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Our Team

Get to Know Us

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Morgan Smith

Creator

Morgan is twenty years old and has grown up all over the East Coast, from farms in Virginia and Maine to a cabin in Connecticut.
Writer of Oceanborn, an internet-famous fantasy musical called "sweeping and confident" by the New York Times, Wayward Sisters, an upcoming musical about paganism in the deep south, and Delirium, an upcoming musical about nightmares coming to life, Morgan's writing is thoroughly entrenched in the mythic women of past and present. 
Their short fiction has been published in the US and internationally, winning over 20 national awards.  They have studied at Bryn Mawr College, Kenyon College, Yale University, Juilliard, and New York University.

Jamie Frazier

Concept Design

An anthropologist by training and doula by trade, Jamie is rather befuddled by the fact that they have ended up on the Averno team. They are, nonetheless, thrilled to imagine new worlds every day and spend most of their time with witches.

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Teresa Lotz

Composer

Teresa Lotz (she/they) is an award-winning playwright and composer-lyricist. Her work includes She Calls Me Firefly (2019 New York Innovative Theater Award Winner Best Original Short Script, World Premiere: Soho Playhouse, June 2018, dir. Ludovica Villar-Hauser), Akira & The Merpeople (music) with bookwriter/lyricist Claire Tran (Musical Theater Factory 4x15, 2019, dir Cristina Angeles, THEatre ACCelerator 2019), Red Emma & the Mad Monk (NY Times Critic’s Pick, 6 NYIT Nominations, LadyFest 2018 at The Tank, Ars Nova ANT Fest 2017, dir. Katie Lindsay) written by Alexis Roblan, ThreeTimesFast(book and music) with bookwriter/lyricist Naomi Matlow(Florida Festival of New Musicals 2019, O'Neill Theater Festival Semi-Finalist, Pallas Theater Table Read Series Winner 2017, The Script at Stage 74, NYC, dir. Michael Bello 2017, New York Film Academy, Winter New Works Series 2016, NYC, dir. Robert Longbottom), A Surrealist Sort of View (music, Prospect Theater Company’s WORLD VIEWS – 2017 Musical Theater Lab, dir. Dev Bondarin) with book-writer/lyricist Sarah Rebell, Mommy’s Little Princess: A Craigslist Love Story (The Barbour Award Finalist, The Episcopal Actor's Guild, March 2018, dir. Daniella Caggiano), The Awakening(music) with bookwriter/ lyricist Sarah Rebell (O'Neill Theater Festival Semi-Finalist, Reading,, Musical Theatre Factory Developmental Series, Playwright’s Horizons, 2016 dir. Celine Rosenthal). Teresa is a member of Dramatist’s Guild and ASCAP. Music Composition, B.M., Bowling Green State University. Musical Theatre Writing, M.F.A., New York University. TeresaLotz.com

Daniella Caggiano

Director

DANIELLA CAGGIANO is a freelance director and native New Yorker. She is a Resident Director at The Flea Theater, was named one of The Interval’s 2016 “Women to Watch” and is a former MTC Directing Fellow, 2018 Drama League Resident, and an alum of Lincoln Center Directors Lab. She has directed or developed work at NYTW, Joe’s Pub, The Lark, Dixon Place, The Flea, Musical Theatre Factory Le Poisson Rouge, WOW Cafe, HERE, FringeNYC, and 54 Below among others. Favorite projects include Next To Normal (benefit presentation starring Tony nom. Christiane Noll), Vinegar Tom, Macbeth, All The Ways To Say I Love You (Assistant, dir. Leigh Silverman) and School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play (Associate, dir. Rebecca Taichman).

MFA The New School, BA Sarah Lawrence College www.daniellacaggiano.com

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Richard Eyler

Fanbassador

Richard Eyler is extremely excited to be a part of the team behind Averno. He was last seen performing at Manhattan Repertory Theatre as Jayson in “A Homosexual Hazard” by Edwin Betancourt and Tom in “23andus” by Caroline Connolly. He also originated the role of “Alihu Anton Lehrer” in “A Deadly Game of Chess” at The Fairfield Theatre Company’s StageOne Theatre. His other credits include Hanschen Rilow in Spring Awakening and Mary Sunshine in Chicago. Richard is also a musical theatre influencer who posts twice a week on his youtube channel (okrickchard). He is thrilled to be working hard to give ya'll insight into the world of these fun gay witches.

Elodie Prigent

Social Media Intern

A 16-year old high schooler, Elodie spends most of her time doing homework, playing soccer, or at stage crew. Having always been intrigued by the realm of visual and musical arts, and having long supported Morgan's project, Oceanborn Musical, the opportunity to be a part of the Averno team couldn't be passed. Captivated by the many projects involved in Averno, she looks forward to using various social media platforms to spread the word about the mysterious town.

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Sophie Notbom

Artist

Sophie is 17 years old and has yet to graduate high school. She was born in Austria and moved to Germany at age four, making her pretty much a German citizen at this point. She's been heavily involved with the arts her entire life, having been drawing, painting, singing and performing on stage basically since she could walk. Spending a year abroad in Michigan this past year, Sophie has been granted Summa Cum Laude for her outstanding performance, both academically and artistically.
She's been active on her Instagram handle 'dropinart' for the past three years, having made great friends in the artistic community.
Throughout her life, performing in and creating art for musicals and plays has been a great joy for Sophie. She's truly thrilled to be part of this project, especially having been an eager fan of Morgan's recent project 'Oceanborn'.

Eva María López

Artist

Eva María Lópeza is a 20 year old illustrator and fine arts student who also likes creating characters and using soft colors and watercolor.

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Raquel Martínez

Artist

My name is Raquel, but my friends call me Rei. I’m a digital artist from Spain and I love to draw fantasy...also female characters! I could never go to an art school but I was always self-taught since I drew with an old computer and a ball mouse. I love nature, cats and magic stuff...like witches!