Let There Be Light is an original theater work in the vignette style with book and music by  Brianna Barnes. Based on real interviews, Let There Be Light brings the true stories of experiences, discoveries, struggles, and problems various kinds of people have with Jesus and Christianity to life on stage. Through each character's story, the audience experiences a messy and broken, but colorful and beautiful mosaic. It doesn't have all the answers, but instead focuses on the real and relevant questions about faith in 2018.

Let There Be Light is making its NYC Premiere at The Hudson Guild Theater as part of the NY Summerfest Competition!

Following a successful workshop at The University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music in  2016, Let There Be Light's opening and closing numbers, "Illuminate the Night" and "United" were chosen to be featured in NYMF's (New York Musical Festival) 2017 United We Stand Concert at Green Room 42.

Performance Dates:

July 31st @ 6:15 PM
August 4th @ 8:30  PM
August 5th @ 1:00 PM

$23 Tickets Available at www.BrownPaperTickets.com - Search Let There Be Light


Meet the Cast:


Jessica Hendy

Jessica Hendy* (Woman 6) Broadway: CATS both original and revival, AIDA, AMOUR. National Tours: CATS, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. Radio City Music Hall: NEW YORK SPRING SPECTACULAR with the ROCKETTES. Selected Regional: NEXT TO NORMAL, MISS SAIGON, GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL. Symphony and Concert work all of the USA and Canada. CCM Grad. @jesshendy


John Battagliese

Born and raised in Philadelphia, John Battagliese*(Man 3) is thrilled to be a part of Let There Be Light. He was last seen at the Palazzo Theater in Las Vegas playing Romeo in BAZ: Star Crossed Love. Other credits include : Jack Cassidy in the world premiere of Have You Met Miss Jones? alongside Academy Award Winner Shirley Jones - under the direction of Richard Maltby Jr., Link Larkin in Hairspray (MUNY), St. Jimmy in American Idiot, and Matt in the Fantasticks. John is a proud alum of the University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music (CCM). Much love to all his family and friends for their support, but most importantly Mom and Dad.


Clara Cox

Clara Cox* (Woman 1) is thrilled to be joining the cast of Let There Be Light! National Tours: 42nd Street (Peggy Sawyer). Regional credits include: Newsies (Katherine) at The Maltz Jupiter Theater, 42nd Street (Lorraine) and Man of La Mancha (Antonia) at The Weston Playhouse, The Addams Family (Wednesday) at The Wagon Wheel Theater. Proud CCM graduate. Endless love to my family, teachers, friends, and CESD. @clarajcox.



Alison Bagli

Alison Bagli (Woman 4)is so excited to be joining the cast of Let There Be Light! Favorite past credits include Anna in Frozen on Disney Cruise Line and Ariel in The Little Mermaid (twice... yes. You are being graced with royalty!) She met Brianna in college, and has always been so inspired by her work- and is so thrilled to help share it with the world! — with Alison Bagli.


Sarah Bishop

Sarah Bishop*(Woman 3) grew up in Butler, Pennsylvania, a small town north of Pittsburgh. After high school, she decided to focus on theatre and attended the University of Cincinnati’s College- Conservatory of Music where she earned her BFA in Musical Theater. While in school, she also attended various workshops including The School at Jacob’s Pillow Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance Program. Shortly after moving to NYC, she started touring with Roundabout Theatre Company’s Tony award winning production of Cabaret as Helga. She has also been seen in Geva Theatre Center’s The Other Josh Cohen and in Lincoln Park Performing Arts production of The Sound of Music as Maria. Other favorites include ELLE in Legally Blonde and Lina Lamont in Singin In the Rain. Sarah currently studies comedy at Upright Citizens Brigade and loves to compose and play the trumpet and piano.


Madeline Lynch

Madeline Lynch (Woman 9) is truly honored to be a part of such a meaningful and poignant work as Let There Be Light. She was recently seen regionally in the Jason Robert Brown Musical Festival with the Outvisible Theatre Company. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from CCM where she performed in Legally Blonde (Paulette), Peter Pan (Mrs. Darling), Singin in the Rain (Dora Bailey), The Threepenny Opera (Mrs. Peachum), and more. Other favorite credits include The Will Rogers Follies (Ziegfeld’s Favorite), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), and American Idiot (St. Jimmy). Much love and thanks to those who bring the light to her life! — with Madeline Lynch.


Calli McRae

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia now based in New York, Calli McRae (Woman 5) is a stage and film actor, storyteller, and artist whose goal is to connect to the human experience in a fresh and interesting way. New York Theatre Credits: Peace, Love and Cupcakes (New York Musical Festival); Chance (Fresh Fruit Festival). National Tour Credits: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Feature Film Credits: To Us (Lead). Calli loves working on projects with artists who are passionate and dedicated to creating new, bold art and sharing untold stories.


Lou Steele

Lou Steele* (Man 2) feels truly blessed to be a part of Let There Be Light. Previous roles include Radames in Aida, Chris in Miss Saigon, Jon in tick, tick...BOOM, and Emmett in Legally Blonde. Much love to his wife Laura and two amazing kids, Juliet and Lucas. Thanks to friends and family for constant love and support. Visit www.lousteele.net for more.


Michelle Girolami

Michelle Girolami (Woman 8) has appeared in commercial campaigns for Delta, Nikon, and Verizon. Some of her favorite stage roles include Miranda (The Tempest) Arnold (The Woodstove), and Mae (Astronauts Wanted). She is currently in post production for a film she wrote, produced, directed, and starred in, "Winning." Founding member of the theatre company, the MT+NYC Collaborative. Proudly represented by Ingrid French Management. NYU. She lives in Brooklyn with her amazing husband, Spencer Cohen and their grouchy but wonderful cat, Miss Moo Baggins.



Kelsey Crismon

Kelsey Crismon* (Woman 2) is so excited to be getting the opportunity to perform in such an amazing piece as Let There Be Light with such a stellar group of people! Kelsey has worked and lived here in NYC for five years now and has also worked internationally at Tokyo Disney, Niagara Symphony, as well as regionally in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Know Theatre of Cincinnati), Side by Side By Sondheim (Liberty Theater), and The King and I (MUNY) to name a few. She's currently dabbling in her own passion projects and spends her days growing in this city, and finding ways to connect people through Christ. You can find her teaching fitness, auditioning, creating and connecting almost everywhere! Shout out to her husband, Reid Morgan. Who has loved her so well through the first year of marriage. TeamKeid.


Brianna Barnes

Brianna Barnes (Woman 10) is the writer, director, and producer of Let There Be Light. Regional: Brigadoon (Fiona u/s) at The Wick, Some People Hear Thunder (Ensemble) at Capital Rep, Mamma Mia (Ensemble) at Theatre Aspen, Gypsy (Louise) at CCPA (LCT Nomination),and the title role in Mary Poppins at The Renaissance Theater. Proud graduate of CCM. She continues to songwrite and create, and is thrilled to see her first work premiere in NYC! All glory to the Light. @brianna_barnes_

There are many expenses associated with mounting a new theater work. Some of these costs include Actor Stipends, Sound Equipment and Engineer, Printing Programs, Rehearsal Space Rental, and Musician Stipends. If you feel the desire in your heart to partner with me and support the process of this production, click the button above to be taken to our GoFundMe Donation Page.

It’s rare to have an overtly Christian production that isn’t over the top, excessively preachy, or worse yet, terribly mediocre... Brianna Barnes’s new work, LET THERE BE LIGHT, though, is none of the above. In fact, its possible that this new theatrical experience might be the best evangelical tool I’ve ever come across... Barnes’s acoustic sensibilities as a songwriter are right in line with contemporary music; her theatrical training helps, too. But the most powerful thing for me was Barnes herself and her direct, frank discussion of what’s wrong with Christianity in 2016...Its the most relevant, sincere and moving thing I’ve heard in a church in a very long time.
— Kirk Sheppard (The Sappy Critic)

For booking inquiries, please contact briannabarnes@mail.com

Listen to the Music: