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Conceived by:

Quentin Madia

Music, Book & Lyrics By:

Quentin Madia & Lauren Pelaia

Additional Materials By:

Alex Knezevic

The Picher Project has been advised by: 

Rebecca Jim


Meet The Team

Quentin Madia

Conceiver, Director, Book, Music, Lyrics


Quentin Madia is a NY/NJ based generative director-choreographer, producer, and multidisciplinary theatre artist. Quentin specializes in documentary musical theatre, musical comedy, dance, and new work development. Quentin is the Artistic Director of commercial producing entity Exequtive Entertainment, LLC. Quentin has taught at The College of New Jersey, Mott Haven Academy, The Abraham Joshua Heschel School, The Dalton School, and more. Additionally, Quentin has directed at UPenn, Stevens Institute of Technology, and TCNJ. Quentin's work has been seen at Feinstein's/54 Below, Symphony Space, Green Room 42, Walker Space, The Drama League, Dixon Place, Don’t Tell Mama, Wild Project, WOW Café, Shapeshifter Lab, Theatre Row, HERE Arts Center, The Duo, Pace University, and throughout New Jersey including McCarter Theatre, Exit 82 Theatre, Porchlight Productions, Villagers Theatre, South Brunswick School District, and New Jersey Repertory Theatre. Quentin is an Associate Member of SDC.

Lauren Pelaia

Book, Music, Lyrics

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Lauren Pelaia is NY/NJ based singer, songwriter, and composer. As a singer/songwriter, Lauren released several tracks, including Bridesmaids: A Concept Album and Find Her, on all streaming platforms. Branching into writing for musical theater, Lauren orchestrated an entirely original score for the classic play, Our Town, at Villagers Theatre which has since been nominated for a Perry Award for best sound design. Additionally, Lauren wrote original music and arrangements for Steven’s Blandino’s dance narrative entitled Bridesmaids that premiered at Symphony Space. For the last five years Lauren has been working on the music and lyrics to The Picher Project, telling the silenced story of an abandoned mining town in Oklahoma, which debuted its score at Feinstein’s 54 Below and previewed a workshop at The College of New Jersey. Continuing her education, Lauren hopes to earn her doctorate in American Studies, researching the connections between preventable environmental disasters and the forced climate migration of Indigenous communities.

Alex Knezevic

Additional Contributions

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