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The Other Mozart

Hope College Great Performance Series and Little Matchstick Factory present:
The Other Mozart

  • Created and Written by Sylvia Milo
  • Performed by Daniela Galli 
  • Directed by Isaac Byrne
  • Music Composed by Nathan Davis and Phyllis Chen
  • Additional Music by Marianna Martines, L. Mozart, and W. A. Mozart
  • Sound Design: Nathan Davis
  • Period Style Movement Directed by: Janice Orlandi
  • Costume: Magdalena Dąbrowska and Miodrag Guberinic
  • Dress concept and additional contribution: Anna Sroka
  • Lighting Design: Joshua Rose
  • Hair Designed: Courtney Bednarowski
  • Stage Manager, hair and makeup: Kodi Milburn

The Other Mozart

About The Other Mozart

The Other Mozart is the true, forgotten story of Maria Anna (Nannerl) Mozart, the sister of Amadeus — a prodigy, virtuoso and composer, who performed throughout Europe with her brother, to equal acclaim, but whose work and story faded away, lost to history. The play is based on facts, stories and lines pulled directly from the Mozart family's humorous and heartbreaking letters.

The Other Mozart had a critically acclaimed Off-Broadway run at HERE Arts in NYC and in London at St. James Theatre. The play has been presented in Austria by the Mozarteum Foundation at the Mozart Wohnhaus in Salzburg (inside the Mozarts’ apartment), in Vienna at the Mozarthaus Vienna (inside Amadeus’ Domgasse apartment), at the Pasinger Fabrik in Munich, in Hong Kong, Estonia, and Toronto, and continues touring theatres and universities across the US.


Sylvia Milo  (Project’s Creator, Writer, Original Actress)

An award-winning theatre artist, actress, writer and director, based in New York City, originally from Poland. Milo wrote, starred in, and self-produced her solo play, The Other Mozart, about the forgotten, genius sister of Amadeus Mozart. The play had a critically acclaimed Off-Broadway run at HERE Arts Center, earning Drama Desk and Off Broadway Alliance nominations, and 8 New York Innovative Theatre nominations, including Outstanding Full Length Script. The Other Mozart won two NYIT Awards, including Outstanding Solo Performance by Milo. The play is back on the road with over 300 performances to date, including 30 US states, a run in London at St. James Theatre, in Munich at the Pasinger Fabrik, and in Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Cultural Center. It was presented in Vienna at the Mozarthaus Vienna and in Salzburg at the invitation of the Mozarteum Foundation (inside the Mozarts’ Wohnhaus apartment). The play inspired the creation of an annual symposium on Maria Anna Mozart at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, and was performed as part of its first edition. In 2016, Milo was commissioned by The Guardian to write an article about The Other Mozart and its cultural impact.

Sylvia also created the character of Bob Dylan in the OBIE Award-winning The West Village Fragments by Peculiar Works, and as a member of the Bats at the Flea Theater she co-wrote and starred in Seating Arrangements, directed by Eric Pold of Gob Squad. She adapted and directed an all-female version of Hamlet and starred as Ophelia at the Mark Morris Center. In NYC she has performed at La Mama, Ontological-Hysteric, Theatre For the New City, Dixon Place, Cherry Lane, The Ohio Theatre and at MoMA. She is a graduate of New York University, with training at the Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg Theatre Institutes, and at The Grotowski Institute in Poland. She was a 2018 Fellow at the Bogliasco Foundation in Italy and was awarded that year’s Fellowship at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York to develop her new play, “I am the utterance of my name: Divining Mary Magdalene,” which premiered in 2022. 

Daniela Galli (Actress)
Daniela Galli is an accomplished actress with a diverse background in the arts. She began her journey as a dancer and musician in her native Brazil, where she was a member of modern and tap dance companies and played the oboe with the Symphonic Orchestra of Campinas. She later studied Architecture and Urban Planning, and worked as a set designer off-Broadway and as an associate designer for Tony Walton on Broadway and at venues such as Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Kennedy Center, and The Royal Court Theatre. She then turned her focus to acting, studying at HB Studios and making her mark in Brazil's theatre, film, and television industries.

Some of Daniela's recent credits include the Amazon series El Presidente (Season 2), Passport to Freedom (Sony Pictures), Renegate Arcangel (Globoplay - Season 2), and How To Be a Carioca (Disney Plus). She has also been recognized for her work in films such as My Hindu Friend, directed by Hector Babenco and starring Willem Dafoe, Netflix's The Killer (for which she received a best actress nomination at the Gramado Film Festival), Those Hands That Lead Me by João Cortes, and The American Side by Jenna Ricker, starring Matthew Broderick. Her television credits include roles in popular shows such as Malhação (Globo Network), Obscure Power (nominated for a Contigo Award for best actress in a TV series), Mandrake (HBO), and other series for TV Globo and Record. Daniela has also showcased her talent on the stage, with notable performances in productions such as The Other Mozart by Sylvia Milo (off-Broadway and U.S. Tour), Ciranda by Celia Forte and directed by José Possi Neto, Realism by Anthony Neilson and directed by Tato Consorti, and PLAY by Rodrigo Nogueira and directed by Ivan Sugahara. She speaks Portuguese, English, Italian, Dutch and Spanish.

Isaac Byrne (Director)

Originally from Texas, based in NYC, Isaac has been awarded the New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Direction twice and productions he has directed have been nominated for a Drama Desk Award, an Off Broadway Alliance award, 24 NYIT awards, and 6 Planet Connection Awards. Credits include: The Other Mozart (NYIT Outstanding Solo Performance, Nominated for Director), In Vestments (NYIT Outstanding Premier of a New Play), To Nineveh (NYIT Outstanding Production), Tar Baby (DR2, PS122), 52 Man Pick Up (Ars Nova, Edinburgh Fringe), The New Normal, I Used to Write on Walls, Grimm Reality (Co-Production with Bryant Park), and Hazard a Little Death (Planet Connection Best Original Script). He also performs regularly with the Aztec Economy theatre company in the touring show, Butcher Holler Here We Come. He teaches acting at the University of the Arts, New York Film Academy, and the Matthew Corozine Studio.

Nathan Davis  (Composer, Sound Designer)

Nathan Davis "writes music that deals deftly and poetically with timbre and sonority" (NY Times). His opera/ballet “Hagoromo" was produced by American Opera Projects and premiered at the 2015 BAM Next Wave Festival with the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, choreographer David Neumann, and dancers Wendy Whelan, and Jock Soto. Lincoln Center presented the premiere of “Bells”, a site-specific work for ensemble, multi-channel audio, and live broadcast to audience members’ mobile phones. Nathan received other commissions from GMEM and Ensemble CBarré (Marseille), FringeArts and the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Donaueschinger Musiktage (Germany), Yarn/Wire, Claire Chase, Ekmeles, Miller Theatre, Ojai Music Festival, the Calder Quartet, and Third Coast Percussion – with premieres at Tanglewood, Park Avenue Armory, Guggenheim Museum, and Carnegie Hall. His music has been released on Starkland, Tundra, New Focus, and Bridge. Nathan is the co-creator (with Sylvia Milo) and the live musician of the music-theatre piece “I am the utterance of my name: Divining Mary Magdalene”.

The 2018 Aaron Copland Fellow at the Bogliasco Foundation, Davis received awards and fellowships from the Camargo Foundation, New Music USA, NYSCA, Meet The Composer, Fromm Foundation, Jerome Foundation, American Music Center, MATA, and ASCAP. He and Phyllis Chen won an NY Innovative Theater Award for their score to Sylvia Milo's play “The Other Mozart”, for which Davis also received a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Sound Design. Also an active percussionist and member of the International Contemporary Ensemble, he appeared as a concerto soloist with the Seattle Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, and Nagoya Philharmonic. A graduate of Rice, Yale, and a Fulbright Fellow at the Rotterdam Conservatory, Nathan currently teaches at The New School College of Performing Arts.

Phyllis Chen  (Composer)

Described by The New York Times  as “spellbinding” and “delightfully quirky matched with interpretive sensitivity,” Phyllis is a composer, pianist and sound artist whose music draws from her tactile exploration of object and sound.  She has performed her music at Lincoln Center, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Abrons Arts Center, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Los Angeles County Museum, Baryshnikov Arts Center and numerous other places.

Phyllis has received commissions by ensembles and organizations such as the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICEensemble),  A Far Cry, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Claire Chase Density Project, Opera Cabal Opera SHOP, Singapore International Festival of the Arts, the Roulette-Jerome,  Look & Listen Festival, Jacob Greenberg, and others. She has received grants from New Music USA, Foundation for the Contemporary Arts, NYSCA (via Concert Artists Guild and Look & Listen Festival), Fromm Foundation and  the Pew Heritage Trust via Christ Church of Philadelphia. “Through The Thicket of Stars,” a multi-layered toy piano piece based on an original scroll painting by children’s author/illustrator Grace Lin, premiered at Kaufman Center Piano Dialogues in April 2022.

The featured solo musician in Stephin Merritt’s Off-Broadway musical Coraline, Phyllis is one of the founding members of the International Contemporary Ensemble and the founder of the UnCaged Toy Piano, a composition competition to further expand the repertoire for toy piano. A strong interest in interdisciplinary work led her to collaborations with video artist and electronic musician Rob Dietz with whom she created multimedia works such as The Memoirist, Pearlessence, Chroma, and Carousel. Attended Oberlin Conservatory as a recipient of the Dean’s Talent Award Scholarship, Masters Degree from Northwestern University and DMA from Indiana University. Her piece Chimers, based on Papageno’s magic bells from Mozart’s Magic Flute, was premiered at the Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival in 2011, and a program of her music was featured at the festival in 2013. 2019 Cage-Cunningham Fellow, 2022 Guggenheim Fellow.

Janice Orlandi (Period Style Movement Director)www.actorsmovementstudio.com

A movement specialist in period styles, historic dance, psychophysical techniques, character transformation and physical dramaturgy. Trained and co-taught with Loyd Williamson and Richard Schechner. Recent directing credits include: Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies (Five Stars at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, St. James Studio London; Theater Row, Laurie Beechman, 59E59), Garbo Dreams (Red Room NYC). Movement Director: The Contrast (Mirror Repertory Company St Clements), An Ideal Husband and Tartuffe (Sonnet Repertory NYC). A certified teacher of Michael Chekhov and Williamson Technique. Period style specialist of Elizabethan and Restoration, Baroque, Regency, Victorian, Edwardian, 1920's-1970's. Artistic director at Actors Movement Studio NYC, faculty at TISCH School of the Arts, Atlantic Theater Company, University of the Arts Philadelphia, Rutgers University, New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. Her work as an educator, director, actress and movement coach has been seen at Williamstown Theater Festival, State Theater School Denmark, Lindenberg Center for Culture Netherlands, Princeton Repertory Shakespeare Festival, Classic Stage Company, Circle Rep Lab. Founding Member of Shakespeare in the Parking Lot. Featured in BACKSTAGE and the AMERICAN THEATER MAGAZINE on current “Trends in Movement Training” in theater. Member of SAG/AFTRA, AEA, SSDC.

Magdalena Dąbrowska  (Costume Designer – Dress)

A versatile Polish designer whose projects include fashion, theatrical costumes and set designs, Magdalena is a graduate of Łazarski University in Warsaw and of the Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design. Her designs have been finalists at such prestigious competitions as Oskary Mody, OFF Fashion, and Złota Nitka. She participated in joint shows organized during the International Millinery Competition in France. She designed costumes for the plays, Taksówka, Spacerowicz and Ukryj Mnie w Gałęziach Drzew directed by Igor Gorzkowski for Studio Teatralne KOŁO. She also designed sets and costumes for Obchód Teatru, Czyli Kim Jest Wojciech B.? at the National Theatre of Poland and for the opera, Hamlet, at the Teatr Wielki in Poznan, Poland.  She also runs INNI - a fashion and costume design studio. Her dress for “The Other Mozart” has been featured in ELLE Italia and ELLE France Magazines.

Miodrag Guberinic (Costume Designer – Pannier Sculpture) miodragguberinic.com  

Miodrag Guberinic is a New York-based designer and artisan. He grew up in Serbia and graduated from the FPU in Belgrade with a BFA in costume design, and graduated with an MFA in costume design from the NU in Chicago. His designs have been worn by Katy Perry, Scarlett Johansson, B Akerlund and Bianca Del Rio among others. His costume artisan work has been featured on numerous Broadway productions including ones currently on Broadway: Frozen, Head Over Heels, Mean Girls, Pretty Woman; TV shows: Mrs. Maisel, The Tick and last season of Gotham. He created accessories for fashion campaigns for Estee Lauder & Shiseido and small-scale costumes, crafts, and puppetry work for the iconic retailers' windows of Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Tiffany & Co., Macy's, Lord & Taylor and Prada. Mio was also responsible for the creation of the iconic headpieces & armor for Madonna's  World Rebel Heart Tour and has collaborated with luminary designers including Anne Roth, Gregg Barnes, Arianne Phillips, and Michael Wilkinson. Today, Mio resides in Brooklyn where he owns the design company Mio Design NYC focusing on the highly innovative design and artisan projects, using the newest cutting-edge materials and technology on a wide range of Costume and Wearable Art projects. Most recently he started sharing his experiences as a lecturer and guest designer with students of Carnegie Mellon University, Long Island University, Parsons School of Design, Princeton University and Rutgers University.

Joshua Rose  (Lighting Designer)

A graduate of the stage design program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, Joshua resides in New York City and designs lighting for a variety of projects all over the world; from intimate solo shows to full operas, from architectural installations to modern dance.  Some designs of note include The Edge of Some World, choreographed by Jonathan Fredrickson and premiered in Beijing; The Blue Frog jazz club in Mumbai; A Celebration of Music and Dance with The Limon Dance Company and Simon Bolivar National Youth Choir of Venezuala at Lincoln Center.  Recent Designs include Tar Baby by Desiree Burch, La Boheme for The Bronx Opera and and Madame Butterfly for the Martina Arroyo Foundation.

Courtney Bednarowski (Hairstylist)

An emerging hairstylist residing in Brooklyn. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she graduated from the Aveda Institute, completed an assistant program at Mizu Salon in NYC, and decided to expand her skillset into barbering at Freeman's Barbershop. Courtney has styled for countless fashion events, film and theater, print and online publications (including VOGUE), and is now working for DIOR as the lead wig stylist. (In The Other Mozart Courtney sculpts Sylvia’s hair — it is all her real hair!)

Kodi Milburn (Stage Manager, hair, makeup)

Kodi Lynn Milburn is involved in all things music, theater, and media. She is amicably dubbed the “swiss army knife of theater”. NYFA PCMT ‘17. Cross discipline credits include: Sylvia Milo’s The Other Mozart (Hong Kong, U.S. Tour), Heart Strings (Atlantic), AMP (HERE), Tussaud/Antoinette (IRT), My Onliness  (The New Ohio), Chess (American Theater for Actors), Uta Hagen Centennial Salon (Lincoln Center), Utterance of my name (Baryshnikov Arts Center), Sparkle Spa (BMI), Ewalt & Walker (54 Below), Mary & Max (Bobby Cronin & Crystal Skillman), Voyage en Chanson (National Sawdust), L’autre Mozart (Fringe North, Halifax Fringe), Rhinoceros (Atlantic Acting School).

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