Anita Riggio is a writer, lyricist, illustrator. A surprise 50th birthday gift--a cancer diagnosis and subsequent full recovery--offered her the opportunity to reset and discover that she didn't want to spend the rest of her creative life alone in a studio--albeit a lovely one.
So, in 2009, following a commission by the National Theatre of the Deaf (NTD) to adapt her picture book Beware the Brindlebeast into a play that toured nationwide during NTD's 40th Anniversary season, Anita established Fat Chance Production Group, LLC. and began to assemble an extraordinarily committed cast and creative team, and to write this original musical, incorporating her experiences as a teacher in the Deaf community, a reasonably successful children's book writer/illustrator, and a perfectly, flawed human.
Riggio is the writer and/or illustrator of many picture books. Her manuscripts, book dummies, sketches and illustrations are archived at the Northeast Children's Literature Collection, Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT, and are available to the public.
Anita Riggio lives and works in Connecticut. www.anitariggio.com
Sila Shaman is a composer and pianist whose work spans a variety of genres including music for film & TV, theater, dance, jazz, concert and experimental music. Her recent work has been described as “adroit tinkering and re-shaping of improvised source material into full fledged, highly polished works of art”. Her score for the documentary Sisters in Freedom received 2019 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards for both Musical Composition and Audio. As a jazz pianist and composer she has released multiple recordings on SteepleChase and Louie Records of which A New Abode was an album-of-the-week pick by NPR. Her latest duo album with multi-instrumentalist Dave Storrs, Brief West Coast Tour, was listed as one of the top releases of 2020 by All About Jazz. Her latest film/album project Transmission is a visual and aural examination of the COVID-19 pandemic through collected audio compositions, improvisation and narration in collaboration with infectious disease epidemiologist Jeffrey Shaman. Originally from Turkey she currently lives and works in New York City. www.silashaman.com
Monique "MoMo" Holt
is a Korean-born, Deaf performer, director, and storyteller with an extensive resume that spans 37 years.
Her directing credits include TITUS in Visual Gestural Communication (New York Deaf Theatre); Cloud 9 and Urinetown, the Musical (Gallaudet University); Caucasian Chalk Circle (Open Circle Theatre), and others.
Monique is currently creating a new opera for Inside Out Theatre and re:Naissance Opera, titled Caustic Effect, an ASL opera. Monique will direct its premiere at re:Naissance Opera in Vancouver, BC.
MoMo has worked as Director of Artistic Sign Language(Dramaturg/
Translator/Coach) for countless theatrical productions, among them: A Hound on the Hill (Russian and French Sign Languages) for Ben Stamper Film Production -New York and France; Big River (DeafWest/Ford Theatre); Clybourne Park (Woolly Mammoth Theatre). The Odyssey, Into the Woods, Cymbeline, The Heart of Robin Hood. (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), and others.
Monique Holt is an Assistant Professor at Gallaudet University, She received a BFA in Acting from NYU and MFA in Devising Theater from Towson University. She is a member of AEA, SAG, and AFTRA.