Muse Lee (book, music, lyrics; co-executive producer) (he/him) is thrilled and honored to be telling the story of Achilles & Patroclus through the album of ARISTOS: the Musical. An artist and educator, he taught at the juvenile justice facility Margaret J. Kemp Camp and taught writing and performance in San Francisco County Jail #2 as a member of the Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women/HIV Circle. In 2019, Muse graduated with a B.A. in English from Stanford University, where he served for three years as a teaching assistant in the Theatre and Performance Studies Department. He is currently writing the textbook Acting for Non-Majors with noted Stanford theatre lecturer Kay Kostopoulos.
Aaron Reed (orchestration, arrangements, instrumental & choral composition) (he/him) studies physics and computer science at Stanford and has known Muse since his freshman year. Before college, he played piano and percussion instruments in bands, orchestras, jazz combos, and solo performances in his home state of Louisiana. His musical language draws heavily from his study of jazz piano during high school; he cites as influences of both jazz composer-pianists and classical composers. Aaron is indescribably grateful to Muse and the rest of the creative team for giving him the opportunity to create art alongside so many amazing, talented young people.
Ruby Chan-Frey (co-executive producer) (she/her) is overjoyed to be working on ARISTOS: The Musical. An Oakland native but current college freshman in Washington, DC, Ruby is pursuing a bachelor’s in Justice, Criminology, and Law. She’s grateful to have worked at and with various social justice/community orgs around the Bay Area such as Coro NorCal, Oakland Kids First, Children’s Defense Fund, EarthTeam, MOCHA and First Pres Berkeley. She’s written and performed theatre with OakTech Rep, and has been with ARISTOS since Summer 2019.
Megan Hastie (audio producer; mix engineer) (she/her) is an audio engineer and performer based in Washington, DC. She recently graduated from American University with a Dual Degree BA in Musical Theatre and BA in Audio Production. She has experience sound designing, mixing, editing, and recording both live events and in the studio. She also teaches piano and SAT prep. Megan is an avid cat lover and podcast consumer.
Grace Connallon (vocal director) (she/her) is an actor, singer and voice teacher hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area. She has studied classical and musical theatre voice under Erica Maier D’ambrosio for 11 years, and Vocal Music and Acting at Oakland School for the Arts. She is the recipient of the 2019 Berkeley Schmidt Vocal Broadway Bound award and was a part of the Advanced Shakespeare Workshop at San Francisco Shakespeare. Favorite acting credits include: Zoe in All Summer in a Day (Shotgun Players), Ernie Lally in A Man of No Importance (Youth Musical Theatre Company), Theatre Bay Area award-winning Fiddler on the Roof (Berkeley Playhouse).
Trishla Dedhia (production coordinator) (she/her) is a sophomore at Los Altos High School. She is thrilled to be a part of such an incredible production with so many talented people. Previously, she has worked in stage management and costumes for productions of Radium Girls, Witness for the Prosecution, and Carrie at Upstage Theatre, a completely teen run community theatre group. Trishla is also a member of her school’s debate team, as well as treasurer of the UNICEF club. She can often be found playing the flute, reading comics, or attempting to learn another language.
Hannah Travali-Peacock (strategy and marketing associate) (she/her) hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is a sophomore at Northwestern University. She is thrilled to join the ARISTOS: the Musical community in a professional capacity, especially one that allows her to combine her passion for words with her love of graphic design and conveying a message. A lover of theatre in all its forms since childhood, she was involved throughout high school in set production and pit orchestra for shows like the Sound of Music and Fiddler on the Roof. In addition to classes, Hannah is on Northwestern’s speech team and works part-time at a local grocery store.
Laurent J.L. Hall (technical associate) (he/him) joins the production team as Technical Associate in addition to playing Adolescent Achilles on the album. He is currently delivering mail with the USPS while studying at American River College, and his recent credits include Tristan Grantaire in All That’s Left of Us, a webseries adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, Merriman in The Importance of Being Earnest with 4th Wall Entertainment Troupe, Professor Callahan in Legally Blonde with Bret Harte High School, and Doctor Rank in A Doll’s House with Bret Harte High School. During his two years with Aristos, Teddy has played half the Achaean army and too many of Achilles’ questionable father figures.
Cole P. Abod (he/him) is a professional freelance music director, orchestrator, and pianist. He has worked professionally as a music director at Farmer’s Alley Theatre (Kalamazoo, MI) and Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts (Warsaw, IN). Cole has also orchestrated several full-length musicals (SHEL, The Outs and Ins, Dynamite: A Wicked Sweet Musical), and has written arrangements that have appeared at the Feinstein’s/54 Below cabaret venue in New York City. A recent graduate of the University of Michigan, Cole is currently based in Baltimore, Maryland.