Writer & Composer

PGC

Musicals

Song demos and script excerpts are available upon request.


A Curious Life (in development)

A documentary musical about the life and legacy of Brenda Milner, the founder of neuropsychology. Dramaturgy by Al Tom. Arrangements & orchestrations by Beth McKenna.

2021-22 - Developed with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.


One Day (formerly titled A Song of Fiction)

A small-cast chamber-musical-within-a-musical. A sexy cautionary tale about writing what you know. Arrangements by Luce Belanger. Dramaturgy by Sarah Elkashef. Developed with the support of Playwrights' Workshop Montreal.

Postponed – Produced & presented by Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal’s Young Creators' Unit & Centaur Theatre’s 2nd Annual Queer Reading Series. Directed & choreographed by Jonathan Patterson.

2019 – Reading presented by Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal. Directed by Trevor Barrette. Musical direction by Chris Barillaro.

2016 – Produced in concert by KaleidoscopeMTL. Presented at CETM Inc.’s Next Wave Festival (Calixa Lavallee Theatre). Directed by Trevor Barrette. Choreographed by Trevor Barrette & Jonathan Patterson. Music direction by Luce Belanger.

“[…] a genuine, heartfelt love letter to the art form. […] A compelling feat in storytelling, it speaks openly of the struggles of any creative process and brings to the forefront themes of the human search for identity, meaning, and connection.” – Camila Fitzgibbons, September 15, 2016, Montreal Theatre Hub


Captain Aurora: A Superhero Musical

An epic musical that follows Dawn Sol in her search for truth and justice, the superhero way. Arrangements & orchestrations by Chris Barillaro & David Terriault

2018 – Produced by the Segal Centre’s Academy. Presented at the Segal Centre. Directed & choreographed by Jonathan Patterson. Music direction by Jenny Bond.

2016 – Produced by KaleidoscopeMTL. Presented at Centaur Theatre’s Wildside Festival. Directed by Trevor Barrette. Choreographed by Justine Lewis. Fight direction by Michelle Lewis. Music direction by David Terriault.

2015 – Produced by KaleidoscopeMTL. Presented at the Montreal Fringe Festival (La Chapelle Theatre). Directed by Trevor Barrette. Choreographed by Justine Lewis. Fight direction by Michelle Lewis. Music direction by David Terriault.

“[…] a toe-tappingly bold superhero musical that has won audiences and plaudits [..]” – Sarah Deshaies, January 7, 2016, CultMTL

“[Captain Aurora: A Superhero Musical] has plenty of catchy musical numbers and likeable comic-type characters which put together resulted in an entertaining intergalactic night at the theatre.” – Stuart Nulman, January 16, 2016, Montreal Times

“[…] a great example of an original script and score that plays with pop culture in a fresh way. At 75 minutes, it's just the right amount of fun and fancy.” - Marilla Steuter-Martin, January 17, 2016, BroadwayWorld Montreal


Captain Aurora II: A Superhero Musical Sequel

Dawn Sol leads the New SkyGuard in a battle against the evil Aaru Empress to save the Republic of Earth. Arrangements & orchestrations by Chris Barillaro & David Terriault.

2016 – Produced by KaleidoscopeMTL. Presented at the Montreal Fringe Festival (La Chapelle Theatre). Directed by Trevor Barrette. Choreographed by Nadia Verrucci. Fight direction by Michelle Lewis. Music direction by Kenny Wong & Luce Belanger.

“The composition and arrangement was wonderful. There were clear musical themes associated with different characters which carried over from Captain Aurora. [..] It made the universe we were in that much more immersive. – Erica Bridgeman, June 17, 2016, CJLO

“[…] a brilliant adaptation of an old school style comic book into a piece of musical theatre. It doesn’t lose anything in the change of mediums, but it gains everything." – Erica Bridgeman, June 17, 2016, CJLO


Captain Aurora: Origins, The Revenge of Takaar Boom (in development)

A prequel to the Captain Aurora series. Arrangements & orchestrations by Chris Barillaro.


To Be

A queer coming of age musical that features drag, magic and text adapted from the works of Shakespeare. Of course. Original arrangements & orchestrations by Gabriel Frank & Stephan Bradshaw. Revised arrangements & orchestrations by Chris Barillaro. Developed with the support of Playwrights' Workshop Montreal & Lois Brown.

2014 – Produced in concert by KaleidoscopeMTL. Presented at MainLine Theatre. Directed by Trevor Barrette. Choreographed by Vlad Alexis. Music direction by Chris Barillaro.

2012 – Produced by Persephone Productions. Presented at the Rialto Theatre. Directed by Chris Moore. Choreographed by Trevor Barrette. Music direction by Alana Cosgrove.

“Que peut-on demander de plus? Une histoire émouvante, des artistes talentueux et des airs magnifiquement composées qui vous garantisse un retour chez vous tout en chansons!” – Etienne Dutil, April 26, 2012, Fugues

“What's also cool about it is that young anglo Montrealers are creating original, locally produced work at a professional level.” – Neil Boyce, April 26, 2012, Mirror Magazine

“Pari gagné, To Be est une oeuvre avec des mélodies intéressantes et complexes, une histoire captivante et pleine d’émotion.” – Daniel Ouimet, January 22, 2014, info-culture.biz

Plays

Script excerpts are available upon request.


A Brilliant Night

Every month, an intergenerational group of brain cancer patients ditch their regular support group for a night of trivia at the local pub. An uplifting and thoughtful, bilingual short piece about finding your community and moving towards hope. French text translated by David Noel. Directed by Jonathan Patterson.

2021 - Commissioned by the 2021 A Brilliant Night committee.


Erwin's Many Worlds (in development)

Using simple webcam technology, “Erwin’s Many Worlds” is a complex, multi-narrative, metatheatrical character study that explores the Many-Worlds Interpretation of quantum physics (the MWI) and questions the notion of free will in our society. Story by Trevor Barrette. Text by Michaela Di Cesare.

2021 - In residence at Playwrights' Workshop Montreal's Digital Dramaturgy Initiative.


Memento Mori

An immersive play written as a series of monologues served with choral speaking and free coffee. Dramaturgy by Jesse Stong. Developed with the support of Playwrights' Workshop Montreal.

2017 – Produced by KaleidoscopeMTL. Presented at the Montreal Fringe Festival (Freestanding Room). Directed by Trevor Barrette. Assistant directed by Sarah Segal-Lazar.

“[…] an engaging display of honesty and vulnerability that suggests that our experiences are not quite as unique as we think they are, and perhaps by sharing them we can come together over our shared plight and hopefully feel less alone.” – Violette Kay, June 2, 2017, Montreal Theatre Hub


And Oblivion (in development)

A dystopian post-war part-epistolary aleatoric tragedy about a painter’s secret desires and the loves of his life.

2018 – Produced and presented at PlayShed Theatre’s WRK’N’PRGSS (M.A.I. (Montréal, arts interculturels)). Directed by Trevor Barrette. Designed by Sabrina Miller.