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Jenisa de Castro is a California born singer, actor, and dancer. As a recent graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, she has made it her goal to continue to pursue her artistic training by becoming involved in many projects, ranging from plays and musicals to dance performances and recorded music. Her most recent performances include: Tanner in The Biggest Valley (The Lark Theater), and Charlotte in The Cave: A Folk Opera (Access Theater). She is enthralled to be a part of Daughters of Elysium and share her love for her art, as well as hopefully inspire and move others with the beautiful community of individuals that make up D.O.E.
Melanie Rose Thomas is a Brooklyn-based theater artist, musician, writer, and producer. She is the Founder and Director of "Daughters of Elysium." Her original creative work includes folk operas, poetry, song cycles, and scores for both theatre and film. Her most notable theatrical piece, The Cave: A Folk Opera, won multiple awards at the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival and has also been performed in London and New York. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College where she concentrated in music, theatre, fairy tales, and mythology. She believes that ancient stories, and the archetypes they contain, are magic and medicine. She uses her art to cultivate light and honor the ritual of creation. MelanieRoseThomas.com
Tsebiyah Mishael is a singer, actor and writer from Rockland County, New York. She received her training in acting at Sarah Lawrence College & The British American Drama Academy. Recently, she traveled to Tanzania with Dramatic Adventure Theatre for work in theatre outreach and devising original plays. Some favorite roles include Emilia in Othello, Kate in David Lindsay-Abaire's "Good People," and the title role in "Aida." As a member of Magis Theatre Company Tsebiyah is currently in rehearsals for their production of "Calderon's Two Dreams," debuting at La MaMa in February 2017. She is also in the process of writing music for her first EP. For more info, check out tsebiyah.com!
Sarah Plotkin is a freelance director, puppeteer, and Artistic Director of Electric Eye Ensemble. She works collaboratively with artists, non-artists, and young people to build original pieces of theater that examine the human experience, illuminating untold stories and re-awakening our connection through the creation of shared experiences and theatrical events. With Electric Eye Ensemble she directed and co-wrote Home in Motion: A Road Trip Play (WOW Cafe Theatre), and Welcome to the Doll Den (The Tank, 2017). She also co-facilitates Artist Gym, a monthly creation and creativity workshop for people of all ages and backgrounds. Sarah is a recipient of the Dorothy Stickney Scholarship for Women in Theatre, a member of the 2016-2017 SDCF Observership Class, and a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. Freelance credits include: Juniper Tree (Dixon Place), The Digger (La MaMa ETC) Discrepancies (St. Ann’s Warehouse), Antigone (Castillo Theatre) and Dubliners (Sarah Lawrence College).
Lacy Rose is a classically trained vocalist, composer, and poet living in New York City. In addition to singing time worn music, she also performs her own compositions: modern day art songs regaling listeners with tales of magic, myth, tragic and eternal love. She recently composed a song cycle entitled Songs of Remembering and Forgetting which follows the transformational journey of Molpe, the siren of music and Ariadne, protectress of the labyrinth. She is currently working on a three movement EP entitled Mizzi which explores the inner life and personhood of Gustav Klimt's muse, Maria Zimmerman.
Ashley Coia is an actor, singer, and dancer currently in her final semester at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her most recent performance was playing Willow in Melanie Rose Thomas’ The Cave: A Folk Opera at the Access Theater. Ashley is excited to embark on this collaborative journey with the Daughters of Elysium and inspire others through art.
Gabriella Steinberg is a dramaturg and creative producer based in Brooklyn, originally from Goleta, California. She earned her Bachelors in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College where she was the literary manager of the college's theater department funded PlayGround Theatre Co. Gabriella has provided dramaturgy for new and classic plays on the east and west coasts and abroad in Ireland. She's interned at The Public Theater in 2015--from Hamilton through Shakespeare in the Park--and most recently as the literary intern at Second Stage Theatre. She is a proud member of LMDA, and received their 2016 Early Career Dramaturg grant to attend their annual conference. When she's not providing dramaturgical assistance to the artistic community, you can find her at the 92Y as a teacher and assistant with Jewish education, reading plays for various theatre companies around the city, and as a theatre critic with Theasy.com. Her best dramaturgical collaborations happen with other female-identifying art makers on stories that celebrate festival, ritual, and inclusivity.
Magdalen Zinky is a writer and theatre artist currently based in New York City. Taking a cue from a childhood immersed in Waldorf education, her work draws inspiration from the interconnected nature of the world— how a tug on one thread has lasting reverberations in faraway places. At the moment she is obsessed with themes of womanhood, interpersonal relationships, nature, and violence. She holds an MFA in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College and a BA in Acting with a minor in Creative Writing from the College of Santa Fe. Her fiction has been published in Red Sky and Knack Magazine, and her plays have been produced at the College of Santa Fe, Sarah Lawrence College, and with the Electric Eye Ensemble and the Junkyard Theatre, of which she is a founding member. She is hard at work on her first epic fantasy novel.
Lily Desmond is a story-teller who uses music as her main medium. Raised in the Los Angeles area, she is a singer-songwriter and composer living the creative life in New York City. Before graduating from Sarah Lawrence College in May 2016, she performed in Melanie Rose Thomas’s two productions of The Cave: A Folk Opera (Sarah Lawrence College, Access Theater), with Nadine S. Pearson in the band Churchgoer, and with 5 different ensembles she assembled for her senior these, A Night of Lives, as well as many other school ensembles. Since graduating she has performed twice as and released an EP with Churchgoer called Colleagues (Spectrum), performed with Rose-Thomas once more in The Juniper Tree (Dixon Place), created a podcast called 28-31, begin training as a voice actor with Edge Studios and stage actor through reading and watching others, and has busked a few times in the subway. She composes pieces ranging from pop songs to folk fiddle to orchestral genres. Her primary instruments are voice and violin, although she is beginning guitar and more than willing to try everything else.
Ellen Winter is a Brooklyn-based performer, composer and writer hailing from the woods of Northern Virginia. She opened the International Women's Day OxFam Jam at the Knitting Factory in March 2016. Her band, Chamber Band, is on the verge of releasing their third album, set in the world of H.G. Wells. She is a founding company member of Electric Eye Ensemble. Currently, she and a team are developing a queer, sex-positive, musicalized reimagining of Lysistrata. Her work aims to foster human connection and explore the mythology of our mental and physical anatomies. ellenwintermakesthings.com
Breezy Diabo is a New York based theater artist, actor, singer, burlesque dancer, and educator. She received her BFA in Theater & Fashion Design at Savannah College of Art & Design. This free spirit started in the entertainment business at the young age of 10, singing and acting at the TriCities Opera House where she did shows including Hansel and Gretel, Pagliacci, Madame Butterfly, and The Marriage of Figaro. She developed a passion for the arts early on, but fell in love with the sounds of the roaring 20’s and rock n’ roll of the 70’s. She switched from opera to singing in jazz clubs, such as the House of Mataris’ and worked as a burlesque dancer for two years at The Carnival Bar Theater. Her original work provokes gender fluidity and that we are all one race, the human race. She defies the social norms to be able see the world for its magic and the beauty in one another.
Katrina Mattson is a New York based theatre artist and actor, originally from Seattle, Washington. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and The British American Drama Academy. She has recently appeared in a festival of one act plays, directed by Tamilla Woodard, and is eagerly awaiting the beginning of rehearsals for D.O.E.'s first NYC production. She would like to thank all the fellow Daughters for their hard work and dedication.
Alexis Ingram Is a Brooklyn based theatre artist from itty bitty Providence, Rhode Island. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence in 2013, she worked as an actress in New England and New York. Alexis is also a huge civil rights activist. In Summer 2016, she organized an art auction for Black Lives Matter. Recent theaters include: Elemental Theatre Collective, Out Loud Theatre, Trinity Repertory Company, Rebel Theatre Company and The Wilbury Group. Alexis is also an improvisor and has taught acting classes and improv at various schools in Rhode Island. Alexis will be doing ancient greek to modern english translation for D.O.E.'s production of Andromache. Alexis' work focuses on giving a voice to women of color and immigrants. Alexis is a proud 1st generation American citizen! She could not be MORE excited to be a part of this collective. To keep up on her adventures visit: www.alexisingram.com
Susan O’Brien is a filmmaker, writer and photographer based in NY. She received her BFA in Film & Television at the Savannah College of Art & Design and has worked as a personal assistant to Academy Award nominee, John Sayles and Stranger Things actor, Matthew Modine as well as worked as an Editor for the New York Women in Film & Television. Her essays and poetry has been published in local papers to BUST magazine. Susan's work focuses on strong female protagonists with messages of perseverance, self-acceptance and meaningful existential discovery. She is also a Burlesque dancer!
Rae Clarke Hendel is a visual artist, educator, Jill of all trades, from The Bay Area, California. She is currently based in Brooklyn. She is a graduate of Pratt Institute’s Fine Art department, concentrating in painting and art history. Her studio work explores the resilience of American women through the themes and practices of “women’s work”. She was a featured artist at Bushwick Open Studios 2015 and 2016. As a photographer, graphic designer, and illustrator, she has curated marketing and design packages for performers, productions, films and businesses in the NYC area and beyond. www.raeclarkehendel.com