Between the Sea and Sky

Book, Music and Lyrics by Luke Byrne

A girl wanders off, down to the water's edge...

Sam and Emily are sisters on holiday at the beach where they stumble upon a tragic chapter of local history, one that has left behind a lingering mystery. As the girls uncover the details of the story, it pulls them into deeper waters. "Between the Sea and Sky" is an original Australian musical about our fascination with the ocean and fear of its power.

Running Time: 120 minutes

The Acorn Theatre @ Theatre Row

Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Luke is a musical director and performer whose credits include Muriel’s Wedding, Chimerica (Sydney Theatre Company); Hamlet, The Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, The Events (Sydney Festival and Belvoir St Theatre); Big Fish (Hayes Theatre). Luke has composed for ensembles including the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Gondwana Choirs and Sydney Philharmonia. Luke’s music has a preoccupation with the Australian landscape and history. Between the Sea and Sky is his first musical.

Michael Bello

Michael Bello (Director)

Michael is a Cuban-American director of musical theater. Current: Assistant Director, SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical on Broadway. NYMF: Errol & Fidel (5 Awards for Excellence, Show-Score Best of Fest winner), The Last Word, What Do Critics Know? (2 awards, highest grossing show of 2015). The LA Ovation Awards, NY Innovative Theater Awards and Boston’s IRNE Awards have recognized his work. Assisting: La Jolla Playhouse, Dallas Theater Center, Huntington, among others.

Jim Cooney

Jim Cooney (Choreographer)

Select Credits: Sweet Charity (Michael Rupert, director), Broadway Bares (Jerry Mitchell, director), ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (featuring Kristin Chenoweth), Tableaux (Holland America Line), and Here Be Dragons (Vineyard Theatre). Previous NYMF: The Time Machine and Wikimusical (featuring Brenda Braxton). Next: Directing Broadway Under the Stars for Transcendence Theater Company.

Elizabeth Doran

Elizabeth Doran (Music Director)

Elizabeth Doran is a New York based pianist and music director. Music team work includes- Broadway: Mean Girls, Tuck Everlasting, Allegiance, Les Misérables. Off-Broadway: Sweet Charity (The New Group). Chicago: Goodman, Court, Porchlight, Timeline, Griffin, and Boho. Proud Northwestern graduate.

Joshua Warner

Joshua Warner (Scenic Designer)

Joshua Warner is an award-winning scenic designer for theatre, film, and television and is excited to be returning to NYMF this summer! Full time staff & adjunct lecturer of Scenic Design at York College. BFA: Emerson College. For more, visit

Heather Carey

Heather Carey (Costume Design)

Heather has designed costumes for theater, dance, tv & film, with this being her 2nd NYMF show. She has designed off-Broadway, off-off-Broadway, and regionally, including The Snowy Day (St. Luke's Theatre), The Dudley's: A Family Game (The Loading Dock) and Marathon: Series A (EST). She has assisted on a variety of projects ranging from live television to opera, Broadway to feature films. She received her MFA in Costume Design from Brandeis

Isabella Byrd

Isabella Byrd (Lighting Design)

Recent: The Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (NewYork TheatreWorkshop), Artney Jackson (Williamstown), Lady Day at Emerson's... (Portland CenterStage), Plano (ClubbedThumb). Do You Feel Anger?, God Said This (HumanaFest 2018) and Angels in America (co-design); all at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Everybody (Juilliard), Sundown Yellow Moon (ArsNova/WP). Upcoming: People's Light, Playwright Horizons, Primary Stages, and MTC.

Josh Liebert

Josh Liebert (Sound Design)


Paula R. Clarkson

Paula R. Clarkson (Stage Manager)

PAULA R. CLARKSON is thrilled to be involved with her first show with NYMF. Some favorite credits include: Assassins (Yale Repertory Theatre), Jesus Hopped the “A” Train (Signature Theatre Company) Cowboy Bob (Yale Institute for Music Theatre), Everything The Never Happened (The Playwrights Realm) and Untitled Narcissister Project (Sundance Theatre Lab). Education: Ithaca College. Yale School of Drama.