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Writing Team

Ria T. DiLullo (Director/Producer/Story)
Emily Rose Simons (Music/Lyrics)

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Ria T. DiLullo

Ria T. DiLullo (they/them) is the founder and artistic director of The Skeleton Rep(resents), a new works development and production company with a mission to Explore Modern Myth, started in 2015. Through TSR, they have produced 9 full stage shows (4 at The Tank), including “Devices of Torture” which was a Fringe 2018 Best Bet, two short play festivals (both at The Tank), 50 salons of new plays, countless readings, a 3-part pandemic film project, and a feature-length indie film, The Great Vanishing, which is set to hit the festival circuit in 2022. In addition to their work captaining TSR, Ria assisted comedian Judy Gold’s solo performance class for many years, as well as provide research, feedback, and writing support on her book “Yes I Can Say That: When They Come For The Comedians, We Are All in Trouble” (Harper Collins 2020).  Ria has been the recipient of directing residencies at The Tank, ESPA Primary Stages, MTC, and The Flea. They also hold a comprehensive certification in mat & apparatus Pilates and are working towards a certification in holistic biomechanics through the Fajardo Method of Movement. You can learn more about Ria and their work as TSR at 


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Emily Rose Simons

Emily Rose Simons is a London based composer & musical theatre writer. Composer credits include: Seven Fishes (Anatolian Film Festival), The Great Vanishing (Skeleton Rep), Fair Kind and True (CRY HAVOC Company and The Sonnet Project), The F*ck Am I Doing? (New York Musical Festival, Brighton Fringe), Wendell And Pan (The Tank NYC), “Far From Heaven” (Finalist in the Styles and Drewe Songwriting Competition) and You’re The Only One That Gets It (Bloodworks Festival, Ensemble Stage Theater, NYC). Composer-Lyricist credits include: The Repatriot (ALP Signal Concerts), The Inconvenient Miracle (The Tank NYC, University of Weston Workshop), Confessions of A Rabbi’s Daughter (The Tank NYC), “Yet” (MuseMatch at Feinstein’s 54 Below). She is an alum of the Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program at NYU, The CRY HAVOC Company apprenticeship program and Book, Music, Lyrics workshops in London. She is currently a participant in the Advance Mercury Musical Developments Lab. 



Emily Claire Schmitt

As a playwright, Emily Claire Schmitt focuses primarily on questions of gender and sexuality within Catholicism. Her play The Chalice was produced as a collaboration between the historic Stonewall Inn and Xavier Theatre, a Jesuit theater company. It tells the story of a gay man who receives a controversial religious relic from his estranged father. Her play Whatchamacallit was produced by The Skeleton Rep in 2016. The comedy, which grapples with issues of consent, sexuality, and faith, has since been developed into an original musical titled The Inconvenient Miracle. (Music by Emily Rose Simons, Story with Ria T. DiLullo). Other theatrical work includes Absolution (recipient of the Xavier Theatre Virtual Play Grant) and Confessional (Skeleton Rep 2018 Salon Series.)


TV credits include Raise a Glass to Love (story and teleplay, 2021) and Beverly Hills Wedding (teleplay 2021), both on The Hallmark Channel. Schmitt is currently developing two horror scripts, both dealing with aspects of religion. She is also the Show Runner for Skeleton Rep’s anthology webseries and short film project The Great Vanishing.


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