AntiGravity Theatre Project is a collective of interdisciplinary artists in search of new performance languages and forms. Since 2012, we have developed a shared creative aesthetic rooted in movement, image, sound, text, and play.
Kym Moore (Artistic Director), Michael T. Williams, Francesca Montanile Lyons, Michael Costagliola (Resident Sound Designer/Composer).
Megan Thibodeaux, Alicia Crosby, Sarah Knittel, Gina Murdock, and Jenna Strusoswki
We develop, produce, design, and perform each other’s Lead Work. The performance works we create do not seek to be tonally homogenous; each piece is radically different than the next. We create across genres and inside genre-collisions
We make our works over long periods of time, guided by collective curiosity and rigorous investigation into socially-conscious subject matters including genocide in Latin America, mental illness and the construction of female “hysteria,” and gender roles and expectations governing emerging womanhood.
We work with actor-creators, musicians, writers, poets, composers, dancers, educators, and visual artists that contribute to the evolution of our collaborative creative process.
Kym Moore is a co-founder of AntiGravity Theatre Project. Recent directing credits include: By the Way, Meet Vera Stark by Lynn Nottage and The Road Weeps, The Well Runs Dry by Marcus Gardley (Brown University Theatre); Hype Hero by Dominic Taylor (Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference), The Gospel of Loving Kindness by Marcus Gardley at Brown/Trinity Playwrights Repertory; Yermedea Raw by Erik Ehn, The Factory Theatre (Boston), 95 Empire Black Box (Providence) & La Mama E.T.C. (NYC) where the production was hailed in the New York Times for its “haunting images,” as well as “energizing and frightening” performances. She directed Daniel Alexander Jones’ Jomama Jones Radiate at SoHo Rep; which was the 2010 New York Times and Backstage Critics’ Pick. In 2003 Pen and Brush Inc. awarded Kym first prize for her play, The Date. She is the 2016 winner of a Dorry Award for Director of the Year, as well as Production of the Year for her Brown University production of Marcus Gardley’s The Road Weeps, The Well Runs Dry.
Other Brown University theatre credits include: Hype Hero, Passing Strange, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, and Pippin, which was recognized by Broadway World.com as one of the most “whacky and innovative” interpretations of that musical worldwide. Her original multimedia performance work, Time’s Up!, will be presented at the SIBU International Arts Festival in Romania, June 2018. Kym is an associate member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, the Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab, and the National Theatre Conference and Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies and Co-Creative Director of Brown/RISD CoLAB at Brown University. kymmoore.com
Michael T. Williams is a co-founder of AntiGravity Theatre Project and a Brooklyn-based theatre artist: part director, deviser, teacher, performer, and manager. With AntiGravity Theatre Project, as well as solo, he has worked at/with: La MaMa ETC, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Bowerbird, FringeArts, MCC Theatre, Trinity Rep, The Winged Cranes Productions (Madrid), El Relo Productions (Madrid), Soho Rep, Blood from a Turnip, 95 Empire, Sleeping Weazel and in Arena Stage’s Downstairs Series for New Work and Voices of Now Festival. Michael is the recipient of the Weston Award for Excellence in Directing for William Finn and James Lapine’s A New Brain (2009, Brown University) and the Victims’ Rights Award for his work with the RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence on Behind Closed Doors, an awareness play. In 2011, Michael was the Bob Alexander Community Engagement Fellow in the Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship Program at Arena Stage, where he taught, directed and devised new, ensemble-based work in the DC public schools. From 2011 to 2013, Michael served as the Education Outreach Coordinator at Trinity Repertory Company. Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training’s 2-year physical and ensemble theatre program, Williamstown Directing Corps, BA in Education Studies, Brown University. MFA Devised Performance, University of the Arts/Pig Iron. michaeltimothywilliams.com
Francesca Montanile is an educator and theatre artist interested primarily in building original ensemble performances in collaboration with artists and non-theatre professionals. She was born in Puerto Rico and attended Brown University to study Theatre and Literary Arts. She co-founded Savvy Theatre Works with Andy Wiginton- a small theatre outreach program in the desert town of Bocas, Mexico which has had seven successful summers providing theatre and creative drama opportunities to the schoolchildren of Bocas since 2006. In 2011, she spent the year as the Education Intern at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI. In 2012, she served as the Education Outreach Coordinator for AntiGravity’s Yermedea, a puppet theatre piece on genocide in El Salvador. Along with Michael Williams, she worked with SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships) in partnership with Trinity Repertory Company to devise an ensemble piece using participants’ writing about their experiences with domestic violence called Behind Closed Doors. She spent a year as a MuseumCorps Educator at Providence Children’s Museum to further investigate the pedagogical power of play. MFA Devised Performance at UArts/Pig Iron Theatre Company. francescamontanilelyons.com
Michael Costagliola (Resident Composer) is a Brooklyn-based sound designer and composer. He studied music at Brown University, where he received the Weston Award for Music Composition. He is a Teaching Artist in Sound Design for the Roundabout Theatre Company and is the resident composer for the AntiGravity Theatre Project. His work has been heard in New York at La MaMa, Manhattan Theatre Club, the Brick Theater, Incubator Arts Project, The Martin E. Segal Center, Dixon Place, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and Magic Futurebox among others, as well as at various theaters in Providence, Philadelphia, Boston, Madrid, and across Europe and India. MFA Candidate in Sound Design, Yale School of Drama. michaelcostagliola.com