What's The Show About?

Rising in Love is the modern day coming-of-age story about interracial Jewish couple Rosie and Scott, their fears and anxieties surrounding marriage, and the friends and family who help them learn what it takes to rise in love.

What's The Musical Like?!

Take Cole Porter and have him write The Fantasticks for millennials. Voila! You have Rising in Love, the lively and big-hearted new musical that will delight you and have you humming long after the performance. This playful and lovable new musical with beautifully lyrical and singable music explores growth, compromise, relationships, communication, and what it means to grow up and find love in today's world.


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Rory Michelle Sullivan
Creator (Words & Music)
Songwriter and Jewish educator Rory Michelle Sullivan has written and recorded four studio albums. She holds a BA. in psychology from Harvard University and Ed.M in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Rory Michelle wrote melodies, lyrics, and is grateful to all who contributed to the story.
Moira Lo Bianco
Music (Concept Album)
Composer and pianist Moira Lo Bianco embraces a multifaceted approach to composition. She traverses musical styles in creating works from concert music to multidisciplinary projects; from classical and folk, to jazz and contemporary styles. Moira co-composed the six songs on the Rising in Love Concept Album.
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Jonathan Shanes
Jonathan Shanes composes and produces music for feature films, television networks like Netflix and HBO, production companies like Bleeding Fingers Music and more. Jonathan co-composed all music beyond the Rising in Love Concept Album, bringing Rising in Love into a full musical theatre experience.
Nissa Kahle
Nissa Kahle
Music Director
Nissa Kahle is a NYC based Music Director, Pianist, and Accordionist. Broadway: Chicago, Great Comet. Off Broadway/Touring/Other NYC: Big Apple Circus at Lincoln Center, Chicago National/International Tour, Desperate Measures, 54 Below, NYC Fringe Festival, and more.
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Erica Riddick
Erica Riddick has been a member of three improv troupes, and has performed on local theatre stages, most recently as actor and devising co-creator in the 2019 original production of Count Smackula and His Three Scares. She dipped a baby toe into playwrighting for Know Theatre Serials, serving as Playwright, Director & Actor for Cubicle.

Learn More About Us

Rising in Love is excited to have welcomed additional team members for our developmental staged reading production, produced by ish, driving Cincinnati's Jewish and Israeli Arts and Culture, and presented by Cincy Fringe on June 17, 2021. Sign up for creator Rory Michelle Sullivan's email list for updates on future workshops and productions.


Help Develop Rising in Love

 Your donation will be used for development of the show and to ready us for a fully staged production.


Rory Michelle Sullivan, creator of Rising in Love, is a fiscally sponsored artist through Fractured Atlas, a non­profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Rory Michelle Sullivan must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only. Any contribution above the value of the goods and services received by the donor is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Your support of the arts is extremely appreciated.



We are thrilled that Rising in Love is featured in Philadelphia RowHome Magazine's spring 2019 issue.

The Back Story

Since she was a teenager, songwriter, composer, and lyricist Rory Michelle Sullivan has created art that helps people access healthier ways of relating. Her high school music theory project became one of the songs for the musical, beginning Rory Michelle’s career in writing fun, authentic, sincere, and alive music that speaks to the heart. With the addition of Moira Lo Bianco’s brilliant harmonies and arrangements, Jonathan Shanes' inspired composing, and Erica Riddick's playful dramaturgy magic, the musical Rising in Love has grown up from a collection of Rory Michelle’s songs to a project with a life of its own.

Be a Part of It

This is a critical juncture in the lifecycle of Rising in Love. Where we are now - the development phase - is where the work is created, workshopped, revised, and reworked until it is ready for a full production. Your support today will enable us to take the next major steps – completing revisions to the script and score and getting the show ready for its first fully staged production.

Be in Touch

Want to be a part of the Rising in Love community? Have questions or connections to help move us forward? We'd love to hear from you.

Email us at: risinginlovethemusical@gmail.com