LPfunK (a.k.a. Lucas Papaelias) is an actor/guitarist/composer, who was nominated for a Drama Desk Award (Best Original Music in a Play) for his work in Adam Rapp's “Essential Self-Defense” at Playwrights Horizons. Most recently, he co-wrote the rock musical PYRAMIDICA: Songs of Freedom, which takes place live in a pyramid scheme company's “free” orientation, and was presented at the Vineyard Arts Project’s New Writers / New Plays Festival. He also conceived of, and composed, the rock opera ITHACA: a Perpetual Shredfest, the story of a Lower East Side rock band performing their final concert, which had presentations at Joe’s Pub and ARS Nova.
Other theatre credits as an actor/musician include the musical ONCE on Broadway and at New York Theatre Workshop; Father Comes Home from the Wars by Suzan-Lori Parks at the Public (original music/guitar arrangements); Cyrano de Bergerac on Broadway (original music); Romeo & Juliet at the Delacorte (guitar arrangements); and Walk Two Moons at the Lucille Lortel (original music). He has also done extensive actor/musician work as an ensemble member of the Chekhov Company at Lake Lucille since 2004.
New York stage credits as an actor include Jack’s Precious Moment (Page73/59E59), Cyclone (Studio Dante), US Drag (stageFarm), Smashing (Play Company), and Cellini (2econd Stage). Film credits include Neil the bass player alongside Jack Black in School of Rock, as well as supporting roles in The Art Machine, The Oranges, The Hungry Ghosts, The Cake Eaters, WTC View, Brother To Brother, Sex and Sushi (also composed music), and What Alice Found. Television credits include How to Make It in America, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Law & Order.
Lucas is a Virgo and lives in New York City. He enjoys taking long scenic bike rides and road trips, watching documentary films, and doodling profusely. He is grateful for his loving family and friends.