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biography

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 Blu Louis is an independent artist from New Jersey. They got their start in classical music, studying classical piano from childhood, and later joining their school orchestra as a violinist. 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.

career

Louis started producing in 2020, and has many songs in the works for release. Almost all of the music production process is done on their own, from writing, to recording, to mixing and editing.

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. Their favorite roles tend to be those that explore ambiguity of 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 recital created based on extensive research of marginalized composers. They are particularly passionate about shining light on “lost” composers and premiering new works, though they also enjoy putting my 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 my ability to pick up choreography during my time with the College Light Opera Company, where they put together a new show every week for a summer. In 2018, Gracyn was nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Featured Ensemble Member” by the Paper Mill Playhouse.

 

Their experience is largely based in theatrical and operatic performance, but they have recently started building up my film portfolio as well through student short films and their own music videos. They started Stage Combat classes and signed with Docherty Agency in 2023 for TV/Film Acting.

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