The Creative Team
Michael Fixel (Playwright/producer)
After graduating from Columbia University, Michael spent two years in India and Nepal, and then lived in Boulder, Colorado, where he studied with Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and Michael McClure. His career as a playwright took off again in 2012 when his verse play Salamander Stew had four productions, including the New York International Fringe Festival. Freefall Frostbite had its first incarnation in the mystically charged space of the Ellen Stewart Theater at LaMama. His long poem The Freedom of the Dreamer was recently choreographed and presented by The Sandbox Theater in Minneapolis. He can be contacted at paralleluniversetheaterresources.com.
Juliet Fixel (Artistic Director/ Choreographer/Executive Producer/Musical consultant)
Juliet graduated from the University of Florida with a BFA in theatre performance and minor in dance. With the constant inspiration of her tremendously talented family Juliet pursues her passion of creating heart-based art on a daily basis as a professional choreographer, performer, and educator. Career highlights include: choreographing for twenty one pilots on the Late Show with Seth Myers, playing Lane in The Clean House, and winning the Best Director Award at the Strawberry One Act Festival for Salamander Stew. Juliet is a proud redhead, devoted Hanson fan, and has never lost at a board game…or so she says.
David Oberst (Composer/Musical Director/Producer)
David graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and minor in Music. While his day job has always been in the tech sector, David enjoys every opportunity he gets to flex his creative muscles. Favorite past projects have included Lippa's The Wild Party (Music Director), Company (Conductor), and Chess (Music Director). When he isn't working or making music, David enjoys escape rooms, singing karaoke, and watching the Game Show Network.
jon aisenberg (Second music director)
Jon Aisenberg graduated in 2017 from Duke University with a B.A. in Music and a minor in History. At Duke, he worked extensively with Hoof 'n' Horn, the South's oldest student-run musical theater group, where favorite shows worked on were Violet, Next to Normal, and Urinetown. A native New Yorker, Jon's happy to be back in the City and working on such a great project with great people.
Jordan Bland (Second Director)
Jordan Bland received his BFA in musical theatre from Wayne State and trained at Circle In The Square. Jordan has been working as a professional actor, director and casting director over the past 15 years. Jordan was an original cast member of the first production of Freefall Frostbite. Other favorite credits include Roland Maule in Present Laughter, Prez in The Pajama Game, and The Young Man in Sondheim's Putting It Together. Jordan is a reality show junkie and prides himself in being able to choose the winner while watching the first episode of a season.
Shirelle Ruddock (Third Director)
Shirelle Ruddock studied Performance at Georgia College prior to moving to New York City, and is an original cast member of the first production of Freefall Frostbite. She has been acting, singing and directing for five years both in New York and Toronto, studying at HB Studio, Pop Vocal Academy and Smart Professions. She is a walking IMDB and and has an intense respect, bordering on adoration for the creative genius of Kanye West.
Josh Kuzmierz (Musical Arranger)
Josh is a native of Rochester, New York and he currently studies in Jacksonville, Florida. Josh is a music composition study with a piano and voice focus. He is on the Jacksonville University sailing team and is a director/founding member of JU's a cappella group VOX. Josh is an avid supporter of stuffed crust and self-deprecating jokes.
Charley aldridge (Graphic designer)
Charley Aldridge graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design and is currently a creative director at an advertising agency in NYC. He's thrilled to bring his nearly two decades of advertising experience to Freefall Frostbite's marketing team in support of this female director/choreographer's unique vision and incredible talent. In his spare time he designs/produces iheartfemaledirectors.com which allows him to finally combine his superpowers of “knowing a bunch of artists” and “convincing people to do free work.” Charley also produced his first film, All Exchanges Final, earlier this year for female director Annabel Oakes. On a personal note Charley is married to a neuroscientist. In case you missed that last sentence—Charley is married to a neuroscientist.
Ashley Osterer (Costumer)
Ashley Osterer is a costume and fashion designer living and working in New York City. A recent graduate of Parsons School for Design, Ashley has interned with Christian Siriano and the Metropolitan Opera costume shop. She would like to thank her parents for their endless support.
Ophelia chua (lighting designer)
Ophelia graduated from Duke University after studying biomedical engineering, economics and theatre, and recently from Harvard Business School with an MBA. As an aspiring producer/entrepreneur, she feels extremely privileged to combine her passion for performing arts with business in her day job of running strategy at American Ballet Theatre. Favorite past projects include HBS Cabaret (Founder, Director, Technical Director), HBS Show (Co-Director, Technical Director), Rent (Lighting Design), Sweeney Todd (Lighting Design). When she's not running around in the theatre... wait what? Scratch that.
The Production Team
Janette Lynott (Business Manager/ Production Manger/Producer/Costumer)
Janette Lynott has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Marymount Manhattan College and is a life long supporter of the Arts. She's spent much of her time involved in Music and Theater and remains a supporter while also pursuing a career in film and television production. She has worked on projects across MTV, The Food Network, PBS and CNN and is currently a Unit Manager across various television programs. Janette is also a taco enthusiast and specializes in setting off the fire alarm while cooking- just ask her roommates.
Kordell Draper (Stage Manager)
Kordell Draper is NY based Stage Manager, Director, and Educator. Originally from Raleigh, NC, Kordell recently graduated from New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development where he studied Educational Theatre and Dramatic Literature. Kordell's work ranges from new play development and devised work, to site specific performance, as well as theatre classics. Selected Directing Credits include Stop Kiss (NYU), Cabaret (NYU), The Miracle Worker (NYU). Selected Stage Managment credits include 21 Questions (MCC Theatre), Cabaret (NYU), Stimulus(NYU Forum on Site Specific Performance), and Between (Gallatin Arts Festival). Kordell can also make amazing cheesecakes that The Cheesecake Factory and Junior's just can't touch.
Xylina Golding (Company Manager/Producer)
Xylina Golding graduated with a Bachelor Arts degree in Theatre at the University of South Florida. She staged managed for 10 years including being the company stage manager for Jobsite Theater based in Florida. She now works in post production for film and television and has been in this industry for over 6 years, with projects including Warner Bros, Marvel, Netflix and is currently working on an HBO show. "X" can often be found drinking margaritas and listening to the smooth sounds of Kenny G... you know, because nothing says margaritas like Kenny G.