Production Designers

Kate Ashton – Lighting Designer
Lauren Cregor – Composer
Xéna Lee – Set Artist
Naomi Luppescu – Costume Designer
Eric March – Graphic & Web Designer
Tony Marques – Lighting Designer
Elizabeth Payne – Costume Designer
Nel Shelby – Videographer

Kate Ashton (Lighting Designer) Recent design for dance includes Skybetter and Associates, James Sutton/ Anthony Ferro Dances, Jim Martin Music/Dance, Emily Harper’s Natural Dissection, Raw Delivery, Imago Dance Theatre, Ellen Stokes Shadle, Makram Hamdan, and DanceWorks. At New York University’s graduate Department of Design for Stage and Film:resident lighting designer for Second Avenue Dance Company. Theatre design includes: Death of a Salesman and The Apostle Project (Theater Mitu), Rods and Cables at 3LD, Summer and Smoke (Theatre Row), Bristol Riverside Theatre’s Summer Musicale Series, The Winter’s Tale (Columbia University), Blind Mouth Singing (NAATCO), The Danish Meditations/Slots, Girl Talk, Black Door Theatre Company. NYU: The Plough and the Stars, Moonchild. Upcoming: DR.C at 3LD with Theater Mitu. MFA, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Lauren Cregor Devine’s (Composer) music can be heard in theaters, in film, and on iTunes. She is the composer and musical director for the acclaimed off-Broadway company, Waterwell. Her work with them has garnered award nominations and a review of “Brilliant” from the New York Times. She is a member of BMI’s esteemed Musical Theater Workshop, which has produced such hits as Avenue Q and Next To Normal. Her film music has been screened across the globe, including the BFM International Festival in London. As a singer/songwriter, Lauren has released two albums and is working on her third. She has performed across the country, as well as at such beloved NYC venues as Joe’s Pub and Don’t Tell Mama’s. She has had the honor of composing for her favorite modern dance company: SYREN. Lauren received degrees from Indiana University, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), and completed her M.A. in composition from New York University. She’s been awarded Meet The Composer grants for performances and workshops with high school students.

Xéna Lee (Set Artist) is a modern painter who likes to use freedom from stylistic constraints to get to the essence of things. Her interest is in the transcendent moments of human experience. She has won several awards and has shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including in New York (SoHo and Chelsea), Scotland (Edinburgh), France (Tonneins-Unet and Paris), Italy (Modena), Spain (Barcelona), and Qatar (Doha). Her artistic vision owes much to Frank O’Cain of the Art Students League, and she is grateful to SYREN Modern Dance for making possible the power of interdisciplinary exchange.

Naomi Luppescu (Costume Designer) is a costume designer, dancer and choreographer based in NYC. She received her BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase in 2004. She studied fashion design at FIT and at the Danish Design School in Copenhagen and has since started her own costume design company, NaLu Designs. Naomi is pleased to have created costumes for companies such as Nina Winthrop and Dancers, Shen Wei Dance Arts, Murray Spalding Mandalas, and is thrilled to be working with SYREN Modern Dance.

Eric March (Graphic & Web Design) is an artist and designer living in Long Island City, New York. He has designed posters, logos and other promotional material for a number of performing arts groups, including SYREN and Waterwell Productions. Originally from Libertyville, IL, Eric came to New York in 2001 after completing his BFA in Painting at Indiana University. In 2005 Eric spent the year outside painting a la prima cityscapes of Brooklyn. This culminated in a solo show of his paintings, A Brooklyn Year, at Park Slope Gallery at the end of 2006. He is currently exploring new approaches to portraiture and continuing to design. To see more of his work, please visit his website:

Tony Marques (Lighting Designer/Technical Director) is a freelance production stage manager and lighting designer, has mainly worked in the field of dance. Last year he designed three world premieres for “The Kings of Dance,” two new works for Jennifer Tipton on The Paul Taylor Dance Company, a world premiere for Rebecca Kelly Ballet’s 25th anniversary NY season, Wendy Osserman, SYREN, and Nicholas Andre Dance Theater. He has also designed concerts for C Eule Dance at the Cunningham Studio, The Take Dance Company at Joyce SoHo, SYREN at the Ailey Citigroup Theater and Thomas-Ortiz Dance Company at DTW. Added to that, was an invitation to design an Off-Broadway Show, “Silent Cry,” at the Lion Theater, Theater Row, and another to design a Christmas show for vocalist Linda Eder at the Palace Theater on Broadway.

Elizabeth Payne (Costume Designer) is entering her 2nd decade designing costumes, some of Elizabeth’s past projects of note include (off Broadway) The/King/Operetta (Waterwell), Marco Millions…based on lies (Waterwell), The Persians- a comedy about war with 5 songs (Waterwell) and Bushwars. Dance design credits include Larry Keigwin’s Angels of Anxiety (The Duke at 42nd Street) and Natural Selection (American Dance Theatre, NC), SYREN Modern Dance’s Abravanel (The Ailey Citigroup Theater), and Peter Kyle Dance (Joyce Soho). Elizabeth holds a BA in Art and Theatre (Morehead State, KY) and an MFA in Design for Stage and Film from the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU and is currently lecturing in costume design at Susquehanna University.

Nel Shelby (Videographer) Nel Shelby, founder of Nel Shelby Productions, has a vision for dance documentation, and her many years of dance study give her an insider’s eye for capturing movement on video. Her love of wires and technology put her behind the camera over 8 years ago. Nel has held the position of videographer and for the internationally renowned Jacob’s Pillow summer Dance Festival in the Berkshires for the past six years. There she has been responsible for every aspect of documenting dance performances and festival culture, as well as managing interns and educating students about the technical and philosophical aspects of shooting dance. Her New York City Based Production company has grown to encompass a diverse list of clients. Nel holds a B.F.A. in dance and a B.S. in broadcast video. She lives in New York City with her husband and beautiful daughter Gracie.