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Straight from its world premiere at La MaMa in NYC, Hyena is an uncompromising examination of intimacy, vulnerability, and sexuality. Provocative and devilish, writer and performer Romana Soutus flirts dangerously with the dichotomy of the public and private self. This solo performance dares to reveal Soutus’ raw impulses, anxieties and desires, as she throws two fingers up to society's rigid framework of femininity. 

Director Rachel Levens weaves the lush language of Hyena through a variety of performance styles, all underscored with an original sound design by composer/sound designer Gareth Hobbs. Soutus challenges her audience to figuratively and literally unlock the beast, and reimagines the role of the audience in interactive theatre.


United solo (september/october 2016) :

'HYENA blurs every boundary that it stumbles upon... Romana soutus entrances and terrifies, relishing in creating art from what most people would rather not think about.'

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Performer and Writer

Romana Soutus is a New York based actress, playwright & producer. She graduated in May 2014 cum laude from Fordham University's prestigious Theatre Program with a focus on Performance. Romana has performed and produced in New York at the experimental theatre institution La MaMa ETC for the past 3 years; serving as a member of the Steering Committee of La MaMa’s Junior Committee, presenting both her own work and with the resident theatre company Yara Arts Group and participating in workshops with the Great Jones Repertory Company. In the summer of 2014 she traveled with La MaMa to Spoleto, Italy for La MaMa's International Director's Symposium where she worked with Belarus Free Theatre, Theatre MOTUS, Dijana Milošević of DAH Theatre and playwright Catherine Filloux.

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Rachel Levens is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA where she received her BFA in Theater with an emphasis in Original Works. Rachel is a new play director, divisor, dramaturg, and teaching artist. In New York she directed Madigan and the Magic Box written and performed by Lindsey Leonard (Dixon Place) and served as an assistant director on various premiere productions including Selma ’65  by Catherine Filloux (La MaMa) and 16 Words or less by Peggy Stafford (Clubbed Thumb). In Seattle she assistant directed with The Satori Group on reWilding and This Land is Always Known. Rachel served as the dramaturg for the literature performance piece Philadelphia and Other Stories by writer Paul Rome and composer Roarke Menzies (The Bushwick Starr) and was the assistant dramaturg on the world premiere of Stuck (Washington Ensemble Theater). Currently, Rachel volunteers as a supporting artist at CO/LAB Theater Group.  

Set Designer

JOEY MENDOZA is a regular guest artist at Fordham University's Mainstage.  He most recently designed United Front at the Flea,  Full Gallopin the Philippines and Ugly Lies the Bone directed by Jedadiah Schultz.  He has designed productions for directors Lou Moreno, Ching Valdes-Aran, Ralph Peña, Zeneida Amador, Sonoko Kawahara, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, John Bezart, Elizabeth Margid, Loy Arcenas… He currently is teaching at Fordham University’s Theater Program at Lincoln Center where he is currently designing J. T. Rogers’  White People opening this April.

Costume Designer

Lizzie Donelan is a freelance costume designer based in New York. She earned her MFA in Costume Design at Carnegie Mellon University. Most recently she designed Anton in Show Business at James Madison University, Tartuffe at The New School and Madagascar at Quantum Theatre in Pittsburgh. She was the Assistant Costume Designer on Selma '65 (La Mama),  Finding Neverland (Broadway and ART), Waitress (Upcoming Broadway Production and ART).


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Lighting Designer

Recent designs include Love Alone (Playmakers Rep), The Life Model (On the Boards), In the Blood (Theatre Horizon [Barrymore nom.], Each and Everything (Portland Center Stage, Co-design), Long Before Afterward (Vencl Dance), Lust (HERE Arts Center), Every Good Girl Deserves Fun... (Clutch Productions), An Experiment with an Air Pump and Machinal (Duke University), I am Gordafarid (Rising Circle Theatre Collective), Measure for Measure (Epic Theatre Ensemble), The Seagull (Barnard College), Sideways Stories from Wayside Schooland The Seagull(Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble), The Theater at Monmouth 2014 Repertory Season. Residencies at Tofte Lake Center at Norm's Fish Camp, and the inaugural Residency 9 at Chautauqua Theatre Company.  She received her MFA from NYU, and is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.

Composer and Musician

Gareth is a composer, musician and sound designer who has recently moved to New York City from New Zealand. While there he won the APRA award for “Best Music” at the Auckland Theater awards in 2015, and has been nominated four times for “Sound Designer of the Year” or “Outstanding Composer of Music” at the Wellington theater awards. 

Gareth has created scores and sound designs for a wide variety of theater productions including musicals, classic plays, and innovative devised works. He has also performed his original music live in several productions, including All Your Wants and Needs Fulfilled Forever, performed at La Mama’s Ellen Stewart Theater last year. Gareth is a member of The Wooster Group theater company, and continues his work on a number of audio-based theatre pieces with New Zealand company Binge Culture Collective.

Stage Manager

New York Credits: Carefully Taught, Merrily We Roll Along (APAC); Flight School (Vital Theatre Co); Brush Strokes (Thespis Festival); Pope! An Epic Musical (NYMF); Cymbeline, Loves Labour’s Lost, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Boomerang Theater); Two Bugs Are Better Than One, The Amazing Adventures of Harvey and the Princess (NYC Children’s Theater); Page2Stage 2014 (Playhouse Creatures Theatre Co.); Darkroom Series 6 - 9 (New Light Theatre Project). Los Angeles Credits: Belarusian Dream Theatre (The Global Theatre Project); Pericles, Prince of Tyre; Be Aggressive (USC School of Dramatic Arts). Graduate of the University of Southern California.


Associate Set Designer/Scenic Painter

Vincent is a sophomore studying set design at Fordham University. Fordham Design Credits: "Master Harold" ...and the Boys, Once in A Blue Moon, and The Zoo Story. Assistant Credits: The Buck, Scrapmetal/Scars, Pilot's Wings and A Story of Small Histories. Vincent also worked as a scenic painter on various productions at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Vincent would like to thank his family and friends for their endless support. Many thanks to Joey Mendoza.

Production Manager

Amy Surratt is a collaborative theatre artist specializing in directing and producing new and experimental theatre works. Her work has been featured at La MaMa, The Chocolate Factory, Access Theater, TheatreLAB RVA, the New York International Fringe Festival, and Dixon Place. She has served as Instructor of Theatre at both SUNY Westchester and Manhattanville College, and Theatre Director for the Virginia Governor's School for the Performing Arts (2014 - 2015). Amy is currentlyProducing Associate for La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club. She holds an MFA, Sarah Lawrence College, 2012. /

Illustrator and Graphic Designer

Paola is an illustrator and designer with a background in publishing and production design. She started at Artforum magazine. Lately she freelanced for several different clients both an illustrator and as a designer. Among them Tough Mudder, the NYC Ballet, Curioos, La MaMa Experimental Theater. Her whimsical style, made of loose lines and the textured quality of her pieces conveys a peculiar kind of melancholic energy, a bittersweet taste.


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