Puppetry Workshop, Summer ‘ 22
Hans Christian Anderson’s The Shadow uses music, vocals, dance, projections, puppetry and shadow play to tell Anderson’s story and then sets it on its head to present a new uplifting fairy tale of discovery, adventure and the positive nature of man.
Act 1 is the original HCA fairy tale, dark and mysterious, telling the tale of a Shadow that takes over a Man’s life. Act 2, our original addition, continues where the HCA story left off, sending The Shadow on an epic journey to discover his new shadow, man’s inherent goodness and, ultimately, redemption.
The production’s use of multiple theatrical elements is a reflection of Mixed eMotion Theatrix’s dedication to telling stories through hybrid theater work, imaginatively integrating movement, music, media and old school theatricality, such as puppetry, to create gorgeous, fun and enlightening live theater experiences.
Music and Lyrics
Divya is a Lucille Lortel Award-winning musician whose work spans the spectrum of theatrical, contemporary, and choral music. Her songs have been performed by recognized vocalists including Shoshana Bean, Carrie Manolakos, and Kirstin Maldonado (Pentatonix). The lead single ‘Salty Water’ from her debut album BIGGER earned her a finalist placement in the Great American Song Contest and led to her opening for the Beach Boys in Los Angeles in 2014. A member of the contemporary chamber choir L.A. Choral Lab, Divya has also performed with Scott Hoying, Rozzi Crane, and Axel Mansoor, and was an original cast member of Heather Christian’s Oratorio for Living Things off-Broadway. Her compositions have premiered at the UNC Greeley Jazz Festival and at the Appel Room in NYC’s Lincoln Center. Divya’s dramatic works include the new musical THE MOLLYHOUSE (book & lyrics by Richard Hanson), the children’s musical KALLADA (book & lyrics by Alex Koceja), and the new opera HYSTERIA (libretto by Divya, music by Molly Pease) incubated by Overtone Industries in Los Angeles. Divya holds a BA in Music from the USC Thornton School of Music, and an MFA from the NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. divyamaus.com @divyamaus
Co-Book Writer, Producer
Ryan is a Los Angeles based theatrical director and producer. He has spent well over a decade devoted to promoting and growing the arts community in and around the Los Angeles area and beyond. He specializes in new works and developing theatre arts that foster communication and acceptance of all communities. Ryan earned his BA in Theatre and German at Truman State University and has continued his studies throughout the world. In 2015 Ryan and his partner in crime, Janet Roston proudly established Mixed eMotion Theatrix with the dream of bringing the magic and joys of theatre, dance and multimedia to all communities throughout the world to further acceptance and growth within us all. His most recent directorial work includes, “Mutt House, The Musical” (Kirk Douglas Theatre), “Die Mommie Die” (Kirk Douglas Theatre), “Die Mommie Die” (Celebration Theatre), “Niagara Fall” (Theatre of NOTE), “Bronies the Musical” (LA Fringe, Best Musical Winner), “revolver” (Celebration Theatre), “The Real Housekeepers of Studio City” (LA Fringe, Best of Fringe Winner). Ryan’s most recent producing work includes, “Anaïs, A Dance Opera” (Greenway Court Theater), “Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera” (King King), “The Next Fairy Tale” (Celebration Theatre), and “BASH’d: A Gay Rap Opera” (Celebration Theatre). ryanbergmann.com
Projection Designer, Dramaturg
Joe is a stage/film director, video editor, photographer, graphic designer, dramaturg, and projection designer. His projection design, story editing, and research skills were pivotal in the shaping of MeMT’s Anaïs, A Dance Opera. He is the director of the web-series Dog Days and Pet Peeves. His short films Adobo, Loaded, and Thanksgiving have screened at festivals including the Boulder International Film Festival, D.C. Asian Pacific American Film Festival, Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and the Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. He is the editor of the hit Nigerian feature films When Love Happens, Lunch Time Heroes and When Love Happens Again. Projection design credits include Gatsby Redux (Walt Disney Concert Hall), Striking 12 (Laguna Playhouse), four consecutive years of The 24hr Plays, Tonya & Nancy (Club Oberon, Boston), Serpentine Pink (Son of Semele), and CarnEvil (Sacred Fools). Joe holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Florida. joelarue.com