(Author, The Picture of Dorian Gray)
Christopher Dayett (Music/Lyrics/Book)
A native Delawarean, Chris discovered a love of music and theatre at a very young age - from sitting on the kneeler and playing the pew like an organ at church to creating and performing skits with this sister. While living in Wilmington, North Carolina for 15 years, Chris performed in over a dozen local community theatre shows. His favorites include originating the role of "Julius" in the world premiere of POMPEII: A NEW MUSICAL, "Mr. Smee" in PETER PAN, "Too Darn Hot Chris" in KISS, ME KATE, "Handsome Alan" in BABES IN TOYLAND, "Ryan" in Disney's HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, and “Adam” in the world premiere read-through workshop of his first musical, FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS, co-written with composer/lyricist, Barbara Gallagher. As a playwright, Chris has also written A CHRISTMAS CAROL: SLIGHTLY ABRIDGED, CHECK, PLEASE!: A TEN MINUTE MUSICAL, and THE CHRONICLES OF PERCY PICKWICK. DORIAN GRAY is his first collaboration with musician/composer, Kevin Mucchetti. As a songwriter, Chris has written over a hundred songs, psalms, Mass settings, and acclamations for churches of various denominations, many of which have been translated into Spanish. He earned his B.A. in Theatre (with a Vocal Music Minor) and B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2005. He earned his M.A. in Theatre from Villanova University in 2016. DORIAN GRAY was his thesis project in playwriting, for which he was granted "passed with distinction." Chris currently resides in Naples, Florida, and runs the Performing Arts Department at Marco Island Academy. He is a proud member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild of America. www.christopherdayett.com
Kevin Mucchetti (Music/Music Director)
Kevin is a Philadelphia based music director, pianist, and composer. We were so lucky to have him as the arranger, music director, and accompanist for the first reading of #DorianGraytheMusical last summer and we are beyond humbled that he has decided to join our team to collaborate further. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Music, he currently serves as Director of Music for Church of the Holy Child in Wilmington, Delaware and as an accompanist for the School of Pennsylvania Ballet. He also acts as music director and accompanist for PHIT Comedy's musical improv team, "Thank You, Places." Other recent projects include original music and accompaniment for Deep Blue Theatre Collective's production of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE and music direction for Upper Darby Summer Stage's production of THE FANTASTICKS.
Christen Mandracchia (Director/Set Designer)
who earned her Master's Degree in Theatre from Villanova University where she did her thesis in directing on THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT. She was so thrilled to direct the first reading of DORIAN GRAY last summer. She teaches theatre at Penn State Abington and Delaware County Community College and serves as Production Manager and Technical Director at these institutions, respectively. She also works as a PM and TD at Harriton High School's Harriton Theater Company. Last summer she directed VENUS IN FUR with Starving Artist Prevention at The Centre Theatre in Norristown and served as general manager for I WILL SPEAK FOR MYSELF at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has worked as a director and lighting designer for over six years in the Philadelphia area. She has recently been accepted into the phD program in Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland. She is excited for this opportunity to bring Dorian Gray to a new audience.
Meg Trelease (Choreographer)
Meg earned her Master's Degree in Theatre from Villanova University with a Certificate in Non-Profit Management. Most recently, Meg directed A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at the 2016 Philly Fringe Festival with new company Deep Blue Theatre Collective. Meg’s favorite roles include Lady Macbeth (MACBETH, Villanova Theatre), Bella (BIG LOVE, Villanova Theatre), Ruthie (MOONCHILDREN, Circle Playhouse), and Gypsy (CAMINO REEL, The Pit). An artist and activist, Meg is also working as a producer on Revamp Theatre Collective’s upcoming production of JIMMY GORSKI IS DEAD. She is so excited to be working on this world premiere with such an amazing team!
Kyle Fennie (Fight Choreographer)
Kyle earned his MA in Theatre from Villanova University, and his BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, with a focus in Stage Combat. Fight Choreography credits include: WEST SIDE STORY, MACBETH, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, CRAZY FOR YOU, and OKLAHOMA among others. Previous roles include: THE LYONS (Curtis); A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (Stanley); TRANSLATIONS (Doalty); A WONDERFUL NOISE (Chester, Pettigrew, and The Conductor); MACBETH (Macbeth); THE THREEPENNY OPERA (Smith); MICHAEL AND EDDIE (Ben); BIG LOVE (Constantine); FALLEN ANGELS (Willie); DOUBT (Father Flynn); THE MOUSETRAP (Sergeant Trotter u/s). He is excited to be a part of this project.
Courtney Boches (Costume Design)
Courtney is thrilled to continue with this production at NYMF after originating the role of Mrs. Vane last summer in the first reading. She has a Masters in Theatre from Villanova University and a B.S. in TV production and scriptwriting from Ithaca College. She works as a freelance costume designer, director, and teacher in suburban Philadelphia at both professional and educational theatres. On stage roles include Annie Oakley (ANNIE GET YOUR GUN), Ethel Toffelmier (THE MUSIC MAN), Mazeppa (GYPSY), Mary Bailey (IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE), Helena (A MIDSUMMER'S NIGHT DREAM), and others. Thanks to Chris Dayett, Christen Mandracchia, and the team for the privilege of continuing with this project! www.courtneyboches.com
Matt Basden (Stage Manager)
Matt received his Master of Arts in Theatre from Villanova University. He earned a BA in Psychology from Chestnut Hill College. Matt's Stage Management credits: (Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival) SHE MOVED THROUGH THE FAIR, RECALCULATING, TOGETHER OFF BROADWAY, (Beacon Theatre Productions) I WILL SPEAK FOR MYSELF, (Villanova University) 12th NIGHT, EURYDICE, THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA (assistant stage manager), SALOME (assistant stage manager). Acting Credits: EVERYMAN (5 Wit, touch), THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT (Judas), RANSOM AND GIFTS (Bill, various shop keepers). Front of House Credits: Box Officer, Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival Opening Night Cabaret. House Manager: Other Tongues, The Hour of All Things. Directing Credits: scenes from Almost Maine, and Reasons to Be Pretty.
Oscar Wilde (Author, The Picture of Dorian Gray)