BACKSTAGE and the AMERICAN THEATER MAGAZINE on current “Trends in Movement Training” in theater. Member of SAG/AFTRA, AEA, SSDC.

Natalie Lomonte (Choreographer)

Natalie Lomonte is a Choreographer, Director, Performer and Teacher in NYC.  As a dancer, she collaborated to create work and toured extensively with Momix, Pilobolus, The Chase Brock Experience and Parsons Dance. She has performed on national television in the U.S., Europe and Japan and danced with Liza Minnelli in the movie Sex And The City 2. Natalie was in the original Broadway cast of Spiderman:Turn Off the Dark, where she eventually served as the Dance Captain and Dance Supervisor. In 2012 Natalie became the Movement Director for One Year Lease Theater Company and an Adjunct Professor of Dance at Fordham University. She choreographs for theater, dance, film, live events and has led creative movement workshops at Harvard University, Fordham University, Vassar College, PACE University, and Marymount Manhattan College, where she now sits on the Dance Department Advisory Board.

Natalie’s recent choreographic projects include Goddess Logic (artist: Stephanie Carlin), Sentiments Of The Shooting Stars (Ailey Citigroup Theater), Within (Joyce Theater) and Common Heart (Ailey), New York Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes,Iron & Coal (Gerald W. Lynch Theater/ Prototype Opera Festival), Rise From Our Hearts (The Soap Gallery, visual artist: Aaron Jackendoff, musician: Kasey Yale), Boys Will Be Boys (The Pond Theater Co./ 59e59 Theaters), Pieces of the Moon arial workshops & production (OYL Theater Co/ The Muse Brooklyn/ Stages Repertory Theatre). Currently, Natalie is thrilled to be working on a new musical, Estella: A Christmas Carol (creation & music by Paul Gordon, written and directed by John Caird).

Joanna Kotze (Additional movement)

Joanna Kotze is a Brooklyn-based dancer, choreographer and teacher. She was awarded a 2024 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant to Artists, the 2013 “Bessie” Award for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer and has received support from the Nathan M. Clark, Jerome, Mertz-Gilmore, and Harkness Foundations, NYFA BUILD, New Music USA, Brooklyn Arts Council, Yellowhouse, and Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants. Her choreography has been presented at the UtahPresents, American Dance Festival, Wanås Konst, Bates Dance Festival, The Yard, Wexner Center, Velocity, National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Baryshnikov Arts Center, American Dance Institute, Bard College, Danspace Project, New York Live Arts, Jacob’s Pillow, Dance New Amsterdam, Movement Research at Judson Church, and other venues and galleries. Joanna has had residencies throughout the US, Canada, and Europe and has taught at festivals, Universities, and dance centers all over the world. Joanna currently dances with Kimberly Bartosik (2009-present) and has worked with Wally Cardona (2000-2010, 2018), Stacy Spence, Annie-B Parson, Donna Uchizono, Tendayi Kuumba, Kota Yamazaki, Netta Yerushalmy, Sam Kim, Sarah Skaggs, Christopher Williams, the Metropolitan Opera ballet, Daniel Charon, Nina Winthrop and others. She is originally from South Africa and has a BA in Architecture from Miami University.

Jess Applebaum (Dramaturg)

Jess Applebaum is a dramaturg and public scholar whose practice is rooted in contemporary performance. As a dramaturg she works collaboratively with performance makers, academics, and activists to develop and facilitate creative processes. Her artistic relationships include directors Ashley Tata, Anna Brenner, and Simón Hanukai; choreographer Jody Oberfelder; and theater ensembles One Year Lease Theater Company and Kyoung’s Pacific. Jess is currently developing Edge Effect Media Group, a think-and-do tank that designs hybrid performances, across media, for the public good, with creative director and scenographer Nic Benaceraff. She holds both an MA in Performance Studies from NYU and an MFA in Dramaturgy from Columbia University. She is also pursuing her PhD at CUNY Grad Center’s Theater and Performance Program. Her scholarship focuses on the labor of dramaturgy: pushing the perceived boundaries of how research is performed and applied in both creative and academic work.  I Am the Utterance of My Name is Jess’s second collaboration with Nathan and Sylvia.

Magdalena Dąbrowska  (Costume Design)  

A versatile Polish designer whose projects include fashion, theatrical costumes and set designs, Magdalena is a graduate of Łazarski University in Warsaw and of the Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design. Her designs have been finalists at such prestigious competitions as Oskary Mody, OFF Fashion, and Złota Nitka. She participated in joint shows organized during the International Millinery Competition in France. She designed costumes for the plays, Taksówka, Spacerowicz and Ukryj Mnie w Gałęziach Drzew directed by Igor Gorzkowski for Studio Teatralne KOŁO. She also designed sets and costumes for Obchód Teatru, Czyli Kim Jest Wojciech B.? at the National Theatre of Poland and for the opera, Hamlet, at the Teatr Wielki in Poznan, Poland.  She also runs INNI – a fashion and costume design studio.

Monica Duncan (Projection Design)

Monica Duncan is a video and performance artist. Her time-based work investigates the nature of visual perception, audience-performer relations and queer potentiality through camouflage, stillness and collective image-making. Duncan’s video and performance work has been exhibited at Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Hebbel am Ufer HAU1, zeitraumexit, Komuna//Warszawa, The Kitchen, Roulette, Parkhaus Projects, Atlanta Contemporary, Hallwalls, La Casa Encendida, ZKM, LACMA, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, amongst others. She has been a visiting artist at the Atlanta College of Art, Georgia State University, Hunter College, Signal Culture, Experimental Television Center, Scena Robocza (Poznań), PACT Zollverein and at the Institute of Electronic Arts in which she and her collaborator Senem Pirler developed and live-streamed their audiovisual performance Surface Connection. Duncan received her MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego and while on a D.A.A.D fellowship her MA in Choreography and Performance at the Institute for Applied Theater Studies, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen. Duncan joined the faculty of the Department of Music, Multimedia, Theatre & Dance at Lehman College in Fall 2019.

Nicholas Houfek (Lighting Design)

Nicholas Houfek is a NYC based Lighting Designer working in Music, Dance, and Theater. Selected projects include: Claire Chase’s Density Project (The Kitchen,) International Contemporary Ensemble, Natalie Merchant, Maya Beiser, Ojai Music Festival, Silk Road Ensemble, Tyshawn Sorey’s Perle Noire directed by Peter Sellars, Marc Neikrug’s A Song by Mahler, Anohni’s She Who Saw Beautiful Things at The Kitchen, Suzanne Farrin’s La Dolce Morte at the Metropolitan Museum of Art directed by Doug Fitch, George Lewis’ Soundlines featuring Steve Schick and directed by Jim Findlay (Skirball,) Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s In The Light of Air, Ash Fure’s The Force of Things (Mostly Mozart,) The 39 Steps (Olney Theatre Center). In addition to traditional lighting for live performance Mr. Houfek has been developing a light organ software interface called the ColorSynth that acts as an intermediate between a performer and their lighting. Additionally, Mr. Houfek has designed for the Martha Graham Dance Company, Cedar Lake Contemporary Dance, and Ian Spencer Bell Dance; is an ensemble member of the International Contemporary Ensemble, a member USA829, and a graduate of Boston University.

Kodi Milburn (Stage Manager)

Kodi Lynn Milburn is involved in all things music, theater, and media. She is amicably dubbed the “swiss army knife of theater”. NYFA PCMT ‘17. Cross discipline credits include: Sylvia Milo’s The Other Mozart (Hong Kong, U.S. Tour), Heart Strings (Atlantic), AMP (HERE), Tussaud/Antoinette (IRT), My Onliness  (The New Ohio), Chess (American Theater for Actors), Uta Hagen Centennial Salon (Lincoln Center), Utterance of my name (Baryshnikov Arts Center), Sparkle Spa (BMI), Ewalt & Walker (54 Below), Mary & Max (Bobby Cronin & Crystal Skillman), Voyage en Chanson (National Sawdust), L’autre Mozart (Fringe North, Halifax Fringe), Rhinoceros (Atlantic Acting School).