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THEATRE

How to dance in ohio
Based on Alexandra Shiva’s documentary film
Book & Lyrics by Rebekah Greer Melocik 
Music by Jacob Yandura
Directed by Sammi Cannold  
Choreographed by Mayte Natalio
Scenic Design by Robert Brill
Costume Design by Sarafina Bush
Lighting Design by Bradley King
Sound Design by Connor Wang
Music Direction by Lily Ling
Music Supervision, Orchestration by Matt Gallagher
Co-Arrangements by Matt Gallagher & Jacob Yandura  
Casting by Stewart/Whitley
CO/LAB Director of Community Engagement by Rebecca Leifman
ASD Creative Consulting by Ava Xiao-Lin Rigelhaupt
 
Production Stage Management by Scott Rowen
Assistant Stage Management by Laura Jane Collins
 
Presented by Syracuse Stage & P3 Productions


Sept 23 - Oct 1, 2022 //
Syracuse Stage,
Syracuse, NY
 
via Syracuse Stage:

"How to Dance in Ohio is a heart-filled new musical based on the Peabody Award-winning documentary of the same name that explores what it means to belong, the courage it takes to put yourself out in the world, and the universal need to connect. Set at a counseling center in Columbus, How to Dance in Ohio follows seven autistic young adults as they come of age and find their ways in the world."
How to Dance in Ohio
How to Dance in Ohio
How to Dance in Ohio
How to Dance in Ohio
the civility of albert cashier
Music and Lyrics by Joe Stevens & Keaton Wooden
Book by Paul Deratany

Directed by Mika Kauffman

May 5 - June 5, 2022 //
The Player's Theatre
New York, NY
 
via TDF:

The astonishing true-story of a Civil War soldier whose life defied definition. Transformed into a new musical, more timely than ever.

Featuring one of NYC's first-ever all trans and GNC casts, The Civility of Albert Cashier is a folk/Americana musical with book by GLAAD nominated writer Jay Paul Deratany, music by Joe Stevens and Keaton Wooden (lyrics by Stevens, Wooden, and Deratany). Detailing the life of Civil War soldier Albert DJ Cashier, who fought for the Union in over 40 engagements. At the end of his life when he retires to the Soldiers and Sailors home in Saunemin, Illionois, a life-long secret is discovered. 
The Civility of Albert Cashier
The Civility of Albert Cashier
The Civility of Albert Cashier
The Civility of Albert Cashier
The Civility of Albert Cashier
The Civility of Albert Cashier
The Civility of Albert Cashier
The Civility of Albert Cashier
The Civility of Albert Cashier
PROSPECT HILL
Music, Lyrics and Book by Lily Ali-Oshatz and Mark A. Galinovsky

Directed by Jessi D. Hill

July 15 - 24, 2021 //
Piper Theatre,
Old Stone House,
Brooklyn, NY
 
via Time Out Magazine (Adam Feldman):

"Piper Theatre Productions, which has been mounting outdoor musicals for more than 20 years, presents a free workshop of the first show commissioned for its new Musicals Now Festival, devoted to work by Brooklyn artists. Mark Galinovsky and Lily Ali-Oshatz's Prospect Hill explores the history of Park Slope's 1990s lesbian community through the eyes of a young queer woman trying to get a foothold in the world that is being eroded by gentrification and changing senses of identity."
Prospect Hill
Prospect Hill
Prospect Hill
Prospect Hill
Prospect Hill
Prospect Hill
Prospect Hill
Prospect Hill
Prospect Hill
Prospect Hill
Prospect Hill
Prospect Hill
Prospect Hill
Prospect Hill
Prospect Hill
Legally Blonde
the musical
Music and Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin 
Book by Heather Hach
Directed by Alexandra Spencer-Jones
August 1-24, 2019
Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Edinburgh, Scotland
Dumped by her boyfriend for not being 'serious' enough, Legally Blonde the Musical follows Delta Nu sorority sister Elle Woods to Harvard Law School where she shows her ex (and everybody else) that there's more to her than just a hair color. Spurred on by her self-belief, determination and an amazing manicure, Elle wins over her doubters and proves that a glass ceiling isn't a match for a woman on a mission!
GUNS OR GLITTER?:
A GENDER REVEAL PARTY
June 6 + 13, 2019 //
Tron Theatre, Glasgow, UK

Howdy ladies and gentleman, boys and girls. and friends from beyond the binary! My name is Imani and welcome to my gender reveal party! That's right - my gender reveal party. That's my own personal gender in that box. This original cabaret (with a new self-penned song) is an exploration of how I made some self-discoveries with the help of music, Mitski, and legendary figures. 

Guns or Glitter?
Guns or Glitter?
Guns or Glitter?
Guns or Glitter?
Guns or Glitter?
Guns or Glitter?
Guns or Glitter?
Guns or Glitter?
Guns or Glitter?
Desarrollo
By Juliany Taveras
Directed by Manny Rivera
 
July 27 - August 5, 2018 // 
Corkscrew Theater Festival
Paradise Factory Theater, New York, NY 

Nelly, Alaida, and Sol spent hot summer days daring, dancing, and documenting their way across boroughs, rivers, and storefronts. Ten years later, time has seemed to warp everything, from their once-indestructible friendship to the landscape of the streets they used to call home. Desarrollo is an unraveling—a discovery—of what happens to the people and the places we love when put under pressure; like film developing in the dark, their stories are ones of transformation, of capturing the moments that change us.

Desarrollo
Desarrollo
Desarrollo
Desarrollo
Desarrollo
Desarrollo
Desarrollo
Desarrollo
Desarrollo

Gallery

Queering the Canon: Kander & Ebb

Imani smiling backstage Queering the Canon: Kander & Ebb Photo by: KBarber Photography

Queering the Canon: Kander & Ebb

Imani performing in a purple jumpsuit Queering the Canon: Kander & Ebb Photo by: KBarber Photography

Queering the Canon: Kander & Ebb

Imani performing in a purple jumpsuit. There is a projector behind them with a black&white photo of their face. Queering the Canon: Kander & Ebb Photo by: KBarber Photography

Queering the Canon: Kander & Ebb

Imani performing in a purple jumpsuit Queering the Canon: Kander & Ebb Photo by: KBarber Photography

You Are Loved: A Concert Benefiting Trans Youth In Texas

You Are Loved: A Concert Benefiting Trans Youth In Texas Photo by: Brett Tubs Photography

You Are Loved: A Concert Benefiting Trans Youth In Texas

You Are Loved: A Concert Benefiting Trans Youth In Texas Photo by: Brett Tubs Photography

You Are Loved: A Concert Benefiting Trans Youth In Texas

You Are Loved: A Concert Benefiting Trans Youth In Texas Photo by: Brett Tubs Photography

Queering the Canon: Sondheim

Brittaney Delesarté Chatman, Camille Corinne, and Imani Russell performing in Queering the Canon: Sondheim

Queering the Canon: Sondheim

Brittaney Delesarté Chatman, Camille Corinne, and Imani Russell performing in Queering the Canon: Sondheim

Above the Noise

Above the Noise an oratorio by Daphne Gampel directed by Ryan Dobrin left to right: Imani Russell, Rose Stoller, Molly Bogin photo by Nicole Boyd

Above the Noise

Above the Noise an oratorio by Daphne Gampel directed by Ryan Dobrin photo by Nicole Boyd

Above the Noise

Above the Noise an oratorio by Daphne Gampel directed by Ryan Dobrin photo by Nicole Boyd

Above the Noise (rehearsal)

Above the Noise (rehearsal) an oratorio by Daphne Gampel directed by Ryan Dobrin left to right: Rose Stoller, Alex O'Shea, Imani Russell photo by Nicole Boyd

Above the Noise (rehearsal)

Above the Noise (rehearsal) an oratorio by Daphne Gampel directed by Ryan Dobrin photo by Nicole Boyd

Above the Noise (rehearsal)

Above the Noise (rehearsal) an oratorio by Daphne Gampel directed by Ryan Dobrin photo by Nicole Boyd

The Twelve

Music by Jon Bauerfeld Lyrics and Book by Casey Kendall Directed by Ryan Cunningham  left to right: Imani Russell as Fiona, Max Weinberg as Mason, Clare McLaughlin as Mariah, Oliva Worley as Maya, Amy Prochaska as Izze, Vanessa Campbell as Corrin, Lorenzo Pipino as Steve, and Rebecca Martin as Taylor photo by RCS/Robert McFadzean

The Twelve

Music by Jon Bauerfeld Lyrics and Book by Casey Kendall Directed by Ryan Cunningham  left to right: Clare McLaughlin as Mariah, Erica McFadden as Helen, Imani Russell as Fiona, Carson Stewart as Gabe, Vanessa Campbell as Corrin, Sarah Olive-McStay as Tess, Joey Mulligan as Roman, Rebecca Martin as Taylor, Ryan Foreman as Officer Cousins, Amy Prochaska as Izze, Max Weinberg as Mason, Olivia Worley as Maya, and Lorenzo Pipino as Steve photo by RCS/Robert McFadzean

The Twelve

Music by Jon Bauerfeld Lyrics and Book by Casey Kendall Directed by Ryan Cunningham  left to right: Clare McLaughlin as Mariah, Imani Russell as Fiona, Max Weinberg as Mason, Oliva Worley as Maya, Amy Prochaska as Izze, Vanessa Campbell as Corrin, Rebecca Martin as Taylor, and Lorenzo Pipino as Steve photo by RCS/Robert McFadzean

Big Love a play by Charles Mee Imani Russell as Nikos photo by Ricky Tyler

Big Love a play by Charles Mee left to right: Annabel Renshaw as Lydia, Imani Russell as Nikos photo by Ricky Tyler

Big Love a play by Charles Mee left to right: Imani Russell as Nikos, Emma Angen Rose as Oed, Fiona Agger as Constantine photo by Ricky Tyler

The Spitfire Grill music and book by James Valcq lyrics and book by Fred Alley Imani Russell as Percy Talbott photo by Ella Baum

The Spitfire Grill music and book by James Valcq lyrics and book by Fred Alley left to right: Madeleine Briggs as Hannah Ferguson and Imani Russell as Percy Talbott photo by Ella Baum

The Spitfire Grill music and book by James Valcq lyrics and book by Fred Alley Imani Russell as Percy Talbott photo by Ella Baum

The Spitfire Grill music and book by James Valcq lyrics and book by Fred Alley left to right: Rachel Altemose as Shelby Thorpe and Imani Russell as Percy Talbott photo by Ella Baum

The Spitfire Grill music and book by James Valcq lyrics and book by Fred Alley Imani Russell as Percy Talbott photo by Ella Baum

Christmas at the Conservatoire a holiday show for the RCS and greater Glasgow communities! left to right: Vanessa Campbell, Nea Maria Alanko, Eloise Runnette, Imani Russell, Rachel Hunt photo by RCS

Christmas at the Conservatoire a holiday show for the RCS and greater Glasgow communities! RCS MA Musical Theatre students, Feature Soloist: Imani Russell BSL performance: Jamie Rea photo by RCS

Blood Play a play by Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen left to right: Joe Metcalf as Sam Fogelberg, Imani Russell as Gail Fogelberg photo by Ricky Tyler

Blood Play a play by Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen left to right: Joe Metcalf as Sam Fogelberg, Imani Russell as Gail Fogelberg photo by Ricky Tyler

Blood Play a play by Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen left to right: Isabel Furman as Bev Feinberg, Lukas Sarnow as Morty Feinberg, Joe Metcalf as Sam Fogelberg, Mariah Ghant as Jeep Matson, Imani Russell as Gail Fogelberg photo by Ricky Tyler

Or What You Will... Twelfth Night in Sound & Color: a devised piece by Woodshed Theater Ensemble left to right: Nora Louise Kaye as Olivia, Imani Russell as Maria photo by Angela Brown, Imani Russell

Or What You Will... Twelfth Night in Sound & Color: a devised piece by Woodshed Theater Ensemble left to right: Joe Metcalf as Toby, Imani Russell as Maria photo by Angela Brown, Imani Russell

Or What You Will... Twelfth Night in Sound & Color: a devised piece by Woodshed Theater Ensemble left to right: Imani Russell as Maria, Asia Howard as Malvolio, juliany taveras as Andrew, Joe Metcalf as Toby photo by Angela Brown, Imani Russell

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