East of the Sun Production :: THE TEAM

The Team

Currently the creative team is writer and co-creator Laurel Armstrong, composer and co-creator Natalie Nowytski, and dramaturge and stage manager Amanda Schnabel.

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Laurel Armstrong (Director, Creator, Producer) is a singer, actress, writer, and producer. As a performer she has worked in Japan for Universal Studios, toured nationally with Sesame Street Live!, and appeared on many stages throughout the Twin Cities. She studied music-dance-theater at BYU where she also wrote, performed, and directed for a sketch group that was the precursor for the popular cable and YouTube show, Studio C. She is currently based in Minneapolis and works regularly in voice-over and theater as both a talent and producer.

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Natalie Nowytski (Composer, Creator—natalien.com) is a classically trained village singer, composer, multi-faceted performer, and educator specializing in traditional Eastern European vocal styling, who has appeared on international stages and on A Prairie Home Companion. She has received awards from the McKnight Foundation, Jerome Foundation, American Composers Forum, SAGE Awards, and Minnesota State Arts Board. Performing as a musician, actor, and dancer, Natalie is also a member of Orkestar Bez Ime, Country Roads, Traki, and AM Supperclub. In 2014, Natalie was awarded a JFund for New Music from the Jerome Foundation and American Composers Forum to write the music for our production of East of the Sun. In March of 2016 her first East of the Sun songs—built around a trio of female voices—were presented in the Flying Foot Forum dance studio, with subsequent public workshops featuring a live band and electronic music presented as part of Nautilus Music Theater's Rough Cuts series. She continues to create unique soundscapes and haunting vocal harmonies for our production, inspired by a wide variety of influences: folk traditions from around the world (Republic of Georgia, Bulgaria, Finland, Corsica, China, etc.), in addition to American hip hop, bluegrass, and R&B.

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Amanda Schnabel (Dramaturge, Producer) is a Minneapolis based singer, actor, director, and dramaturge with a keen interest in the development of new work. She holds a B.A. in music, with a concentration in theater, from the College of St. Benedict-St. John's University and her work has been seen on stages both across the Twin Cities—and as far away as Cincinnati, OH and St. Louis, MO. Over the years Amanda has been deeply involved in the creation of new theatrical and choral works and she is a passionate advocate of arts education.

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