Illuminati Lizards from Outer Space

Music and Lyrics by Yuri Worontschak, Book and Lyrics by Paul Western-Pittard

When beauty-pageant contestant,Tina Lyons is cheated out of her rightful place in the finale of a Ms Beautiful World competition, she admits herself into the Savra Wellness Centre for Spiritual and Mental Wellbeing to rebalance her life. Little does she know she’s accidentally checked-in to a top-secret operation run by Illuminati- lizard Overlords on a mission to colonize the planet. As it tracks the rise, fall, then rise again of Tina we're left wondering how we would react if we had the chance to get everything we ever wanted.


Runtime: 90 minutes with no intermission.

Paul Western-Pittard

Paul Western-Pittard (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Paul is a writer with a focus on both weird comedy and the darker spaces of the human psyche.
He’s also found that both these things go hand in hand…
He’s written and script-edited episodic television, published three novels and has an animated full-
length feature film currently in development. Writer/Producer credits include: The Mob
Downunder - 26eps, Wakkaville - 26eps, Li’l Larrikins - 6eps. Sole Writer credits include Get Ace -
11eps. Line Producer Credits The Day My Butt Went Psycho - 80eps.
Paul’s novels include Jan and the Spooky Periscope Incident where shortly after launch the novella
ranked inside the top 100 comedy ebooks worldwide on, the psychological thrillers,
Unbeliever, Undreamed, and Lethe Rising.

Yuri Worontschak

Yuri Worontschak (Music and Lyrics)

Yuri has three musicals in production. Margaret Fulton was staged in Melbourne and Sydney (2018). Bondi High will be staged in Sydney in October and Illuminati Lizards was read in 2018 at NYMF and will be a full production in 2019 in New York.
Yuri has toured the world as composer with productions of “Outer Sink” and Circus Oz.  He has awards for composition (APRA/ AMEB), production (ARIA), engineering (Ampex Gold Reel) and Film Score (AFI). His production of Anthony Warlow’s first two albums went double platinum.
Screen Credit’s include: Love the Beast (Eric Bana), Take Away (Rose Byrne), and The Mao Game (Kirsty Alley and Piper Laurie), Big Girls Blouse (Kath and Kim), AFI Awards (Hugh Jackman), The Agony Series (Ronnie Chieng), Sit Down Shut Up and Fast Forward (Magda Szubanski). It Runs in the Family (Michael and Kirk Douglas), Empire Falls (Philip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Newman), Shiner (Michael Caine), the Sydney Olympics and Paralympics, Neighbours, Nijinski (Derek Jacobi), The Fine Art of Love (Jaqueline Bisset) and Comedy Festival Gala (Terry Jones).

Joey Murray

Joey Murray (Director)

Murray is a New York City based theatre, concert and music video director whose work has been seen at performing art centers, regional theaters and arenas all over the United States and China.  This season marks his fifth production at NYMF, where last summer he directed the world premiere of ’68: A New American Musical.  Selected directing credits include: Medicine The Musical at Here Arts Center; Hair (50th Anniversary Production) at Pentangle Arts; Godspell at ArtisTree’s Grange Theatre; Cabaret at Pentangle Arts; The Mystery of Edwin Drood at Fordham University; the regional tour and Queens Theatre production of Polkadots: The Musical; and Holidays at the Hard Rock! featuring renowned artist Linda Eder at Hard Rock Arena.  He served as Interim Artistic Director for Jenny Wiley Theatre, eastern Kentucky’s longest operating professional theatre, where he directed numerous reimagined productions, including Disney’s Tarzan, Footloose, Oliver!, and The Robber Bridegroom, among many others.  Murray served as Associate Director for the Broadway-bound production of CAN-CAN at Paper Mill Playhouse, and has been resident director for The Broadway Dolls, an award-winning concert experience featuring a cast of the most in-demand women on Broadway.  He is a music video and creative director for Element Music, an NYC-based entertainment company featuring some of the music industry’s leading musicians.  He is a regular guest lecturer, coach and panelist at numerous New York studios.  Murray is a graduate of Catholic University, and an associate member of SDC. 

Katherine Roarty

Katherine Roarty (Choreographer)

Katherine Roarty, BFA in Dance and Business from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Choreography credits include: We Are The Tigers (Off Broadway), Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (Assistant Choreographer), Shaken Not Stirred, GMA Icona Pop, Littlest Christmas Tree (ASsistant Director/Choreo). She is a co-founding member of MinuteZero, an immersive theater company in NYC. Performance credits include: Hairspray Live (Kooks), La Traviata (MET Opera), Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (Swing), Queen of the Night, Katy Perry (MET Gala/Grammy's), Flashdance National Tour and Rock of Ages (NCL).

Jess Gersz

Jess Gersz (Costume Design)

Jess Gersz (Costume Designer) enjoys all opportunities to work on a wide range of projects. From strip shows to theme parks, Jess is always looking for new adventures with costumes. Recent highlights include productions with Inside Broadway, Troika Entertainment, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, NETworks Productions, BC/EFA, Axis Theatre Company, Cliplight Theatre, LA! Arts High School and Prospect Theatre Company. 



Lisa Renkel

Lisa Renkel (Projection Design)

Lisa is a projection designer based in NYC. New York: The Revolving Cycles … Steadily Roll’d (The Duke), Emojiland The Musical (Theatre Row), Broadway Bares 28 & 29 (Broadway Cares), She Persisted (Sheen Center), Village Orpheus (Wild Project), Regional: Merrily We Roll Along (Cape Rep Theatre), Learn to Speak Doll (Peppercorn Theatre). Associate designs: Broadway: JUNK (Lincoln Center), Ruben and Clay’s Christmas Show (Imperial Theatre), Off-Broadway: The Stone Witch (Westside Theatre Upstairs). Regional: How to Succeed… (Kennedy Center). Music: Ariana Grande – Sweetener (World Tour & Coachella Headline), Childish Gambino (Coachella Headline) Lady Gaga – Enigma (Las Vegas Park MGM). UNC School of the Arts. USA Local 829.

Rider Q. Stanton (Sound Design)

Rider Q. Stanton (Sound Designer). Theatre credits include: The Shubert Theatre and the Acorn Theatre in nYC; Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY; Weston Playhouse in Weston, VT; Berkshire Theatre Group in Pittsfield, MA; Arizona Broadway Theatre in Phoenix, AZ; ArtisTree Music Theatre Festival in South Pomfret, VT; Pentangle Arts in Woodstock, VT; Playhouse on Park in West Hartford, CT; d’Arts et de Reves in Sutton, Quebec and Cirque Starlight in Porruntruy, Switzerland. Many thanks to Joey for this fun opportunity!

Daryl Eisenberg & Ally Beans (Casting Director)

EISENBERG/BEANS CASTING: Daryl Eisenberg, CSA & Ally Beans, CSA. Casting for theatre, film, television, and new media. Highlights include...Broadway: Gettin’ The Band Back Together. Off-Broadway: Baghdaddy, Bedlam's Pygmalion, Cherry Lane's Mentor Project, The Anthem, Around…80 Days, Altar Boyz, and more. Regional/Other: Heartbreak Hotel (Broadway in Chicago), Folger Theatre, Bedlam’s Saint Joan/Hamlet on tour, Dallas Theater Center, Norwegian Cruise Line, Ivoryton Playhouse, Tenors of Rock, New York Theatre Barn, Davenport Reading Series, countless NYMF/Fringe. Film: Hands That Bind, The Latin From Manhattan,The Miseducation of Bindu, Summertime Dropouts, A Case of Blue, Cheerleader. TV: Timberwood, Mulligan. New Media: Limetown (Apple Podcasts).

Seth Betzler (Assistant Stage Manager)

Seth Betzler (Assistant Stage Manager) Broadway: Children of a Lesser God, Deaf West's Spring Awakening. . National Tours: Jersey Boys ('17-'18). Off-Broadway: Skintight (Roundabout), X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation (The Acting Co.), Travisville (Ensemble Studio Theatre), The Climb (Cherry Lane Theatre), Pushkin (The Sheen Center). New York: Language of Angels (The New School). Regional: The Last Five Years (WMPAC), The New World (Bucks County Playhouse). Actually, Curse of The Starving Class, The Rose Tattoo, & Romance Novels for Dummies all at The Williamstown Theatre Festival. Opera: p r i s m (Beth Morrison Projects / LA Opera, Prototype),The Rape of Lucretia (New Camerata Opera).

Lena Wood (Producer Rep / GM Intern)

Lena Wood (Producer Rep / GM Intern) is excited to be working with the Illuminati Lizards from Outer Space team on her first professional theater production. She currently a Sophomore at Michigan State University studying Media and Information with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. In her spare time Lena enjoys going to the theater, golf and ballroom dancing.

Alison R. Simone (Production Stage Mananger)

Alison R. Simone (Production Stage Manager): Off Broadway: The Onassis Festival, Under the Radar Festival, Mother of the Maid, Othello (The Public), Curse of the Starving Class (Signature Theater Company), ’68 (NYMF), Witness (Playwrights Realm). Events: Kiss Me, Kate Benefit Reading (Roundabout Theater Company), Broadway Backwards, Red Bucket Follies, Gypsy of the Year (BC/EFA), Heels on Wheels (Stage 48), Roundabout Spring 2017 Gala (Roundabout Theater Company); Regional: Baskerville, Bye Bye Birdie, Crazy for You, Funny Girl, The Graduate, The Little Mermaid, Madagascar: A Musical Adventure, Newsies; MFA Columbia University; Proud AEA member.

Carl Tallent (Scenic Design)

Carl Tallent (set designer) is happy to reunite with the illustrious Joey Murray after having designed last year’s sensational ‘68 at NYMF, as well as also collaborating with Joey on several shows with Artistree and Pentangle Arts in Woodstock VT. Recent NYC credits include SISTER ACT and SHREK for Broadway Workshop and ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE for Inside Broadway. Carl was also recently the principle corpse painter for Broadway’s GARY, is a window dresser at Bergdorf Goodman, and a teaching artist with Roundabout Theatre Company. He is happy to finally join his passion for theatre and lizards into one.

Wayne Bryant (AUS Video Designer)

Wayne Bryant is a super-versatile illustrator/designer/artist who’s proficient in most mediums, including television, advertising, film and book illustration. His style ranges from realistic to cartoonish, from serious to humorous, from fine art to windswept. He’s created 3D and 2D animations and loves the latest technology, but also maintains his traditional skills. He lives in Melbourne with his wife, two children and pet dog.

Dani Spieler

Dani Spieler (Tina)

DANI SPIELER Broadway: A Bronx Tale, Cats, Chicago, Legally Blonde. National Tours: Cabaret, Elf, West Side Story, Flashdance. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Marriott Theatre, Houston TUTS, Goodspeed. Film/TV: Are You Joking?, That’s What She Said, Sas & Jake, The Battery’s Down. BFA: UMich - Go Blue! Thanks: Cory, Mom & Dad, 44WEST, ILFOS team!

Brian Charles Rooney

Brian Charles Rooney (David The Janitor)

Broadway: Lucy Brown in "The Threepenny Opera" (The Roundabout Theatre Co.); Winner of The Kurt Weill Foundation's Lys Symonette Award for Dramatic Excellence.
Off-Broadway: Dionne Salon in the hit musical, "Bedbugs!!!" He has won 3 NYMF Outstanding Performance Awards: "Bedbugs!!!," "Bayonets of Angst," and "Miss Blanche Tells It All." OTHER: “I Am Harvey Milk," with Kristin Chenoweth (Lincoln Center); "Guys & Dolls,” starring Nathan Lane & Megan Mullally (Carnegie Hall). IG: @briancharlesrooney &

Celia Mei Rubin (Female Muse)

Broadway: Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812; Matilda. West End: Parade; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Candide. National Tours: Chicago, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, Miss Saigon. Regional: Waterfall (5th Avenue Theatre/Pasadena Playhouse); Paradise Square (Berkeley Repertory Theatre). @celia_mei

Emily Cramer

Emily Cramer (Overlord)

Broadway: Mary Poppins, Les Miserables (2014 OBC), School of Rock (OBC). Tour: Mary Poppins, Shrek the Musical (First National). TV: “Law and Order SVU.” Animation: “Pokemon Sun and Moon Ultra Adventures,” “YuGiOh VRAINS,” “The Winx Club.” IG: @emily.cramer

Tom Deckman

Tom Deckman (Klaus)

BROADWAY: Monty Python’s SPAMALOT; GOOD VIBRATIONS. Other NY: THE MERRY WIDOW (MET Opera); SOUTH PACIFIC (Carnegie Hall); BYE BYE, BIRDIE (Encores!); DEAD MAN WALKING (NYCO). Regional: Fulton Theater, Two River Theater, Goodspeed Opera House, Orpheum Theater (SF), Denver Theater Center, Bay Street Theatre. TV: Sex and the City; Law & Order: SVU; Blue Bloods; Bull; Hope & Faith. Other NYMF: Goin’ Down Swingin’ (Best Ensemble Award); Arnie The Doughnut (Best Actor Award).