creative + cast
music // book // lyrics
Jessica Avellino is a composer, musician and writer from New York. She’s loved music since before she could talk. She’s been composing a wide variety of genres ever since and composed and produced an original musical, DARK HEART, in high school, which she is continuing to workshop today. In 2016, she initially composed the music and co-wrote the script and lyrics with her sister, Lindsay Avellino. As Artistic Director of a youth theater company, Infinity Repertory Theatre, the first draft workshop of DARK HEART was performed by Infinity in the East to Edinburgh Festival in NYC at 59E59 Theaters and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Since then, DARK HEART has gone through countless revisions. She has been able to continue composition and her work on DARK HEART throughout her undergraduate studies. Jessica is a recent graduate from Elon University with a B.S. in Music Production and Recording Arts and a minor in Business Administration. For her senior capstone project, she worked to revise DARK HEART and arrange all of the music for a 7-piece band with the guidance and mentorship of Dr. Todd Coleman. She has worked alongside her sister, Lindsay, writing and revising the book and the lyrics. She wants to thank Lindsay, her parents, and Alex for their countless love and support throughout this process. She also would like to thank Dr. Coleman, the cast, musicians, and crew for their hard work in making this show possible.
book // lyrics
Lindsay Avellino is a writer, musician, actor, and designer hailing from New York. She’s loved performing and theatre from a very young age, and has been a part of countless productions throughout her life. She was Artistic Director of the Infinity Repertory Theatre Company (a youth theatre company) for 2 years where she performed in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland and 59E59 Theaters Off-Broadway in NYC. After high school, she went on to pursue a design degree in Advertising and Branding from Savannah College of Art and Design. She’s currently Account Manager at GLOW Social & Digital Agency in NYC. In addition to co-writing the book and lyrics for DARK HEART, she’s also designed the key art, logos, website, and all marketing materials. She’s also heading up PR and social for this production. She’s loved DARK HEART from the minute her sister Jess played her the first song at age 16, and she’s so honored and proud to be able to help make this incredible show and message come to life. Special thanks to her parents, Sean, countless friends + family, and of course, Jess for the immense support.