Jessica Avellino – Playwright, Composer/Lyricist
Jessica is a composer, actor, musician, playwright, and student. She has been a member of the Infinity Repertory Theatre Company for three years and performed in a multitude dramas and musicals. In the past year, she served as Artistic Director, organizing and planning all fundraisers and events for the company. She started as a singer/songwriter at the age of 12 and has composed over 75 original songs. Over the years, her song writing ability continued to progress, leading to the Executive Director of the company asking her to write a musical for the company to perform. She wholeheartedly embraced the opportunity and welcomed the challenge which has been an incredible learning experience for her. Jessica has been accepted to the Music Production and Recording Arts Program at Elon University and will be attending as a Freshman in the Fall of 2016. She is extremely excited to pursue her interest in music and looks forward to having a career in music in the future.
Paul Andrew Perez – Director
Paul is the Executive Director of The Infinity Repertory Theatre Company. Infinity Rep directing Credits: Mary Zimmerman’s The Arabian Nights, Metamorphoses, Godspell, An Evening of David Ives, Romeo and Juliet, Reckless and a tour production of George Griggs’s A Midsummer Nights Dream, FAB, Boeing, Boeing. Other directing credits include the Off-Broadway productions of Dream City Twosome and Bea’s Nest, the workshop production of You Kali starring Blair Brown, 2 Galas for The Northern Westchester Center For The Arts including hosts Richard Gere, Vanessa Williams, Kevin Spacey and Gregory Hines. Writing credits include the March 2003 Off Broadway production of Heat Lightning at the Kirk Theatre. FAB was selected for the ASCAP workshop under the direction of Stephen Schwartz. In 2007 & 2012 FAB was produced at The 59East 59 Street Theatre in New York City and in the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival. His radio play Transmitter Man which was released in 2007.
Steven Loftus – Musical Director
Steven is an accomplished actor, singer and musician. He has performed extensively throughout the northeast and Europe. Having performed in some of the worlds largest venues and landmarks; Carnegie Hall, St.Patrick’s Cathedral, The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral and many others. As a actor/singer Steve has performed in many musicals, dramatic plays and choral concerts. He has also performed with various orchestras, a Capella groups, barber shop quartets and Doo-wop groups. Steve has also recorded an original cast album for a rock opera based on the story of the Elephant Man, singing the title role of the elephant man and a demo for a musical based on Cleopatra, singing the Marc Antony role. As a musical director, Steve has worked with many children’s theaters, middle schools, high schools, community theaters, colleges and regional theaters. He has also conducted a recording for the Westchester Dreamcoats featured at NY Giants Stadium.
Shrapnel’s new – brand new – and we’re devoted to making the best theatre with the best people. We started up in January, led by Artistic Director Isla van Tricht, and Executive Producer Paul Virides. We’re interested in new writing, unusual theatrical form, post-dramatism, experimental shows and mixing up conceptions of what happens in a theatre space. Our next show will hopefully do just that – Isla’s play Underground hits VAULT Festival on January 27th. We launched our first year with the 25th anniversary production of Jim Cartwright’s play Two, starring Emmerdale’s Jamie Shelton and Chelsea Halfpenny. Then, we went to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with a double-bill of Isla’s plays, The Remnants. Future plans include more of Isla’s work and also taking the writing of other up and coming voices and putting it on the stage. All of that is to come, so keep your eyes peeled for more information.
Death on the Fringe is a series of shows and events looking at death and dying which takes place during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe each year. It is part of the ongoing charity initiative, Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief, which works to promote more openness about death, dying and bereavement in Scotland. The campaign’s aim is to make people aware of ways to live with death, dying and bereavement and help them feel better equipped to support each other through those difficult times. Death on the Fringe 2016 will take place in Edinburgh from 5 – 29 August 2016.