We're In Love With Rising in Love

Rising in Love The Musical is forunate to have some incredible talent behind it. Check out this all-star line-up of creator, composers, playwright, and director.

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Rory Michelle

Rory Michelle Sullivan is a singer-songwriter, composer, musician, and Jewish educator who has recorded four studio albums and performed her songs internationally. Her work explores relating to ourselves, others, and a spiritual Source in healthy, authentic, creative, and constructive ways. She is a graduate of Harvard University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a B.A. in psychology and Ed.M in Arts in Education.

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Anna Jastrzembski

Anna Jastrzembski is a New York City based playwright by way of Minot, North Dakota. In 2014 she received her B.A. from Hamilton College in Comparative Literature and Theatre. Anna is a member of Columbia University’s MFA Playwriting Class of 2019.



Moira Lo Bianco

Italian born pianist, composer and arranger Moira Lo Bianco earned a degree in Classical Piano Performance at ‘F. Torrefranca’ Conservatory in Vibo Valentia, in 2004. Soonafter, she undertook graduate studies at The University of Tor Vergata and completed her Bachelor of Arts with an ethnomusicology thesis on Calabrian folk music and its traditions. Under the tutelage of Oscar award-winning composer Luis Bacalov, Moira studied film scoring at Siena’s Accademia Chigiana. Looking to develop her ability as a pianist, composer and arranger, she received a scholarship to pursue further studies at Berklee College of Music and graduated with Summa Cum Laude in 2012.

Moira served as Piano Faculty at Berklee College of Music where she also founded and co-directed the ‘Equinox Music Festival’. Recently, she recorded for ‘Steinway Spirio’ and her solo album ‘Imago’ was released in March 2016, produced by Steinway & Sons label (NAXOS distribution). She has enjoyed collaborations with oud and violin virtuoso Simon Shaheen, Global Jazz Institute director Marco Pignataro, clarinetist Kinan Azmeh (Silk Road Ensemble), among many others. Her performances include venues such as Roma Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Steinway Hall. In 2013 she released her debut album ‘Lunaria’, featuring Bruno Raberg on double bass and Marcello Pellitteri on drums. She also had the chance to start a workshop series called ‘Improvisation for Classical Pianists’, focusing on the element of improvisation in classical music. The workshop joined her philosophy to bring classical music to unconventional venues and to help the next generation of listeners understand and appreciate its influence on the music that came afterwards. Moira is the recipient of Berklee Faculty Fellowship Grant 2016, she was nominated for Jazz Artist of the Year at the 2013 Boston Music Awards and she is a Steinway Artist and Steinway Educational Partner.


Jonathan Shanes

Jonathan Levi Shanes composes and produces music for feature films, television networks like Netflix and HBO, production companies like Bleeding Fingers Music, and a diverse mix of popular albums, stage theaters, and other musical outlets.

Jonathan earned his B.A. in Composition with Honors from Columbia College of the Arts while working as one of the most sought after session keyboardists in Chicago. During his studies he took a year studying conflict resolution and gender studies at Göteborg University in Sweden while continuing session work, and recording an album with Swedish rock band “Supersloth.”

Since moving to Los Angeles, Jonathan has worked continuously as a composer, producer, arranger, orchestrator, programmer and performer.

Jonathan has contributed to film and television projects including Breaking In (Gabrielle Union), Sense8 (Netflix Original Series), Jungle (Daniel Radcliffe), A Hologram for the King (Tom Hanks), Killer Elite (Robert De Niro), The Darkness (Kevin Bacon), The International (Clive Owen, Naomi Watts), Miles (Molly Shannon), John From Cincinnati (HBO Original Series), Funny or Die Presents… (HBO Original Series), Project Mc2 (Netflix Original Series), Babylon Berlin (Netflix Original Series) and many more.

Jonathan also served as editor and orchestrator for the live concert score to “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer” (Tom Tykwer/Johnny Klimek/Reinhold Heil). Performances have already included The Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, The Tenerife Film Orchestra and Choir, the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra, and more. Multiple other projects are also in progress.

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Megan Minutillo

Megan Minutillo is a NY based director, producer, writer, theater teacher, and the editor in chief of

Recent directing credits include: Women of the Wings: A Celebration of Female Musical Theatre Writers (Feinstein’s/54 Below), DUETS with The Write Teacher(s) Volume 5 (Feinstein’s/54 Below), Mary Poppins (Eastport South Manor Community for the Arts), An Evening with Charlotte Jaconelli (54 Below), Another 100 Years(54 Below), Ladies of Eve(54 Below), DUETS with The Write Teacher(s) (54 Below), LOVE SONGS for VDAY (54 Below), Bluebirds (Guild Hall of Easthampton), Orphans (Guild Hall of Easthampton), and Crimes of the Heart (Guild Hall of Easthampton). As a producer, Megan has worked at venues and theatres across New York City and Long Island such as at Bay Street Theater, 54 Below, Don’t Tell Mama, Laurie Beechman Theater, (le) poisson rouge, and The Cutting Room.

Megan’s narrative writing can be found on GLASS HEEL, I AM THAT GIRL,, and, among others.

Her play, H, is currently in development.

Megan is a graduate of Binghamton University, where she did her undergraduate work in Political Science, Philosophy, and Law, and Theatre (with a concentration in Acting and Directing). Megan did her graduate work at New York University, where she received an MA in Educational Theatre and English Education.  Connect with Megan on Twitter and Instagram via @MeganMinutillo.

Nissa Kahle


Nissa Kahle

Nissa Kahle is a NYC based Music Director, Pianist, and Accordionist. She loves collaborating on the development of new works, and is thrilled to join the team for this version of "Rising in Love".

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.

Training: MM From Texas State University.