Join us for a weekend of workshops, featuring *Cassandra* by Kassie Rivera, and *Strings Attached: In Concert*, a new musical by Jefferson Lind and music by Althea Li and Adrian Lo. *Cassandra* is a one-act, student-written play, adapted from the Trojan myth of the prophet Cassandra. *Strings Attached: In Concert*, also student-written, is adapted from the 2011 movie musical *The Muppets*.

Cassandra by Kassie Rivera, directed by Kassie Rivera


Lekha Masoudi (Cassandra) is a second-year Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major. Her past credits include Antigone (Chorus) and Antony and Cleopatra (Assistant Director). She is also involved with the Phoenix Sustainability Initiative and is an editor for Firebird Magazine and Animus Classics Journal. Lekha would like to thank the amazing Cassandra team and her family and friends for their support.

Jalen Sutton (Apollo) is a third-year GNSE and TAPS major. They have previously been featured in Cirque de la Mort: A High-Flying Murder Mystery (The Maid) and the 2023 Winter Dance Showcase (Ensemble).

Production Staff

Kassie Rivera (Director) is a third-year Psychology major and only does theater as a hobby because she has a deep-seated dislike of theater kids (yes, that includes herself). They wrote this play because their name is Kassandra (wow narcissist much?) and they’re super excited/nervous for people to see it. They’d like to thank their cast for watching 50% off, even though it has nothing to do with this show, and they’d like to thank the Greek gods for being chaotic and awful most of the time (also, no she’s never read Percy Jackson). Anyway, enjoy the show :)

Laura Tutondele Mahaniah (Choreographer) is a fourth-year undergraduate studying Theater and Performance Studies and Linguistics. She has worked on a variety of University Theater, TAPS, Cup of Theater, Dance Council, and Hyde Park Community Player productions. Some of her favorite credits include The Physicists on Silks (Director/production manager), Marian, or the True Tale of Robin Hood (Will Scarlett/Fight Captain), and the 2022-23 TAPS Dance Showcase. Ongoing projects include assisting Julia Rhoads on the TAPS dance program; acting in The Wolves (going up the weekend of November 3rd…); and advertising Cup of Theater’s weekly artist studios (Fridays, 4-6, Bartlett Lounge, you should totally come…). Email: Instagram: @lauratutondele

Steele Citrone (Stage Manager)

Yifan (Megan) Zhao (Scenic/Props/Costumes Designer) is a fourth-year Astrophysics major and TAPS minor. She previously worked on Theater[24] (Director) and The Light (assistant production manager).

Will Rehmus (Sound/Lighting Designer)

Strings Attached: In Concert by Jefferson Lind, Adrian Lo, and Althea Li, directed by Jefferson Lind


Nathalie Lam (Walt)

Ryan Cairns (Jason) is a silly little third-year that is majoring in silly little Political Science & Human Rights. She previously has worked on a lot of other silly little shows. She hopes you enjoy her silly little singing and loves her silly little friends.

Katy Yeh (Amy) is a second-year student, and she’s so excited to be in this production of Strings Attached! She has previously worked on Perfect Match (Katie) with UT, and has also done shows before college. She is so grateful for her family, friends, and everyone who has worked so hard to create this musical. She hopes you enjoy the show!

Production Staff

Jefferson Lind (Director)

Surya Chinnappa (Vocal Director) is a second-year Linguistics and Cognitive Science major. He has previously worked with UT on Be More Chill (Jake), Theater[24] Winter ‘23 (Actor), and has an eponymous solo vocal/instrumental music project. In his free time, he enjoys hiding origami in various spots around campus.

Adrian Lo (Music Director) is a 4th year Music and Comp Sci major.

Althea Li (Choreographer) is a 4th-year Music and Statistics double major, and the choreographer on Strings Attached: In Concert. She is very excited to finally bring Strings Attached to the stage in Weekend of Workshops. Along with Strings Attached, Althea is also working on Falsettos (Choreographer), going up in the winter.

Elaine Liang (Stage Manager) is a fourth-year Philosophy and Allied Fields (Biological Sciences) major and Chemistry minor. She has previously worked on The Laramie Project (Assistant Costume Designer) and Be More Chill (Assistant Stage Manager).

Belle Nahoom (Scenic/Props/Costumes Designer) is a third-year Theater and Performance Studies and Data Science major. Her previous theatre credits with UT include The Heirs (ASM), Marian (ASM), The Intruder Workshop (Costume Designer), Scientific Method (Costume Designer), Macbeth in Space (Hair & Makeup), Queen of Spades Workshop (SM & PM), The Laramie Project (SM Collective™), the B.A. Thesis, Yivdak (Jared), 12th Night (Hair & Makeup), Be More Chill (Costume Designer), as well as the upcoming production (Winter Quarter) of Falsettos (Costume Designer). She is also capocomico of the Commedia Dell’Arte improv troupe on campus.

Kayla Bock (Sound/Lighting Designer)

Workshops Production Staff

Eleni Lefakis (Production Manager) is a third-year TAPS and Data Science double-major. Her Workshop credits are The Heirs (Costume Designer) and Ah Wing and The Automaton Eagle (Assistant Stage Manager), both from Autumn 2021. She has 8 UT MainStage credits and is currently working on The Taming of the Shrew (Stage Manager) and Falsettos (Dramaturg). She’d like to express her love and admiration for everyone on workshops who put together such good performances in so little time, and especially for Kassie, Jeff, Althea, and Adrian for being the masterminds behind the awesome material that comprises this production!

Emma Linderman (UT Committee Liaison)