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With a background in theatre, opera, film, music production, and instrumental performance, Gracyn Blu Louis is a multi-faceted performer that doesn't fit into one box. A gender-nonconforming actor, musician, songwriter, producer, and sound designer, they are inspired to create in a variety of mediums. They are a trailblazer in the performance world—a nonconformist, a genre-and-gender bender.

early life

Gracyn got their start in classical music, studying piano and violin.They taught themself guitar and ukulele, and started writing their own music as a teenager while acting in local theatre productions. They completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University in Opera Performance, with minors in Music Technology, Drama, and Music Education. They also earned a K-12 Music Education Teaching Certificate.


Gracyn began creating the moment they touched a piano at 5 years old. Since then, they’ve been on a journey to satisfy their perpetual need to make art.
A genre-and-gender bender, Gracyn doesn’t fit in one box. While continuing their piano studies for over a decade, they taught themself a myriad of other instruments, from violin to electric guitar. They study a variety of musical genres, even becoming an award-winning opera singer at 21 years old.
While Gracyn has been writing their own music since childhood, it wasn’t until earning a bachelor’s degree in classical performance that they realized their need to seriously pursue it: “Production and songwriting fulfill creative needs unlike any forms of music performance I’ve done. I’m finally not recreating and interpreting someone else’s work. Production and songwriting is completely mine from the moment of a song’s inception to the moment of its completion.”
Gracyn’s history of mental health struggles informs much of their songwriting. Their music is described as having “introspective nuances” (Rádio Armazém) and a “cinematic feel” (It’s All Indie). A sole writer, producer, and engineer, Gracyn is meticulous in their manipulation of sound in every step of the process.
In addition to their passion for audio production, they are passionate about the visual elements of music. Created in collaboration with Olav Carter, their music video for “it’s cold outside (i love you)” is featured on Vevo’s “Incoming Indie” list.


In the realm of opera, they have performed in a wide variety of productions, from leading the academic premiere of a techno-noir opera by Kamala Sankaram at CMU, to the classic Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus at the College Light Opera Company. They have performed as a vocalist in various professional choirs, such as the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, and opera companies, such as Pittsburgh Festival Opera and the College Light Opera Company. They love roles that are ambiguous in physicality and gender. Some other highlights of their operatic experience include two consecutive Encouragement Awards granted by the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition, and the production of a chamber recital with all marginalized composers/librettists. They are particularly passionate about shining light on “lost” composers and premiering new works, though they also enjoy putting their own twist on a classic production.


In theatre, they have done a variety of productions ranging from Shakespeare to Cole Porter. They have studied Chekhov, Stanislavski, and Meisner methods, and typically find their own characters at the intersection of these philosophies. They took a few years of dance classes and really honed their ability to pick up choreography while performing with the College Light Opera Company.


Their experience is largely based in theatrical and operatic performance, but they have recently started building up a film portfolio. In 2023, they started Stage Combat classes and signed with Docherty Agency.

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