Antigravity Performance Project is a Philadelphia and Brooklyn-based devising company with a creative aesthetic rooted in vibrant image, movement, music, and performance text. 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 is Co-Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Antigravity Performance Project, and Dean of the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts at University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Kym’s interests in Theatre and Performance span multiple genres and styles. Her work as a director is often described as “visually compelling,” “daring,” and very much “alive.” Current projects include: Time’s Up! (in Residence at Yale University/Digital Media and Collaborative Arts Lab); Verses at Work (in Residence at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center); and Hoodoo Love by Katori Hall (Julliard Rep 2018). Her latest work with Antigravity, Do Eye Know U? is currently in development with residencies taking place at The Center for Digital Media and Collaborative Arts at Yale University, The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, UCLA, California State Long Beach, and the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles.
Professional directing credits include: Verses at Work by Malik Work (in workshop), Hype Hero by Dominic Taylor (Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference), The Gospel of Loving Kindness by Marcus Gardley (Brown/Trinity Playwrights Repertory); Yermedea Raw by Erik Ehn at The Factory Theatre (Boston), 95 Empire Black Box (Providence), and La Mama E.T.C. (NYC). The New York Times noted this production for its “haunting images” and “energizing and frightening” performances. Kym directed Jomama Jones*Radiate by Daniel Alexander Jones (SoHo Rep), a New York Times and Backstage Critics’ Pick.
She is the recipient of a Pen and Brush Inc. award for her play, The Date. Recent Brown University theatre credits include: 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 an associate member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, the Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab, and the National Theatre Conference. She has taught acting and directing at numerous institutions including: Notre Dame University, Dartmouth College, Hampshire College, University of Oklahoma, and Rhode Island School of Design. kymmoore.com
Michael T. Williams is Co-Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Antigravity Performance Project and a queer-identified devised and ensemble theatre artist – part director, performer, and educator. Driven by visual storytelling and original scores, his work explores the marriage of the divine and the profane, unreliable first person narratives, and the healing capacity of community. Michael is an Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Theater and Performance Studies program at Georgetown University.
With Antigravity and solo Michael has worked with: FringeArts, La MaMa ETC, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Soho Rep, Trinity Rep, Winged Cranes Productions (Madrid), El Reló (Madrid), Blood from a Turnip, AS220, Sleeping Weazel, and in Arena Stage’s Downstairs Series for New Work and Voices of Now Festival.
His original performance works have been presented at FringeArts, Ice Factory Festival, New Ohio Theatre, and at Haverford College through the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship. Michael has taught for the Brown University/Rhode Island School of Design CoLAB, the City University of New York, and University of the Arts, in addition to regional theatre companies and arts education organizations. Michael is the recipient of the Victims’ Rights and Justice Awards for his work with Francesca Montanile Lyons and the Women of SOAR on Behind Closed Doors. He has received artist residencies from Bethany Arts Community and Adelphi University/New York Theatre Workshop. 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 ensemble-based work in the DC public schools. From 2011 to 2013, Michael served as the Education Outreach Coordinator at Trinity Repertory Company. 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. 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