Antigravity Performance Project is a devising company interested in hybrid performance forms. We are Co-Artistic Directors Kym Moore, Francesca Montanile Lyons, Michael T. Williams, and Michael Costagliola (Resident Sound Designer/Composer), together with Associate Artists Kyle Dacuyan, Megan Thibodeaux, Alicia Crosby, Shanti Pillai, Marc Gomes, and Oona Curley.
Kym Moore (Co-Artistic Director) is Co-Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Antigravity Performance Project and Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University. Moore’s directing style is grounded, yet imaginative and encompasses a wide range of genres and style of performance. Some of her work can be categorized as “Afro-Futurist” but she is not bound by definitions. Kym seeks to explore all dimensions of theatrical language. Kym has a deep interest in String Theory, intersectionality, and Quantum Physics which shape her approach to crafting performance production. Her aesthetic is designed to feed all of the senses, she works tirelessly to create a multisensory experience for the audience that is hard to forget. Kym is the proud recipient of a Pen and Brush Inc. award for her play, The Date. Recent Brown University theatre credits include: Sonic Life of a Giant Tortoise, By The Way, Meet Vera Stark, Hype Hero, Passing Strange, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, and Pippin, which was recognized by BroadwayWorld.com as one of the most “whacky and innovative” interpretations of that musical worldwide. Kym is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, National Association of Acting Teachers, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, and formerly the National Theatre Conference. She has taught acting and directing at numerous institutions including: The Juilliard School, Emory University, Georgetown, Notre Dame University, Dartmouth College, Swarthmore College, Sarah Lawrence College, SUNY Purchase, Hampshire College, University of Oklahoma, and Rhode Island School of Design. Current projects include Do Eye Know You? (Kym Moore w/Antigravity Performance Project) formerly Time’s Up!, a transmedia performance installation has been supported with residencies at the CCAM/Yale University, The Odyssey Theater/Los Angeles, UCLA and California State University/Long Beach, as well as funding support from the MAP Fund, The Solomon Award, Creative Arts Council, and private donors. This spring she will direct Sometimes the Rain, Sometimes the Sea by Julia Izumi at Williams College and she recently joined the collaborative team of Zora On My Mind, a new musical exploring the forces that shape the lives of African-American women Then and Now. Lead artists Anita Gonzalez(Book) and Diana Lawrence (Composer) are devising this new work in association with the Racial Justice Institute at Georgetown University.
Michael T. Williams is Co-Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Antigravity Performance Project and an Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Theater and Performance Studies Program, Department of Performing Arts at Georgetown University. He is a queer-identified devised and ensemble theater practitioner and pedagogue: part director, performer, and educator of original collectively-authored performance. Driven by visual storytelling and sonic languages, his work explores the hybrid performance forms, unreliable first person narratives, and theatricalization of non-dramatic and autobiographical texts.
With his collective Antigravity Performance Project and solo Michael has worked with: FringeArts, La MaMa ETC, Ars Nova, Williamstown Theatre Festival, New Ohio, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Soho Rep, Trinity Rep, Montez Press Radio, Sleeping Weazel, and in Arena Stage’s Downstairs Series for New Work and Voices of Now Festival. His work has been presented at FringeArts, Ars Nova, Ice Factory Festival, New Ohio Theatre Presents, and at Haverford College through the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship. He has received artist residencies from Bethany Arts Community, Barn Arts, Adelphi University/New York Theatre Workshop, and FringeArts’ Camp Fringe Residency Program. MFA in Devised Performance, University of the Arts/Pig Iron Theatre Company. BA in Theatre Arts and Education Policy, Brown University. michaeltimothywilliams.com
Francesca Montanile Lyons is Co-Artistic Director of Antigravity and 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 Sound Designer/Composer) is a Brooklyn-based sound designer and composer, and Co-Artistic Director of Antigravity Performance Project . 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 Antigravity Performance Project. His work has been heard in New York at La MaMa, Manhattan Theatre Club, the Brick Theater, Incubator Arts Project, The MartinE. 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 in Sound Design, Yale School of Drama. michaelcostagliola.com
Antigravity Associate Artists
Shanti Pillai & Marc Gomes of Third Space Performance Lab