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This work has been developed with Creative Associates under the umbrella of 5DMEDIALAB, LLC

Book, Lyrics + Music – Leonard Dolivio Cetrangolo

Additional Music – Associate Composer Spencer Teeter

Interim Arrangements – Gary Adler

Creative Partner + Artistic Advisor – David Silverman

Script Consultants – Felirene Bongolan and Patricia Cotter

Race + Gender Authenticity Advisor – Dr. Kathleen Tarr

Complex Trauma + Dissociative Identity Advisor – Dr. H L Schwartz



Book, Lyrics & Music


Arts Activist

Dramaturg & Consultant

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Leonard is an interdisciplinary writer, director, and visual artist.


His commitment to advocacy for victims who've suffered the harms and psychological dilemmas presented in IMAGINARY GIRL is rooted in his unusual childhood in rural Vermont (where he attended one-room-school-houses with both his brothers in-the-same-room).


He was born into a multi-ethnic-immigrant-family with a legacy of transgenerational-trauma-and-poverty whose malevolent patriarch cruelly manipulated family members to act-out physical and psychological abuses on the others − forms of “brainwashing gaslighting, and puppeting” central to this play's story.  


In spite of these challenges, he is first member of his family to attend college (not one of his four grandparents attended high school). He self-financed his studies at Parsons School of Design, focusing on drawing, painting, and design. He then received a full merit scholarship to NYU/Tisch, where he studied writing and directing, and graduated magna cum laude with top awards.



Leonard is known for his rare ability to craft tight story structures and synthesize them with his compelling visual narratives. He has performed uncredited, work-for-hire screenwriting for Oscar-winning director JOHN SCHLESINGER (featuring MADONNA, RUPERT EVERETT, and PAUL GIAMATTI), and Oscar-nominated director LASSE HALLSTRÖM (with GENA ROWLANDS, ROBERT DUVALL, and JULIA ROBERTS).


Leonard has co-written a TV pilot commissioned by executive producer and director ROLAND EMMERICH (which was not produced) and co-ghost-authored the adaptation of a PHILIP K. DICK novel, "The Second Variety," into the feature film "Screamers" (which was produced).


WRITER-DIRECTOR of Award-Winning Film:

With his own short film, The Paris Crystal, which aired on SHOWTIME for several years and received national and international awards.


VISUAL STORYTELLER / DESIGNER – Production Designer + Art Director:

Leonard has created concert stage sets for musicians such as LOU REED, JAMES BROWN, and DAVID BOWIE; music video sets for THE RAMONES and JOAN JETT; as well as designing album cover environments for artists such as STING and GEORGE MICHAEL.



Leonard has also worked as a Story Architect for the award-winning game company LudInc in Berlin, Germany. He received the $25,000 FIRST PLACE PRIZE in the BearingPoint Innovation Award international competition for his concept and design of an original knowledge-banking system.


Leonard is the co-founder and creative director of 5DMEDIALAB, and lives with his husband in San Francisco.

IMAGINARY GIRL was conceived while working as the lead editor of The Alchemy of Wolves and Sheep * by Dr. H. L. Schwartz. This book made a significant contribution to the psychotherapy literature illuminating “brainwashing” “internalized perpetration” and “identification with the aggressor” along with other ways trauma victims are manipulated into betraying their own moral limits.

( * Winner of the 2017 international Sandor Ferenczi Prize awarded by 

The Intl Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation [SST&D]; 

Routledge, 2013 ) 

Associate Composer

& Additional Music


Spencer released his first solo album as a teenager. Several songs from his follow-up albums have charted on Canadian radio and continue to receive airplay. In addition to his own music career, Spencer has worked as a co-songwriter with other recording artists. He has also performed professionally as an actor in Canadian and American indie films and a US television series, as well as in American national TV commercials. As a key contributor to IMAGINARY GIRL, Spencer merges indie rock with poignant storytelling in order to capture the attention of audiences who may not normally be drawn to traditional musical theater.

Interim Arranger

& Interim Music Director 

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Gary was the Music Director of AVENUE Q (*Best Musical - TONY AWARD WINNER) for all six years of its Broadway run. He arranged the dance music for the Jimmy Buffett’s Broadway musical, ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE. Gary received two 2005 Drama Desk nominations as the co-writer of the music and lyrics for the Off-Broadway hit ALTAR BOYZ.  Other New York playing/conducting credits include THE FANTASTICKS, IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU, NUNSENSE, URINETOWN, HAIRSPRAY & KINKY BOOTS.

Creative Partner

& Artistic Advisor

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David has performed in professional theatre, television, radio and films. His debut stage performance was at the age of six in a community theater in Detroit.


His feature film work has included scenes performed with SIGOURNEY WEAVER and HOLLY HUNTER (COPYCAT, 1995); EDDIE MURPHY (METRO, 1997); and WILL SMITH (PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS [sic], 2006).


As a fine art painter he has had various solo and group exhibitions in Los Angeles and San Francisco, most notably inclusion in two juried group shows at The de Young Museum: A TRIBUTE TO GILBERT AND GEORGE (2008); and WARHOL AND BEYOND (2009).


He is a featured contributing artist in the internationally acclaimed book SAN FRANCISCO STREET ART: MISSION MURALISMO that documents three decades of the artistic, social, and political forces that shaped the San Francisco street art movement (Abrams, 2009).

For the past 35 years, Fe has been the Principal Dramaturg for Rhodessa Jones’s award-winning & internationally recognized “THE MEDEA PROJECT: Theater for Incarcerated Women.” An arts program using THEATER AS A VEHICLE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE.  The Medea Project methodology reinterprets Ancient Myth for the present day, (Persephone in the case of Imaginary Girl) and places the woman at the center of her own story.

Consultant on Race &

Gender Representation

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Kathleen  is a Harvard Law School graduate and former human & civil rights attorney. She lectures at STANFORD UNIVERSITY on race and gender representation in The entertainment industry, including her series "Bias and The Business of Show."

She works closely with the team to identify improved methods for incorporating socio-political issues of class, race, inequality, advocacy, and activism – with consideration for the narrative’s use of moral ambiguity, and its use of “charged” historical verbatim language.


& Script Consultant

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Patricia Cotter (dramaturg, dramatist and librettist) is the recipient of the EMMY AWARD, The RICHARD RODGERS AWARD for musical theater, the Ovation Award & Garland Award, as well as a WGA AWARD. Her work has been produced in Theatre works 17th Annual New Works Festival; The Actors Theatre of Louisville; Humana Festival; Chicago’s Jackalope Theatre; The Vineyard Theatre, among many others. She has been a FINALIST at the 2016 O’NEILL NATIONAL PLAYWRIGHTS CONFERENCE, and was a SEMI-FINALIST AT the 2018 O’NEILL NATIONAL PLAYWRIGHTS CONFERENCE.

Psychological Consultant

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Harvey provides ongoing consultation on Complex Trauma, Coerced Perpetration, and Dissociative Identity to ensure the highest-level of psychological accuracy across all aspects of the play.


He is an internationally acknowledged clinical psychologist with a career dedicated to the treatment of survivors of Complex Trauma and Dissociative Identity, and is the author of award-winning books on the psycho-dynamics of how trauma victims are manipulated into betraying their own moral limits.


He a Sub-Investigator and Co-Therapist in MAPS-Sponsored Clinical Trials for MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy; he is Co-Founder of Polaris Insight Center (the first psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy clinic established in the US). He is the Director of Training for Polaris Insight Training Program, which trains the next generation of psychotherapists to treat trauma with Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy.

Associate Producer

& Outreach Liaison

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Rebekah grew up in a Pentecostal religious cult where she was involved in producing music videos and live stage plays, including playing the role of Satan. After her spirited homeschooling, Rebekah reached out to a secular life beyond the cult, yet she remained an indoctrinated true believer in the transformative power of theatre. At college she studied musical theater and performed in numerous full-length shows. After seeing an early showcase of IMAGINARY GIRL in SF, Rebekah immediately fell in love with the show. She was inspired by it with themes of mind control and cult-like indoctrination, and how –at its core – its characters’ emotional conflicts are universal. Rebekah believes in the transformative power of theater to change lives.




Exploring The Backstory & Creative Process


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IMAGINARY GIRL: The Occupation of Patty Hearst – book, lyrics & music © Leonard Dolivio Cetrangolo

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