The Lost Collective is a theater-based artivist collective comprised of Keelay Gipson, Rebeca Rad, Josh Adam Ramos, and Britton Smith.
The four artists met in 2007 as students at Pace University in NYC, studying musical theater.
Their first collaboration, THE LOST by Keelay Gipson, began in 2014. Upon being selected for the 2014 Planet Connections Festivity, Gipson brought on Rebeca Rad to direct the production, Britton Smith to compose original music for the play, and Josh Adam Ramos to produce. Subsequently, THE LOST received four Planet Connections Awards, including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Book of a Musical (Keelay Gipson), and Outstanding Direction (Rebeca Rad).
THE LOST received an enhanced second production in the summer of 2015 at SCENE.
In April 2016, The Lost Collective was selected as the Public Artist-in-Residence with the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs + Administration for Children's Services. Their work is focused on fostering artistic expression and civic engagement among LGBTQ youths in the NYC foster system.
THE LOST is a new multimedia theatrical experience about discovering your identity.
Bobby is a young spoken word poet and foster kid from Harlem. When he’s placed with a new family on the Upper East Side for his senior year of high school, his world gets turned upside down. THE LOST explores themes of change and what it means to spread your wings when the world is telling you that you have none.
Set in the here and now of NYC with hints of a dreamlike nostalgia, THE LOST is the rainbow high that comes with living in the concrete jungle. As you and Bobby jump on that downtown train, you’ll party all night long with vibrant characters of all types that truly open hearts and minds.
Planet Connections Theatre Festivity Awards: Outstanding Play with Music, Outstanding Script of a Play with Music, Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Leading Actress (Rachael Ferrera).