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Artistic team

Sylvia Milo  (Project Creator, Writer, Actress)

An award-winning theatre artist, playwright and actress, 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 (NYIT) nominations, including Outstanding Full Length Script. The Other Mozart won two NYIT Awards, including Outstanding Solo Performance by Milo.
The play has had over 300 performances to date, including a run in London at St. James Theatre, a run 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 (the “Figarohaus”, Wolfgang’s home on Domgasse) 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 beginning the following year at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, and was performed as part of its first edition.
In the US, Milo performed the play at venues including: Shea’s Performing Arts Center (Buffalo), Kravis Center (Palm Beach), Tobin Center (San Antonio, TX), The Academy of Music (Northampton, MA), The Strand Theatre (Shreveport, LA), The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston, TX), Rubicon Theatre (Ventura, CA), MATCH (Houston, TX), at the Fermilab (Batavia, IL), Eisemann Center (Richardson, TX), Cherry Lane Theatre (NYC), Players Theatre (NYC), Norton Center For The Arts (Danville, KY), at the Oklahoma Contemporary (Oklahoma City), at Chamber Music Northwest (Portland, OR), and at Balboa Theatre (San Diego).
The play has also been presented at universities, where Sylvia gave lectures to students about creating their own plays. These included: University of the South (Sewanee, TN), Washington & Lee University (Lexington, VA), University of Florida (Gainesville, FL), NC State University (Raleigh, NC), University of Utah (Salt Lake City), Michigan State University (East Lansing), Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville), University of Arkansas (Fayetteville), University at Albany (Albany, NY) and at the University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada).
In 2016, Milo was commissioned by The Guardian to write an article about The Other Mozart and its cultural impact. It continues to be presented internationally, performed by Milo and four other actresses (whom she trained), in four languages (English, French, German and Portuguese), and it returns each year for a run at the Players Theatre in NYC.
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 in The Ophelia Landscape at the Mark Morris Center. She has performed at La Mama, Ontological-Hysteric, Theatre For the New City, Dixon Place, Cherry Lane, The Ohio Theatre and at MoMA.
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, PS122, 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 ICE, 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 “The Bright and Hollow Sky”. As a percussionist, Nathan is a member of ICE, and has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Seattle Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, and the Nagoya Philharmonic. He holds degrees from Yale and Rice.


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.


Joanna Kotze (Choreographer)

Joanna Kotze is a Brooklyn-based dancer, choreographer and teacher. She was awarded the 2013 “Bessie” Award for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer and has received support from the 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 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 created new works on Toronto Dance Theatre, Ririe-Woodbury (Salt Lake City), Zenon Dance (Minneapolis), the James Sewell Ballet (Minneapolis) and Gibney Dance Company (NYC). She has had residencies at The Bogliasco Foundation (Italy), The Camargo Foundation (France), Milvus Artistic Research Center (Sweden), Jacob’s Pillow, Sedona Arts Center, Djerassi, Marble House, The Yard, Bennington College, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Movement Research, 92nd Street Y, LMCC, Gibney Dance Center, and Mt. Tremper Arts. Joanna danced with Wally Cardona from 2000-2010 and again in 2018. She currently dances for Kimberly Bartosik and Kota Yamazaki, and has worked with Stacy Spence, Netta Yerushalmy, Sam Kim, Sarah Skaggs, Christopher Williams, the Metropolitan Opera ballet, Daniel Charon, Nina Winthrop and others. Joanna is on faculty at Movement Research and has taught at Barnard College, NYU’s Tisch, The New School, Long Island University, Southern Utah University, Ohio University, Miami University, Salt Dance Fest and the American Dance Festival. She is originally from South Africa and has a BA in Architecture from Miami University.

Jess Applebaum (Dramaturg)

Jess specializes in devised, ensemble-based performance practices for theater, dance and performance art. Every project she participates in is distinct, bringing artists from diverse backgrounds together to form unique configurations of performance languages and styles, pushing perceived boundaries of  and how performance is made and what it can do. From NYC, to Prague, to Tangier she has traveled the world engaging fellow practitioners in the possibilities of how dramaturgs can best function during the development process of new work. You can find her writing on the function of the dramaturg in creative processes on her website. Jess is the Literary Manager for One Year Lease Theater Company. She holds both an MA in Performance Studies from NYU and an MFA in Dramaturgy from Columbia University. She has trained with Pig Iron Theater Company and participated in workshops with Elevator Repair Service and Zoukak Theatre.