The Music Box: An Evening of Lady Composers

The Music Box: An Evening of Lady Composers

at PTC Performance Space

  • Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 6:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 9:00 pm

In 1920, they got to vote. In 2013, they got to write musicals. Come join us as we celebrate lady composers from all career stages in a one-night-only concert event. With contributions from Masi Asare, Lydia Benecke, Suzy Conn, Julianne Wick Davis, Carmel Dean, Amy Engelhardt, Amanda Green, Marcy Heisler & Zina Goldrich, Anna K. Jacobs, Stephanie Johnstone, Kailey Marshall, Madeline Myers, Julia Meinwald, Juliana Nash, Susannah Pearce, Kamala Sankaram, and Zoe Sarnak.

Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes with no intermission.

Marc Acito

Marc Acito (Lyrics)

Marc Acito is not a woman, but he did write the musical Bastard Jones with Amy Engelhardt, who is. Marc also won the Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play with his comedy Birds of a Feather. He is the head writer of the musical Allegiance, which won the Craig Noel Award for Outstanding New Musical for its run at the Old Globe and is the book writer of A Room with a View, which also had its world premiere at the Old Globe and will appear next season at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle. With producer Dede Harris, he is developing a stage adaptation of his first novel How I Paid for College, which won the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction and was an Editors' Choice for The New York Times. Translated into five languages the author cannot read, it inspired a sequel, Attack of the Theater People. He and Engelhardt are currently developing a new project through the New Musicals Foundation in Washington, DC. Marc is also a regular contributor to Playbill and teaches Story Structure at NYU.

Masi Asare

Masi Asare (Music / Lyrics)

Masi Asare is a composer/lyricist who lives and works in New York City. She conceived and wrote music and lyrics for the secret agent musical Sympathy Jones (book by Brooke Pierce), which premiered at NYMF in 2007 starring Kate Shindle, and is published by Playscripts. Masi also wrote music and lyrics for several projects with the experimental theatre collective Anonymous Ensemble, presented at venues across NYC and at the Brisbane Theatre Festival in Australia; and more than sixty songs for children's musicals at the Kidstock Theatre in the Boston area. She has worked as a producer developing new musicals in New York with Raw Impressions and 8Minute Musicals, and served as a music consultant for RIPFEST Collaborative Film Project's Movie Musicals initiative. Masi is an alum of the ASCAP and BMI musical theatre workshops, the New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio, and the Dramatists Guild's Musical Theatre Fellows. She holds degrees from Harvard and NYU Tisch, where she is currently a candidate for the PhD in Performance Studies. Masi is working on two original shows—writing book, music, and lyrics for a musical about her west African grandmother, and lyrics (with composer Joy Son and bookwriter Brooke Pierce) for a musical about a fictitious reality show.

Lydia Benecke

Lydia Benecke (Music / Lyrics)

Lydia Benecke is the voice and face of Blue Kid, a Brooklyn-based piano-rock band with a musical penchant for heartbreak, heart-healing and jazz-hands. Currently in the midst of writing her first musical, Lydia's music can be heard on iTunes, Bandcamp and her website,, and has been performed in such venues as Rockwood Music Hall, (le) Poisson Rouge and Ars Nova. She received a BA in Theatre from Northwestern University.

Dan Collins

Dan Collins (Lyrics)

With composer Julianne Wick Davis, Dan Collins wrote book and lyrics for the musical SOUTHERN COMFORT (2012 Jonathan Larson Grant recipient; GLAAD Media Award winner; "Critics Pick" - The New York Times and Time Out New York); WOOD (NYMF, starring Tony Award © Winner Cady Huffman); OUR LADY OF THE VIADUCT, TIME TO KILL and THE LATEST THING (4@15). Dan wrote book to Julianne's music and lyrics for WHEN WE MET (co-conceived with performers Sally Wilfert and Michael Winther), which was selected for development at the Eugene O'Neill National Music Theater Conference). Dan's work has been published in Plays and Playwrights 2010 (NYTE Small Press), and he was selected along with Julianne Wick Davis as a 2011-2012 Dramatist Guild Fellow as well as for TheatreWorks Palo Alto's 2013 Writer's Retreat. Dan holds an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from Tisch School of the Arts, NYU and a BFA in Playwriting from The Theater School of Depaul University.

Suzy Conn

Suzy Conn (Music / Lyrics)

Suzy Conn is a musical theater composer, lyricist, and librettist, and graduate of the two-year Theatre Building Chicago Musical Theatre Writers' Workshop. Her musicals include Chick Flick The Musical; Plane Crazy-- a salute to airline stewardesses in the '60s (Village Theatre's New Works Festival in Seattle, New York Musical Theatre Festival, OCU Stripped New Works Festival in Oklahoma City, Sheridan College in Toronto); Beatrix Potter's The Tale Of Pigling Bland (productions in Chicago, Sedalia, Toronto); The Mercer Girls; Daisy The Firecow; and Larry Gets Lost In Seattle (for The 5th Avenue Theatre's Adventure Musical Theatre program); and original material for Cocktail Nuts at ACT Theatre in Seattle. Suzy served as the writing mentor for three years for the Village Theatre Kidstage Company Originals program. Prior to focusing exclusively on musical theater, Suzy spent ten years in Toronto and Nashville writing country and pop songs, and commercial jingles.

Julianne Wick Davis

Julianne Wick Davis (Music / Lyrics)

Julianne Wick Davis wrote music for Southern Comfort with Dan Collins (book & lyrics) based on the Sundance award-winning documentary by Kate Davis; 2012 Jonathan Larson Award; reading Playwrights Horizons 2010; showcase production Cap21 2011; New York Times and TimeOut New York Critic's Pick, Advocate's 2011 Top 10 NY Theatre Experiences, Outstanding Off-Off Broadway Production GLAAD Media award; NAMT 2012 Festival of New Musicals and also recipient of three NAMT grants. Southern Comfort will have a world premiere full production at Barrington Stage in July 2013. Julianne wrote music and lyrics for When We Met with Dan Collins (book) 2012 O'Neill Musical Theatre Conference; developmental readings at Tri-Arts Playhouse, Williams College Summer Theatre Lab, and Two River Theater. Wood (music) with Collins (book & lyrics), 2008 New York Musical Theatre Festival Next Link Series. Our Lady Of The Viaduct and Time To Kill (music), Collins (book & lyrics), An Orchestra Imagined (music) with Sophia Chapadjiev (book & lyrics) for York Theatre's 4@15 series. Julianne's songs have been performed in the Broadway's Future Concert Series at Lincoln Center's Bruno Walter Auditorium and the New Voices series with Joel Fram, was selected for TheatreWorks Palo Alto 2013 Writer's Retreat and for the York Theatre's NEO 9 year-long program supporting emerging writers. Graduate NYU's Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, a Dramatist Guild Fellow, and ASCAP member.

Carmel Dean

Carmel Dean (Music / Lyrics)

Carmel Dean is a New York-based, Australian-born composer, musical director and arranger. Broadway credits include: Hands on a Hardbody (Musical Director/Vocal Arranger), American Idiot (Musical Director), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Vocal Arranger/Associate Musical Director), the upcoming If/Then with Idina Menzel. Off-Broadway credits include: Emotional Creature, Everyday Rapture, Vanities and ElegiesA Song Cycle by William Finn. She performed on the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards with Green Day and was Chita Rivera's musical director for several years. She is a graduate of New York University's Musical Theatre Writing Program. As a composer her work includes the song cycle A Girl Called Vincent and the YouTube series Project: "Song Blog," where she interviews a Broadway singer and then teaches them one of her own songs, all in the comfort of her living room!

Amy Engelhardt

Amy Engelhardt (Music / Lyrics)

Amy Engelhardt was the sole female member of Grammy-nominated vocal "band without instruments" The Bobs for 14 years. Her score for Bastard Jones (with librettist Marc Acito) was a Finalist for the Richard Rodgers Award and the Eugene O'Neill MTC. Additional credits include lyrics for commissioned adaptations of Carl Sagan's Contract and Nicholas Nickleby for Seattle's CenterStage, and music/lyrics for A Comedy Of Eras at ACT Seattle (w/The Flying Karamazov Brothers). Special musical material: Mother, May I (dir. Rain Pryor), Hollywood Nurses (Chip Deffaa Festival, NYC), That Sinking Feeling (Free Associates, Chicago) and THE Egg Game (Present Company, NYC). Amy's solo CD, Not Gonna Be Pretty, hailed as the "unlikely and intriguing marriage of Nellie McKay and Meat Loaf," garnered two Just Plain Folks Nominations (the "Grassroots Grammys" - LA Times). A graduate of Syracuse University and Berklee College of Music, and honorary member of the Vienna Boys Choir, Amy received MAC's Burman Award for Songwriting in 2011.

Jennifer Gibbs

Jennifer Gibbs (Lyrics)

Playwright, lyricist, and performer Jennifer Gibbs recently wrote THE PEER GYNT PROJECT, a multimedia piece for mixed-ability artists in London, Oslo and NYC inspired by Ibsen's verse epic.  PEER GYNT PROJECT's 2012 showing was co-produced by The National Theater of Norway and presented in Nationalteatret's International Ibsen Festival, Oslo.  While a HARP artist-in-residence at HERE, Jennifer developed her multimedia play SOUNDING with Kristin Marting toward a 2010 HERE World Premiere production, NYC.  Called "a feast for the senses," SOUNDING received grants from the Rockefeller & Doris Duke Foundation MAP Fund and LMCC Swing Space, and won the New York Coalition of Professional Women in the Arts & Media Collaboration Award.  Jennifer co-authored 167 TONGUES in Ari Kreith's community-based JACKSON HEIGHTS TRILOGY, produced 2010 – 2013, Queens and Manhattan.  Jennifer's plays have been presented/developed at theaters including Cherry Lane, LAByrinth, Williamstown, E.S.T., Joe's Pub, The Public, New Georges, Makor Center, The Lark, Fringe Festival, and Transport Group.  She has also worked in residence at the Gertrude Stein Digital Performance Institute, Voice & Vision and Atlantic Center for the Arts, and is a New Georges Affiliated Artist.  Among other projects, she produced the First Fig Series at Joe's Pub.  A Mellon Fellow in the Humanities, Jennifer holds a B.A. from Harvard and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from N.Y.U..

Amanda Green

Amanda Green (Music / Lyrics)

Amanda Green is a Tony nominated Lyricist/Composer. She was honored to have two musicals premiere on Broadway in the 2012-2013 season: Bring It On (co-lyricist) which was nominated for a Tony for Best Musical, and for which she received Drama Desk and LADCC Nominations, and Hands On A Hardbody (lyricist/co-composer) for which she received a Tony nomination, 2 Drama Desk Nominations and an Outer Critics Circle Nomination.

Also on Broadway: High Fidelity (lyrics). Regional: Bring It On (Nat'l Tour); Hands On A Hardbody (La Jolla Playhouse); Hallelujah Baby! (Addt'l lyrics; Arena Stage, dir. Arthur Laurents); For The Love of Tiffany (lyrics, co-star; NY Fringe Festival). Awards: Jonathan Larson Award, Songwriter's Hall Of Fame Scholarship. As a performer, Amanda sings her songs everywhere from Birdland to the Bluebird Café in Nashville, and has won two MAC Awards. Trey Anastasio performs their songs with his bands Phish and TAB in concerts around the country. BA, Brown University, member Dramatists Guild.

Zina Goldrich

Zina Goldrich (Music)

Zina Goldrich won the 2009 Fred Ebb Award for excellence in songwriting with Marcy Heisler. She is currently working on the musical Ever After, directed by Kathleen Marshall, aiming for Broadway Spring 2014. Goldrich and Heisler’s song, “Baltimore” was recently sung by Audra McDonald on Live at Lincoln Center. She composed music for Dear Edwina (Drama Desk Nomination) and Junie B. Jones (Lucille Lortel Nomination) which ran successfully Off-Broadway. Snow White, Rose Red (and Fred) (Helen Hayes Nomination) was commissioned by the Kennedy Center and is currently licensed by MTI. On television, she has composed for Wonderpets, Johnny and the Sprites, Pooh’s Learning Adventure and the upcoming Peg + Cat coming this fall to PBS. She is the recipient of the ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award, a Larson grant and is a Seldes-Kanin Fellow. She has played keyboards on Broadway for Avenue Q, Bombay Dreams, Oklahoma and Titanic, where she also conducted.

Marcy Heisler

Marcy Heisler (Lyrics)

Marcy Heisler received the Kleban Prize in 2012 for most promising theatre lyricist, and shared the Fred Ebb Award in 2009 with composing partner Zina Goldrich for outstanding songwriting. She is also the co-creator of Dear Edwina, which played Off-Broadway for 3 seasons at Daryl Roth's DR2 theatre, received Drama Desk nominations for Best Music and Best Lyrics, and is currently licensed by Music Theatre International. Additional Off-Broadway work includes Junie B Jones, nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award in the category of Best Musical, and currently in its eighth year of touring with TWUSA.

Amongst her and Goldrich’s musicals currently in development are an adaptation of the 1998 film Ever After in collaboration with director Kathleen Marshall; Screaming Like A Fool, a collection of romantic comedy songs, and The Great American Mousical, written with bookwriter Hunter Bell, which premiered in November 2012 at Goodspeed Opera House's Norma Terris Theatre. The production was directed by Julie Andrews, choreographed by Christopher Gatelli, and designed by Tony Walton.

A retired member of the Publications Committee of the Dramatists Guild, Ms. Heisler is a contributing writer to Dramatist magazine. She is also active in ASCAP, participating in both their Musical Theatre Writing Workshops and "I Create Music" seminars. She graduated with High Honors from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Dramatic Writing Program, and previously studied acting at Northwestern University. She currently resides in New York City.

Anna K. Jacobs

Anna K. Jacobs (Music)

Anna K. Jacobs composed the music for POP! (3 CT Critics Circle Awards; 7 Helen Hayes Award nominations), Harmony, Kansas (4 SCENIE Awards; 3 San Diego Critics Circle Award nominations), Stella and the Moon Man (Helpmann Award), and Cage Match (Prospect Theater Company, 2013). Her full-length shows have been produced by Yale Rep, Pittsburgh City Theatre, Studio Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company and Theatre of Image, Diversionary Theatre,and Firehouse Theatre Project. Evenings of her songs have been presented in concert at Barrington Stage Company, Ars Nova, and the Darlinghurst Theatre. Currently she is writing music for a stage adaptation of the indie horror film, Teeth. Anna is a 2013 Uncharted Artist at Ars Nova, a 2010-11 Dramatists Guild Fellow, and an alumna of the NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Member: ASCAP, Dramatists Guild of America.

Stephanie Johnstone

Stephanie Johnstone (Music / Lyrics)

Stephanie Johnstone is a human/composer/theatermaker/muckraker/sexuality educator with a fierce commitment to celebrating and cultivating interdependence. Her acclaimed, music-drenched, highly collaborative theater work is rooted in conversations about economic inequality and radical sex politics, and has been featured at venues including CSC, HERE Arts Center, 3LD, Joe's Pub, Culture Project and NYMF. She has held residencies at Pace and Montclair State Universities, and she participated in Adam Guettel's group lab class and the New Dramatists' Composer/Librettist Studio. On May Day 2012, she coordinated a mass choir convergence to sing an original song based on the Ubuntu phrase "I am who I am because of who we are together", which catalyzed her radically inclusive choir group: Everybody Now!. She is the assoc. MD of the nat'l tour of War Horse, and she spent a year in Prague collaborating with Czech gypsy/folk band Tripura. This autumn, she is embarking on a house concert/conversation tour of the US with her upcoming album Love Songs For the Rest of

Julia Jordan

Julia Jordan (Lyrics)

Kleban Award, Jonathan Larson Award, Francesca Primus Prize, Heideman Award, a two time LeComte Nouy Award, ATandT Onstage Award, The American Spirit Award and three of her plays have been shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award. She has held a Juilliard Playwriting Fellowship, Lucille Lortel Playwriting Fellowship and Manhattan Theater Club Fellowship. Her work has been produced at Manhattan Theater Club, Primary Stages, Actor's Theater of Louisville, Soho Rep, The McCarter Theater, Dallas Theater Center, Prince Music Theater, the Ahmanson, Studio Dante, Wellfleet, Contemporary American Theater Festival and Salt Lake Acting Company, The American Theater among others. Her work has been developed at Sundance, The O'Neill, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Mpls. Playwrights Center. Julia is one of the founders of The Lilly Awards and sits on the Council of the Dramatists Guild.

Gordon Leary

Gordon Leary (Lyrics)

Gordon Leary is a bookwriter and lyricist from Chagrin Falls, Ohio. His musicals include Pregnancy Pact (2012 Weston Playhouse, 2011 NAMT Festival, 2011 Yale Institute for Music Theatre), Cheer Wars (2009 Richard Rodgers Award), Across the River (2009 Daegu International Musical Festival), Disappeared (2009 Lincoln Center Directors Lab), Sled Ride (Auckland Art Gallery) and One-Man Show (2010 DanceNOW [NYC]). Gordon was a 2009-2010 Dramatists Guild Fellow and is a current member of Ars Nova's Uncharted group. He holds a B.A. from Vassar College and an M.F.A. in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts.

Kailey Marshall

Kailey Marshall (Music / Lyrics)

Kailey Marshall is a junior BFA Musical Theatre major at Pace University. She has been working on writing her first musical, Confirmed, for about a year now, and is so grateful to be a part of this amazing night of music with so many talented women! Kailey's music has been featured in Hatched at Joe's Pub & 54 Below, and was last performed in NYMF's Mint'd concert. Love and thanks to her amazing collaborator Will Sasso, RSO, the rest of the MTW4's, and her beautiful family.

Grace McLean

Grace McLean (Music / Lyrics)

Grace McLean is a sucker for a good heartbreak. First Jesus, then all three Jewish boys in her small conservative town, followed by obsessions with Hank Azaria, Dan Aykroyd, Alan Rickman, sailors, and several gay men. Grace began writing ditties as a remedy for her pickled love life and has developed a sparse, plunky style that underlines her often irreverent, always truthful lyrics. Grace McLean Lives in Concert, an interactive storytelling concert, has been performed at The Flea, Ars Nova, and Joe's Pub. Her debut EP Make Me Breakfast is available on iTunes and bandcamp. She is currently performing as Marya D in Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812.

Julia Meinwald

Julia Meinwald (Music / Lyrics)

JULIA MEINWALD's musicals include Pregnancy Pact with Gordon Leary (2011 Weston Playhouse New Musical Award, 2011 Yale Institute of Musical Theatre - director Mark Brokaw, 2011 NAMT selection-director Mark Brokaw, 2012 full production at Weston Playhouse -director Joe Calarco), Disappeared with Gordon Leary (2009 Lincoln Center Directors Lab selection), and Jack Perry is Alive (and Dating) with Harrison Rivers and Daniella Shoshan (2011 NYMF Next Link selection). Current projects include PIED with Gordon Leary and Le Fou with Rob Shapiro and Bekah Brunstetter. You can hear Julia's music on the internet sitcom Inconvenient Molly as well as in the score to short films featuring Josh Gad (The Losers), Matt Walsh (Breast Picture) and Mary Louise Parker (Wing Woman.) Julia's full-orchestra score for the computer game The Judgment of Quintus was recorded by the Davenport Pops, and the game is expected for release later in 2013. A proud participant in the New Dramatists 2008 Composer Librettist Development Program, Julia was also a 2009-2010 Dramatists Guild fellow, a resident artist with American Lyric Theatre, and an inaugural member of Ars Nova's musical theatre writers group, Uncharted. She received her BA in music from Yale University and her MFA from NYU Tisch's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.

Madeline Myers

Madeline Myers (Music / Lyrics)

Madeline Myers is a composer and lyricist for musical theatre based in Los Angeles. Madeline received her education in composition at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music, New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Musical Theatre Writing Program, and the Royal Academy of Music in London. Madeline has been honored to work with Georgia Stitt, Jason Robert Brown, Brendan Milburn & Valerie Vigoda, and Michael John la Chiusa. Madeline's current show, Legends & Lore, was recently workshopped at the Fingerlakes Musical Theatre Festival. A passionate advocate for arts education and service through music, Madeline is the founder of Music in the Clinic at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center & Children's Hospital (Nashville, TN) and the Chair of the Associates Board of Education Through Music-Los Angeles. When not writing music, Madeline enjoys running, music directing, reading, and cooking. Madeline is a proud member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild. Madeline is honored to be a part of the Music Box to celebrate women composers and the 10th anniversary of NYMF.

Juliana Nash

Juliana Nash (Music / Lyrics)

Juliana Nash was the rhythm guitarist, and singer-songwriter for the band Talking to Animals, which was signed to Columbia and Velvel Records. Her work has been featured in films such as Rob Morrow's Maze and Eric Schaeffer's Fall. She is the composer and co-lyricist of Murder Ballad. She is the proud recipient of a MTC/Sloan commission. Juliana is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of music. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and BMI and would like to thank both organizations for their support.


Julia Jordan: Kleban Award, Jonathan Larson Award, Francesca Primus Prize, Heideman Award, a two time LeComte Nouy Award, ATandT Onstage Award, The American Spirit Award and three of her plays have been shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award. She has held a Juilliard Playwriting Fellowship, Lucille Lortel Playwriting Fellowship and Manhattan Theater Club Fellowship. Her work has been produced at Manhattan Theater Club, Primary Stages, Actor's Theater of Louisville, Soho Rep, The McCarter Theater, Dallas Theater Center, Prince Music Theater, the Ahmanson, Studio Dante, Wellfleet, Contemporary American Theater Festival and Salt Lake Acting Company, The American Theater among others. Her work has been developed at Sundance, The O'Neill, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Mpls. Playwrights Center. Julia is one of the founders of The Lilly Awards and sits on the Council of the Dramatists Guild.

Susannah Pearse (Music / Lyrics)

Shows include Sex and the Village with Rebecca Applin (licensed by Perfect Pitch musicals), Wonderland with Gyles Brandreth, Melody Towers with Christopher Hamilton, Once Upon a Time in Narcissia with Youn Young Park, The Emperor's Quest also with Park (awarded a discretionary award by Musical Theatre Matters for its work developing musical theatre for young people), Pride and Prejudice (The Forgotten Bennet sister) with Kate Ferguson, Farm! with Robert Hudson, The Diary of a Nobody with John Finnemore, and lyrics for Sherlock Holmes (The Early Years), book by Kate Ferguson with Robert Hudson, music by Jared M. Dembowski (awarded the Theatre for the American Musical Award at the New York Musical Festival).

Publications include The Night Before Christmas with Matthew White and Ana Sanderson (published by A & C Black) and How Grandmother Spider Stole the Sun with Youn Young Park (published by Mondo). Radio includes music for John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme on Radio 4.

Susannah is a member of Mercury Musical Developments and a graduate of New York University's Musical Theatre Writing Programme.

Kamala Sankaram

Kamala Sankaram (Music)

Kamala Sankaram: Praised as "strikingly original" (NY Times), Kamala Sankaram writes music for concert, theater, and film. She has received commissions from Beth Morrison Projects, HERE Arts Center, Anthony Braxton's Tri-Centric Orchestra, and Opera on Tap, among others. She was recently the recipient of a Jonathan Larson Award from the American Theater Wing, and has received grants from the MAP Fund, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Meet the Composer, and the Asian Women's Giving Circle, as well as residencies from the MacDowell Colony, the Watermill Center and the Hermitage. She was the 2011 Con Edison/Exploring the Metropolis Composer-in-Residence at the Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy and the 2012 Composer-in-Residence at the Eugene O'Neil Theater.. As a resident artist at HERE Arts Center, Kamala created Miranda, a steampunk murder mystery opera called "enjoyable, utterly original opera" (NY Post) and "among the very best theater achievements of 2012" ( Miranda was named winner of the New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical. Her new opera/theater work, Thumbprint, will premiere in January 2014 as part of the PROTOTYPE Festival. Also a performer, Kamala has collaborated with The Wooster Group, Philip Glass, John Zorn, Anthony Braxton, Phil Kline, SEM Ensemble, and eighth blackbird, among others.

Zoe Sarnak

Zoe Sarnak (Music / Lyrics)

Zoe Sarnak is a composer, lyricist and playwright. She wrote the book, music and lyrics for The Quad, developed and performed at Harvard's Loeb Experimental Theatre. Sarnak has four full-length musicals in development, including Mixtape, featured in Silent Street Productions' 2012 season, PainLess (with book by Michael Kimmel) and A Lasting Impression, winner of Pace New Musicals 2012, performed Off-Broadway at the 4th Street Theatre at NYTW in August 2012, winner of 2013 NJ Playwright's contest, and recently produced by Cutting Edge Composers at Joe's Pub with Tony Winner Alice Ripley. @zoesarnak.

Jennifer Stafford

Jennifer Stafford (Lyrics)

Jennifer Stafford is a playwright, bookwriter, and lyricist, and a graduate of NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Her work has been featured in New York (The Lincoln Center Songbook Series—The Lyrics of Jennifer Stafford, 54 Below, Ars Nova, The Metropolitan Opera, Merkin Recital Hall, Joe's Pub, Birdland, Don't Tell Mama), Chicago (Theatre Building Chicago, Spotlight Youth Theatre, STAGES Festival of New Musicals), and regionally at Barrington Stage, as part of William Finn's Songs By Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists You Probably Don't Know, But Should. Her musical Prodigy (with Willem Oosthusyen) recently received workshop productions through NYU, the Two Rivers Theatre Company, and Indiana University. 

Awards include finalist performances in the Ronald M. Ruble New Play Competition (The Star Child, with Sarah Underwood and Josh Freilich), second prize in the McLean Drama Company Playwriting Competition (Skittles, presented at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington D.C.), and the Paulette Goddard Award. Jenny has been an Artist in Residence at Goodspeed Musicals, CAP 21, and the Berkshire Playwrights Theatre, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. Current projects include works with Anna K. Jacobs, Brandon Anderson, Willem Oosthuysen, J. Oconer Navarro, Joel B. New, and Carmel Dean. She is represented by Michael Moore at the Michael Moore Talent Agency

Ephie Aardema (Performer)

Upcoming: "Snapshots" a new Stephen Schwartz musical at Goodspeed Opera House, and "Daddy Long Legs" ( at Florida Studio Theatre. Off-Broadway: "Dear Edwina" (Edwina). National Tours: "Fiddler on the Roof" (Chava) and "The Sound of Music" (Liesl). Regional: Originated Lucy Honeychurch in "A Room with a View" at the Old Globe, "Daddy Long Legs" (Jerusha) at PCPA and St. Louis Rep, "42nd Street" (Peggy Sawyer) at Pittsburgh CLO and Stoneham Theatre (IRNE nomination), "Next to Normal" (Natalie) at Pioneer Theatre, "HAIR" (Sheila) at ReVision Theatre among others. Ephie holds a Congressional Gold Medal for Outstanding Youth. She's an international award winning tap dancer and the youngest-ever graduate of Circle in the Square Theatre School.

Pierce Cravens (Performer)

Pierce Cravens: Broadway: RAGTIME, TOM SAWYER, TITANIC, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Off-Broadway/Regional: The Public/NYSF, MTC, NY Stage and Film, NYMF, InterAct Theatre, Snapple Theater, Walnut Street Theatre, Theatre 80. Film/TV selections: Season 2 Premiere of VEEP, Cal Widdecomb in BOARDWALK EMPIRE, RONAL THE BARBARIAN (Einstein Films), RISING STARS (Screen Media Films), FILMORE! (Disney), voice of Michelangelo in the new TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLE video game. AudioFile Earphones Award. Four albums. Grammy voting member of The Recording Academy. Represented by Evolution Entertainment and Professional Artists. Pierce is also a producer with Metropolitan Entertainment.

Tamra Hayden (Performer)

From Broadway to the Blues, critics have called Tamra Hayden, an 'emotionally rich, psychologically detailed singer that can reheat coffee' and 'outsizzle Peggy Lee'. Tamra Hayden performed on Broadway as Cosette in Les Miserables and Texas in Cabaret (Studio 54); Off-Broadway in Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris; and has toured throughout the US as Christine in Phantom of the Opera, Cosette in Les Miserables, It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues, and Hodel in Fiddler On The Roof (opposite Theodore Bikel). A versatile singer, Tamra performed with organist, Michael Gailit, at St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna, as part of the Lange Nacht der Kirchen, as well as Broadway Pops Concerts with The Nashville Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Tucson Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, and Palm Beach Pops, to name a few. Chosen as one of the "Top Ten to watch in 2010" by CDBaby, Tamra's numerous musical collaborations have resulted in a wide variety of recordings including: Tradition, Tartan & Tears; I Believe In The Fire; A Day At The Fair; Reggae On Broadway; Songs From The North Country; Stars At Night; Angus Mohr's: A Christmas Pageant; and Unwrapped. As a musical activist, Tamra's music video of her song, Eden Will Bloom, was presented as part of The Puffin Cultural Forum Poetry Jam For Peace and her original music has raised awareness for Union Collective Bargaining, Relay For Life, and Veterans for Peace. Currently, Tamra is developing a series of patent pending iOS and Leap Motion apps (MusicalMe Images) that turn sights into sounds enabling one to play their own photos like a musical instrument. For more information:

Kelly McCormick (Performer)

Kelly McCormick comes directly from playing Fantine in Pioneer Theatre Company's production of Les Misérables. She appeared as Fiona in Foreverman as part of NYMF in 2012. National Tours: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Truly Scrumptious); Les Misérables (Factory Girl, Fantine u/s). Off-Broadway: The Extraordinary Ordinary; Her Song. Other favorites: Guys & Dolls (Sarah Brown – North Shore Music Theatre); Hello! My Baby (Frances Gold – Goodspeed); Heidi in [title of show] and Babe Williams in The Pajama Game (Arizona Theatre Company); 1776 (Martha Jefferson – Pittsburgh CLO); Pal Joey (Linda – Prince Music Theatre); Children of Eden (Ford's Theatre). Kelly holds her M.M. (Voice) and M.F.A. (Drama) from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and has appeared as a featured soloist with the Cincinnati and Omaha Symphony Orchestras. Love and thanks to Karen. For JCB.

Melissa Mitchell (Performer)

Off-Broadway: GIANT (Public Theater). Regional: Les Miserables (Cosette) at Pioneer Theatre Company, Summer of Love (World Premiere), Annie (Star-to-Be) at Musical Theatre West, Cinderella (Cinderella) at Cabrillo Music Theatre, Bye Bye Birdie (Kim), among others. Film: Anger Management, Holes. TV: Unsolved Mysteries, Star Search. She will be spending this Fall in Denver, where she will be playing Guenevere in Camelot at the Arvada Center for the Arts. B.A. in Psychology, UCLA, cum laude. Proud member of AEA/SAG-AFTRA. Soli Deo Gloria – For the glory of God!

Fabio Monteiro (Performer)

Credits include: RENT (Roger), Les Miserables (Enjolras) Cinderella (The Prince), My Fair Lady (Freddy), AIDA (Radames), West Side Story (Tony) as well as international tours of The Who's TOMMY (Lover/ Hawker). Fabio is a graduate of The Atlantic Theater Company in NYC.

Kathleen Elizabeth Monteleone (Performer)

Kathleen Elizabeth Monteleone most recently played Heather Stovall in Broadway's Hands on a Hardbody. Other credits: Dede Halcyon-Day in Tales of the City (American Conservatory Theater), the national tour of Legally Blonde:The Musical (Elle Woods/ ensemble); Screen credits include NBC's Grease: You're the One That I Want (Spiritual Sandy) and the film 27 Dresses. A graduate of Marymount Manhattan College.

Okwui Okpokwasili (Performer)

An actress/performer based in Brooklyn, NY. She works across performance disciplines and genres in film, theater and dance. She continues to develop Bronx Gothic, a solo work co-commissioned by Danspace Project and PS 122, which will run in the 2014 COIL festival. A first iteration of Bronx Gothic was seen in the Parallels 2012 series at Danspace Project. Her previous piece, Pent-Up: A Revenge Dance premiered at PS 122 and received a 2010 New York Dance and Performance ("Bessie") Award. Her work in multidisciplinary performance is also exemplified by her ongoing artistic collaboration with Ralph Lemon, the Bessie Award winning Artistic Director of Cross Performance. Okwui won a 2005 Bessie Award for her performance in the final part of Ralph Lemon's Geography Trilogy, "Come Home, Charley Patton". She was in his latest work "How Can You Stay..." which had it's premiere at BAM Harvey in the 2010 Next Wave Festival and in 2011 they performed an extended duet from "How Can You Stay..."at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, in conjunction with the show "On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century." Acting roles in NYC include: "Leda" in Sounding, "Goneril" in Young Jean Lee's Lear, "Moll Cutpurse" in the Foundry Theatre's The Roaring Girle, "Long Legged Ballerina" in Richard Foreman's Maria Del Bosco, and "Madame Laramie" in Richard Maxwell's Cowboys and Indians. Film roles include "O" in Knut Asdam's Filter City, Abyss, and Finally, the "Nigerian Tour Guide" in Sydney Pollack's The Interpreter , "Malika" in Lasse Hallstrom's 2006 release The Hoax, Stunt work as one of the infected in Will Smith's I Am Legend , "Mad Michelle" in Rania Ajami's Asylum Seekers and "Kim" in Stephan Littger's Malorie's Final Score. She played the title role in "Joan Dark", a coproduction between the Linz 2009 Capital of Culture and Chicago's Goodman Theater in Linz, Austria .She is currently touring with Nora Chipaumire's Miriam which premiered at BAM in the 2012 Next Wave Festival.

Keala Settle (Performer)

Karen Azenberg

Karen Azenberg (Director)

Karen Azenberg was just named Artistic Director of the Pioneer Theatre in Salt Lake City where she has directed and/or choreographed productions of Rent, Next To Normal, Miss Saigon, and Les Miserables. Most recently she directed A Christmas Memory for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival her previous work there has included choreography for Peter Pan, A Christmas Carol-The Musical, and Beehive. In New York she directed and choreographed Prom Queens Unchained, Blocks (an early work by the Pulitzer Prize winning creator of Rent, Jonathan Larson), and choreographed Richard Greenberg’s acclaimed The Dazzle at the Roundabout Theatre. Karen’s other credits include national tours of Carousel and Brigadoon and 15 productions of West Side Story. She directed the regional theatre premiere of Laughter On The 23rdfloor at the Geva Theatre in Rochester NY, Oklahoma! (Ordway Theatre, California Musical Theatre), The World Goes ‘Round (Cape Playhouse), I Do I Do! (Birmingham Theatre), Biloxi Blues (Indiana Repertory Theatre), The Barber Of Seville (Augusta Opera) and My Fair Lady (Michigan Opera Theatre). She has received the Hollywood Dramalogue Award for outstanding choreography, Indianapolis’ Corbin Patrick award for outstanding direction and a Joseph Jefferson Award nomination in Chicago. Karen is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School and the President of The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Karen can be reached at

Jen Hoguet

Jen Hoguet (Producer)

Jen Houget has produced a diverse array of projects, including a radical re-imagining of Frank Wedekind’s Lulu (d. Osheen Jones) and the Los Angeles premiere of Kenneth Lonergan’s THIS IS OUR YOUTH (d. Amanda Fuller). Jen has worked with a number of producers and theaters across the country and is currently a part of Ambassador Theatre Group’s New York office. She holds an MFA in Theater Management & Producing from Columbia University and a BS in Theater from Northwestern University.

Erin Moore

Erin Moore (Associate Producer)

Erin Moore is a native of Los Angeles and a theatre professional with a diverse array of experiences ranging from acting to producing to playing in pit orchestras. A former company member at Theatre West, LA's oldest continually-running theatre company, and at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, Erin graduated from UCLA with a degree in English and Theatre, and moved to New York to study Arts Administration at Columbia University. While completing her MA, she worked with organizations including Second Stage Theatre, Signature Theatre Company, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. She now works full time with the National Theatre of Great Britain, and is thrilled to be the Associate Producer for The Music Box.

Jenna Fratello

Jenna Fratello (Stage Manager)

Jenna is an undergraduate sophomore studying Theatre Design & Production in Fordham University's Theatre Program. Selected credits include: NYMF Mint'd: Explorers, Brotherly Love, Winners, The Verse Play, Ella. Upcoming: The Dreamer Examines his Pillow. Special thanks to Mary Kate, Karen, Charity, and Jen for all of their guidance and support, to her performers and composers for their unbelievable talent and dedication, and of course, to her family for their love. For all of the ladies.