We are looking forward to the theatrical premiere of The Glassblower's Daughter in October 2021.
The Glassblower's Daughter
Lightning House Players is thrilled to announce our first production, an original two-act musical: The Glassblower’s Daughter!
Please check out The Glassblower's Daughter: Streamed Reading page for information about our online reading!
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Meet the Creative Team behind The Glassblower's Daughter
Zareh Artinian (Book, Producer, Director). The founder of Lightning House Players, Zareh is an experienced editor, writer, and producer of multimedia products. An accomplished author with works published in diverse genres and media, his most recent work was the book for a musical, Beneath the Skin, which focused on de-stigmatizing mental health issues faced by young adults. He has also published over a dozen science fiction stories, non-fiction articles for middle-schoolers, and a novel for young adults. Zareh has taught at Emerson College, Sacred Heart University, and Eastern Nazarene College, as well as completing numerous freelance writing and editing projects. He has a B.S. from St. Joseph’s College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Emerson College where he studied dramatic writing. Zareh is eager to share this uplifting, original tale with audiences. He hopes that it will inspire those who see it.
Kelvyn Koning (Composer, Lyricist, Musical Director) Kelvyn specializes in composing for choir and theatre and in performing as a countertenor and pianist. He recently completed his Master of Music in Composition from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and has been commissioned to write pieces for his alma mater as well as for Zeeland High School, Batesville High School, the Da Camera Singers, Quorum, and the Oriana Consort. He was a staff accompanist at Calvin University and Aquinas College and has sung as a soloist with the Choral Scholars at the Beaver Island Baroque Festival. He is currently the Director of Music at First Baptist Church of Melrose and is the soprano section leader for the Oriana Consort. He is a founding member of the Nightingale vocal ensemble and also accompanies the choirs at Boston Latin School as well as voice lessons at Boston Conservatory. It is Kelvyn’s goal to foster empathy, healing, and social justice for individuals and communities through music.
Katherine Encarnação (Choreographer) Katherine has choreographed over 60 musicals throughout the greater Boston area, including shows at South Shore School of Theatre, BC High, Milton High, The Rivers School, and The Stadium Theater in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Katherine has a B.F.A. in Dance from Rutgers University. She was a dancer and aerialist with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus and a dance captain on Princess Cruises, where she traveled the globe extensively. Katherine is also a dance teacher and certified Zumba instructor. She is thrilled to be working with both Zareh and Kelvyn to bring this beautiful story to life.
Jodi Purdy-Quinlan (Casting Director) comes to Lightning House Players with 40 years of theatre experience as an actor and director (1971-2011) and 40 years of casting experience (1981-2021). She began casting in 1981 and became the secret weapon behind the scenes for casting directors in Boston through the 80s and 90s.
In 2002, she helped cast children’s speaking roles and all the child extra roles in Clint Eastwood’s Mystic River, followed by Martin Scorsese’s The Departed (2005) and Ben Affleck’s Gone Baby Gone (2006). She cast 10,000 extras in the Disney Feature Film, The Game Plan directed by Andy Fickman (2006).
In 2018, she was part of the Boston Casting Dream Team casting extras and supporting roles in the six-time Academy Award Nominated Feature Film The Sound of Metal.
Luke Hall (Visual Artist, Background Projections) Luke is responsible for creating the original 3D animated projections that will be used for The Glassblower's Daughter's backdrops. Luke specializes in 3D Animation and Environment Design. He studied Film & Media Arts and Temple University and works as a freelance consultant for brands and organizations. He strives to push computer graphics beyond its capabilities in order to tell powerful stories. Luke harnesses new media like Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and programming to transform primitive concepts into forward-thinking ones. His work is rooted in escapism, fantasy, and surrealism. Luke was drawn to this production by its integration of digital and live performance art.
Susan Ramey (Graphic Designer) is a long-time Quincy resident who was born in a place and grew up in a time where girls had few options of what they could be when they grew up. Kindergarten introduced her to tempera paints which inspired her to a life of creating. She is currently senior designer at a small, private college with a history of theatre excellence. In her freelance life she has designed for local theatre companies and educational institutions. Her designs for over 50 productions are her proudest accomplishments, and she is honored to be part of this production.