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Our Mission  

The creative team behind Our Modern Lives is dedicated to challenging our conceptions about the way we relate to each other through technology using theatre, dance and song. We've assembled an extraordinary and talented team of writer, director and actors to bring Lives to life. Every member of the cast and crew has sacrificed their time, talent and artistry to make sure that Our Modern Lives gets the recognition it deserves. Following a smash hit world premiere on the college stage, Our Modern Lives has no place else to go but the Great White Way itself, Broadway, the theatre district of New York City. Help us make our dream a reality, and bring this show that's meant so much to us to the big stage.

"Just as it was in Shakespeare Times / So is it now, in our modern lives"

Get to Know the Cast and Crew

Jacob Osbourne, Writer and Conciever

A natural born thespian, Jacob has spent his life dedicating his talents to the bard's business – live theatre, on the stage. In this daring new work, Jacob raises questions about technology and the importance of recognizing the real, the physical, and the sensual. He owes thanks to the entire "Our Modern Lives" team, his mentor (legendary actor Godfrey L. Simmons-Junior), and the many performers throughout the history of drama who have paved the way for this production. 

Learn more about Jacob: http://ourmodernlives.com/#jacob 

Learn more about "Our Modern Lives": http://ourmodernlives.com

Tanya Richkine, Lead Actress

Tanya mainly expresses her artistry through the medium of photography, but she effortlessly provides the rawness and realness required for acting this complex part, without even trying. As an avid fan of nostalgia, Tanya identifies with the play's themes of exploring the human experience of the past and longing for days gone by. She's ready to take "Lives" to Broadway and show the world, through uninhibited art and unceasing creative expression, exactly who Tanya Richkine is. 

Learn more about Tanya: http://ourmodernlives.com/#tanya 

Learn more about "Our Modern Lives": http://ourmodernlives.com

Jillian Siegel-Gertz, Director

Jillian has always felt at home in positions of control, whether in staging theatrical productions, maintaining friendships, or touching lives on the coast of Brazil. Despite her high energy directorial style, Jillian remains easygoing, fun-loving and, above all, likable. She'd like to thank Jack Shaw – the light of her life, the wind beneath her wing, the gay Will.i.am to her Fergie – who helped clarify her vision as a director and purpose as a human being. And to the amazingly talented cast and crew of OML, Jillian would like to share a common Brazilian expression of thanks: "Vai para a puta que te pariu!" 

Learn more about Jillian: http://ourmodernlives.com/#jillian 

Learn more about "Our Modern Lives": http://www.ourmodernlives.com

Jack Shaw, Producer

Success runs in Jack's blood, or at least in his adopted lineage. A child star turned renaissance man, Jack carefully splits his time between creative, business, and personal pursuits, while also serving as college council president. He has learned to manage his responsibilities like a tightrope walker balances on a wire – which Jack also learned to do after just one trip to the circus. Jack knows the value of a dollar, and he's certain he can turn these millions of donations into Broadway billions. 

Learn more about Jack: http://ourmodernlives.com/#jack 

Learn more about "Our Modern Lives": ourmodernlives.com

Paul Packer, Composer

Paul may seem like just a chill guy, but don't judge a book by its cover. It's not that Paul isn't a chill guy – he's the acting president of Alpha Delta, one-eighth of Pitch Perfect Glee, an awesome DJ. But he also has another side. In this way, he's sort of like Bruce Wayne from The Dark Knight, or Harvey Dent, also from The Dark Knight. Or maybe Tyler Durden from Fight Club. For "Our Modern Lives," Paul got in touch with this other part of himself, a deep and sensitive side, and writing OML's breathtaking music was, without a doubt, the second best feeling he's ever felt in his entire life. He's psyched to take "Our Modern Lives" to Broadway and wants to give a shout out to his crew, the Tan Boys. Without their support, he'd be nothing. 

Learn more about Paul: http://ourmodernlives.com/#paul 

Learn more about "Our Modern Lives": ourmodernlives.com

Risks and challenges

Getting a show to the Broadway takes a lot of work. There are only a handful of Broadway theaters, and they only take the best. And while our performers will no doubt be stars within the coming years, we don't really have a "big Hollywood name" to put up on the marquee. Sure, it's easy to get discouraged, but we feel we're more than qualified to overcome the challenges. The original production was met with near universal acclaim for our schoolmates, families, and friends. Our cast and crew already perform at a professional level, and we only expect this professionalism to grow in our transition to the world's greatest performance venue. Above all, we feel the material speaks for itself. The "big star" of "Our Modern Lives" is "Our Modern Lives" – the story, the message, the spirit. So, friends, while this may seem like a difficult journey, we know that "Our Modern Lives" will very soon grace the Broadway stage, the place where it belongs.

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    We're flattered! For your show of support, you'll receive the entire Original Cast Recording of "Our Modern Lives," mastered for iTunes by DJ Pauly Rhythm (composer Paul Packer).

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