Quentin Madia, Lauren Pelaia, and Alex Knezevic all met pursuing theatre and performance in New York City. Madia and Knezevic both attended Pace University, where they began to collaborate. The three of them ended up working together on several different projects, including “Two Star Motel”, the World Premiere of a new pop-punk musical, directed by Madia and starring Pelaia and Knezevic. As Knezevic took composing classes, he and Madia were commissioned by Pace University, where they had studied, to write a performance piece to welcome their new President. Madia then went on to direct two music videos of Pelaia’s original songs, and the two co-wrote a song for a show titled “Employee of the Month.”
In December 2017, Madia stumbled upon images of Picher and quickly reached out to collaborators Lauren Pelaia and Alex Knezevic. They began doing dramaturgy and eventually became obsessed with the pictures, the town, and the story. The three banded together and set forth to tell the story of Picher, Oklahoma, determined to share this forgotten piece of American history.
Meet The Team
Quentin Madia is a NY/NJ based director, creator, and interdisciplinary theatre artist. Quentin specializes in musical theatre, dance, and new works. Favorite projects include: Bridesmaids, Two Star Motel, Bonnie & Clyde, 9 to 5, and more. Quentin's work has been seen at Feinstein's/54 Below, Symphony Space, Walker Space, Dixon Place, Wild Project, WOW Café, Shapeshifter Lab, Theatre Row, HERE Arts Center, The Duo, Pace University, and throughout New Jersey including McCarter Theatre, New Jersey Repertory Theatre, Villagers Theatre, and South Brunswick School District. When not in the rehearsal room, Quentin is a producer and art administrator. As the Executive Director of The Dare Tactic, Quentin has fundraised to produce over 10 Mainstage productions, and countless workshops and readings. Quentin is currently a Production Manager at Dixon Place, and former development employee of The Drama League.
Lauren Pelaia is New York/New Jersey based singer, songwriter, composer and actor. As a singer/songwriter, Lauren released an EP, entitled March with Me, along with two singles, Try to Love You and While We Have Tonight, which are both released on Spotify and Apple Music. She has performed her original music at venues such as Prohibition NYC, Haswell Green’s, The Bitter End and more. Branching into writing for musical theatre, 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. . Most recently, she wrote original music and arrangements for Steven’s Blandino’s dance narrative entitled Bridesmaids that premiered at Symphony Space
Alex Knezevic is a Brooklyn based actor, musician, composer, and music producer. Alex received his BFA in Acting from Pace University in 2019, where he also studied Musical Theatre Writing. When he's not writing or trying to sing a falsetto harmony to whatever song is playing, Alex also freelances recording audio and producing music. Current Writing Projects: The Picher Project (Music & Lyrics, The Dare Tactic), and Murder Pass (Music & Lyrics, 54 Below). Some of Alex’s favorite performance opportunities include Dark of the Moon (Music Director, Orchestrations, Pace Performing Arts); Two Star Motel (NYC Premiere, Ryan); Blood Wedding (NYC, Leonardo).