Julia Gytri is a Brooklyn-based writer. Her theatrical works include BLIND (National Asian Artists Project 2013, with Yan Li), SALONIKA (The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, with Avi Amon), and THE WHITE CITY (O’Neill National Music Theatre Conference 2014, Richard Rogers Award Finalist 2015, Musical Theatre Factory New Orchestrations 2015, Yale Institute 2016). Julia has enjoyed artistic residencies at The Weston Playhouse (2016, 2018) and had works performed at Lincoln Center, 54 Below, The Prospect Theatre, and universities across the country. Current projects include two novels: THIS IS THE UNIVERSAL SIGN FOR CHOKING and THE GHOST SAYS “BOO”: A LAWSON FAMILY CHRISTMAS, as well as a new play, THE GRAND MOSQUE AT ABU DHABI. When Julia’s not working on theatre or fiction, she writes everything from educational music for kids to marketing materials in her current role as Head of Brand Content + Communication for a New York-based sports nutrition company.
Avi Amon is a composer, sound artist, and educator. His music has been heard at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Ars Nova, Atlantic Theater, BAM, Drama League, Edinburgh Fringe, Exponential Festival, JACK, Juilliard, Lincoln Center, La Mama, Prospect Theater, and Spoleto Festival USA, among others. With Julia Gytri he has developed SALONIKA (Berkeley REP Ground Floor) and THE WHITE CITY (Yale Institute, O’Neill NMTC, Richard Rogers Award Finalist). Other credits include: RATED BLACK with Kareem Lucas (New York Theater Workshop), JEUNE TERRE with Gabrielle Reisman (Playwrights Center), and several sound installations in a 100-year old grain silo in Buffalo, NY. In development: INSHALLAH/MASHALLAH, a 3-D audio opera (Target Margin Theater), PAUL SWAN IS DEAD AND GONE with Claire Kiechel (Civilians), and THE BLACK HISTORY MUSEUM with Zoey Martinson (HERE Arts Center). He has been in-residence with Exploring the Metropolis at JCAL, Hi-ARTS, Judson, New Dramatists, Target Margin, Weston Playhouse, and Yale. Avi is the resident composer at the 52nd Street Project and teaches at NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.