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Frida...A Self-Portrait

by Vanessa Severo | directed by Joanie Schultz

Kansas City Repertory Theatre, 2019

remounted at Portland Center Stage, 2021; Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 2022; Pittsburgh Public Theatre, 2023

Playwright and performer Vanessa Severo uses movement, puppetry, poetry, and music to explore her relationship to Frida Kahlo. I used the sounds of guitar played both traditionally and unconventionally––scraping the strings, drumming on the body, plucking below the bridge––to complement Frida and Vanessa's joys and struggles, pain and pleasure. The sound of birds weaves through the piece to connect to the garden at Casa Azul where Frida spent much of her life confined to bed working on her paintings while nature sang outside her room.

scenic design by Jackie Penrod

costume design by Katherine Davis

lighting design by Rachael Cady

sound design and original music by Thomas Dixon

Portland Center Stage production photos by Owen Carey


Becoming Frida

00:00 / 01:02

Frida, Age Six

00:00 / 00:29

Marriage of Frida & Diego

00:00 / 01:24


00:00 / 01:56

Light Falls

by Simon Stephens | directed by Robin Witt

Steep Theatre Company Theatre, 2022

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Relatives in different towns across the north of England are faced with the sudden death of Christine, their matriarch, and must consider how they live their own lives and how Christine will continue to be with each of them after her passing. 

I composed the music and collaborated on the lyrics to "The Great North Road" with director Robin Witt. The song is our production's version of the "Hymn of the North" that Stephens' script calls for the characters to sing throughout the play. We hear a cappella pieces of the song at various times during the two acts, and our production culminated with the entire cast singing the full song together as Kendra Thulin, who played Christine, accompanied them live on piano.

Orchestral Arrangement

00:00 / 01:29

Solo Piano Accompaniment

Early Demo Version with Temporary Vocals

00:00 / 03:26
00:00 / 05:15

scenic design by Sotirios Livadatis

costume design by Alison Siple

lighting design by Brandon Wardell

sound design by Daniel Etti-Williams

original music by Thomas Dixon


production photos by Randall Starr


by Ike Holter | directed by Joanie Schultz

Steep Theatre Company, 2020

Moony tells the story of a visitor from a parallel dimension who finds herself trapped in our world and needs help to find her way home.

Steep commissioned this sci-fi piece from Ike Holter and produced it as a radio play. You can listen to it in full on their website.


00:00 / 02:09


00:00 / 02:11


00:00 / 02:19

sound design by Thomas Dixon

sound mixing & editing by Matthew Chapman

original music by Matthew Chapman & Thomas Dixon

Lot's Wife

by Eric Rosen | directed by Joanie Schultz

Kansas City Repertory Theatre, 2016


Old Hollywood scores served as the musical inspiration for Lot's Wife. In this noir thriller, overlapping and competing stories obscure the truth when a playwright disappears on the opening night of his play. Frames of reality change throughout the piece, showing us the fictional play, the rehearsal process, and scenes from the characters' memories, which may or may not be accurate.

The Curtain Rises

00:00 / 00:27

The Lovers Meet

00:00 / 01:59

The Grisly Demise

00:00 / 00:46

The Ghost Appears

00:00 / 00:58

scenic design by Grace Hudson & Mark Hambrecht

costume design by Gretchen Halle

lighting design by Michelle Harvey

sound design by Jeffrey Keirsey

original music by Thomas Dixon

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