Intersecting Chords

Too often in today's world, the stories that carry the most power only share one side. If you could rewrite a story to redefine stereotypes or share a new perspective, what would it say? Join us for our concert series that celebrates female, queer, and trans artists who are changing the landscape of musical theater. Featuring music by Angela Sclafani, Helen Park, Shaina Taub, Preston Max Allen, Kat Sherrell, Ty Defoe, Zoe Sarnak, Rona Siddiqui, Emily Xu Gardner Hall, The Kilbanes, Laura Galindo, Seonjae Kim, Mori Einsidler, Sarah Flaim, Sav Souza, Nicolette Blount, Miriam Laube, Carmel Dean, and Rivky. 

Bonnie Milligan

Bonnie Milligan (Performer)

Teal Wicks

Teal Wicks (Performer)

Teal is currently starring as Lady in The Cher Show on Broadway. Other Broadway credits include: Finding Neverland, Wicked, Jekyll & Hyde revival. Off- Broadway: The Blue Flower (Second Stage), Stairway to Paradise (City Center Encores), the world premiere of Piece Of My Heart: the Bert Berns Story (Signature Theatre), Fahrenheit 451 (59E59). She originated the role of Jo in the new musical The Ballad of Little Jo recently seen at Two River Theatre. Regional: Life of the Party (Theatreworks, w/ Andrew Lippa), The Blue Flower (A.R.T.), Pippin, 1776, Carousel (Goodspeed; 2012 Broadway World Connecticut Award, Connecticut Circle Award nom). TV: “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Chicago Justice,” “Elementary,” “The Good Wife.” She can be heard on several cast recordings and has performed with orchestras worldwide.


Andrea Prestinario

Andrea Prestinario (Performer)

ANDREA PRESTINARIO: Regional – Baltimore Center Stage: Fun Home (Alison); Weston Playhouse: Fun Home (Alison), Guys & Dolls (Sarah Brown); Asolo Rep: My Fair Lady (Eliza) dir. Frank Galati; A.C.T. San Francisco: 1776 (Martha) dir. Frank Galati; Paramount Theatre Aurora: RENT (Maureen), My Fair Lady (Eliza); Lyric Opera Chicago: Oklahoma! (Gertie) dir. Gary Griffin; Drury Lane Oakbrook: Gypsy (Louise); Writers’ Theatre: Oh, Coward!; Boho Theatre Company: Side Show (Violet – Jeff Award, Leading Actress). BFA – Ball State University. Andrea is the Co-founder of Ring of Keys, a national network of queer women and TGNC artists working in musical theatre. @andreaprestinario

Kat Griffin

Kat Griffin (Performer)

Kat is an NYC based Actor/Photographer- they identify as nonbinary and use any/all pronouns fluidly. Most recently Kat was a part of the Play On Shakespeare festival Off Broadway at Classic Stage Company as Trinculo, Prince Arthur, Dromio S and more. Kat is currently saving for Top Surgery and has a fundraiser cabaret coming up on August 18th- for more info/to donate to Kat's GoFundMe see their instagram bio @Kat_Griffin_

Joan Henry

Joan Henry (Performer)

Composer/Performer/Artist/Educator & Water Protector Joan Henry led 50 drummers through artist Jeffrey Gibson’s recent New Museum exhibition performance. The driving force in Heather Henson & Ty Defoe’s Ajijaak On Turtle Island at New Victory Theatre, her life embraces stage, film, television and 30+ recordings in Native traditional, contemporary, classical and jazz venues. Previous adventures Off-Broadway: Water Is Life (Defoe/Sinutoke for NYMF), Primer For A Failed Superpower (Chakin & The TEAM), MacBeth & The Winter’s Tale (Sayet/Defoe for Amerinda’s Indigenous Shakespeare Ensemble.) Concert venues: Clearwater Festival, NYC’s Indigenous Peoples Day. Distant past: West Side Story 30th Anniversary Company, Camelot with Richard Harris. Current focus: lead singer & percussionist for jazz sextet Spirited. She may be most beloved for her Coyote stories – once started…

Rivky Gee

Rivky Gee (Performer)

"I am drawn to Rivky by her raw talent. What I love about her as an artist is the strength in her vulnerability- absolutely beautiful. I can't wait to hear more from her!” -Grammy winning, Amy Lee, Evanescence

Rivky is an extraordinarily soulful singer, painter, piano'ing, trained in none, a Jaques Brelian/Kurt Weill/Freddie Mercury nostalgia, living with a form of schizophrenia, theatrical, a prodigy invited Off-Broadway performing at The Kennedy Center, stages featuring Suzanne Vega and her latest produced by Grammy winning Amy Lee, Evanescence. Rivky grew up orthodox in the Hasidic community, but left it.

Salisha Thomas

Salisha Thomas (Performer)

Salisha Thomas is an NYC based actress currently in Beautiful The Carole King Musical on Broadway. Originally from California, Salisha is a former Miss California and former vocalist for Disney. She was previously in the first nat’l tour of Beautiful and played Diana Ross in the World Premier of TREVOR the Musical. This year she made her NYC Solo Debut in her concert It’s Me Salish! She received her BA in Theater from CSU, Fullerton and is a proud member of AEA.

Laura Galindo

Laura Galindo (Performer/Music and Lyrics)

Laura Galindo is a musician/actor/writer based in NYC. She graduated from NYU Drama this past May. In June, she made her professional debut at Ars Nova’s ANT FEST with her one-woman-and-her-band musical, Annie Aspen’s Musical Space Spectacular! She is a Victory Theatre LabWorks resident for the 2019-2020 season as well as a BarnArts resident later this summer. Her band plays around NYC at an assortment of venues and her EP Tastes Like Dreams is available on all platforms. She's working on new music too. IG @thelauragalindo


Zoe Sarnak

Zoe Sarnak (Music and Lyrics)

ZOE SARNAK (Music and Lyrics) is an award-winning composer and lyricist based in New York City. Works include: Secret Soldiers (with Marsha Norman), Empire Records (with Carol Heikkinen), Afterwords (with Emily Kaczmarek), Galileo (Danny Strong, Michael Weiner, dir Michael Mayer), Afloat (with Emily Kaczmarek), Band Aid (with Zoe Lister-Jones, dir Leigh Silverman) and more. Awards include: Jonathan Larson Grant Winner, Fred Ebb Award finalist, Kleban Award finalist, Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award finalist, and NY Stage & Film’s Founders Award finalist. Sarnak has received commissions, residencies and workshops from The Public, Second Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Geffen Playhouse, WP Theatre, Goodspeed, The Orchard Project, Roundabout, New York Theatre Workshop, McCarter Theater, Eugene O’Neill Artist, and Rhinebeck Writers Retreat and more. Music featured: NY Times Live, The Shannara Chronicles (Spike), Silent Witness (BBC), The Make It Fair Project, The Lilly Awards, and more.

Rona Siddiqui

Rona Siddiqui (Performer/Music and Lyrics)

Rona Siddiqui is a NYC-based composer/lyricist, music director & orchestrator. Musicals: Salaam Medina: Tales of a Halfghan, One Good Day, The Tin, Treasure in NYC. Commissions: Atlantic Theater Company, 24-Hour Musicals, Prospect Theater Company, The Civilians, NYC Gay Men's Chorus, 52nd St Project. Performed at: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Joe's Pub, Feinstein's/54 Below, New York City Center. Awards: ASCAP Foundation Mary Rodgers/Lorenz Hart Award and the ASCAP Foundation/Max Dreyfus Scholarship. Music direction: A Strange Loop, Bella: An American Tall Tale, Who's Your Baghdaddy? Or How I Started the Iraq War. Orchestration: Broadway Backwards, Gay Men's Chorus, Broadway Records, NAMT gala.

Seonjae Kim

Seonjae Kim (Performer/Music and Lyrics)

SEONJAE KIM is a director and writer from Seoul, South Korea. She is the creator/director of Riot Antigone (La MaMa, ANT Fest and Bryn Mawr College) which will be published in an anthology of Greek adaptations from Routledge and released as an independent record this fall. Her work has been seen at Atlantic Theatre Company, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Bushwick Starr, Dixon Place, Williamstown, PEN/World Voices Festival, Prelude Festival, Playwrights Realm among others. 2050 Fellowship (NYTW) New York Fellowship (Drama League) Van Lier Fellowship (Asian American Arts Alliance) Mike Ockrent Fellowship (SCDF) New Georges Affiliated Artist. Associate Director of the musical KPOP. BA: Northwestern. @jaethisway;

Angela Sclafani

Angela Sclafani (Performer/Music and Lyrics)

Angela Sclafani is an NYC-based composer and performer. She is a resident of the Orchard Project Greenhouse, a two-time alumna of Ars Nova's ANT Fest, a 2018 Jonathan Larson Grant Finalist, and a first place winner of the 2018 Great American Song Contest. Angela was also a recipient of the Richie Jackson Artist Fellowship and the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust Grant. Her new song cycle Passion Project: Love Songs from Women to their Work will premiere in NYC this fall. Her recorded music is available to stream and download online. Angela graduated from NYU Tisch with a BFA in Drama.

Preston Max Allen

Preston Max Allen (Music and Lyrics)

Preston Max Allen is a trans masculine writer/composer whose work has been featured at the New Amsterdam Theatre, Signature Theatre, Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub, Feinstein’s/54 Below, Musical Theatre Factory, and Second City Chicago. He conceived and wrote book, music, and lyrics for WE ARE THE TIGERS (Theatre 80, LA Ovation winner for Best Lyrics/Composition), NEVER BETTER, AGENT 355 (co-book/dramaturgy Jessica Kahkoska), and CARRIE 2: THE RAGE, AN UNAUTHORIZED MUSICAL PARODY (Jeff Nominee, Best Musical). Preston is a current member of the Ars Nova Play Group and alum of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. @prestonmaxallen

Miriam Laube

Miriam Laube (Performer/Music and Lyrics)

Miriam Laube has been an actor at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for the last 15 seasons. Her favorite roles include Cleopatra, Olivia, Hermione, Rosalind and Julia, The Witch in INTO THE WOODS, and Vasantasena in THE CLAY CART. She originated the role of Gynecia in HEAD OVER HEELS (Jeff Whitty/The GoGo's), Cleo in FAMILY ALBUM (Stew And Heidi Rodewald) and Maruca in PARTY PEOPLE (Universes). She has worked on Broadway in BOMBAY DREAMS and regionally at Berkeley Rep, Dallas Theater Center, Baltimore Center Stage, The Guthrie Theater and many others. She is Lunt-Fontanne Fellow and a Fox Fellow. This song is a part of a concert she produced, in which she transformed the silence of some of Shakespeare's women into song.

Sarah Flaim

Sarah Flaim (Music and Lyrics)

SARAH FLAIM is a performer, composer, and vocal designer. Most recently, she composed, arranged and co-music directed Retrograde, a new musical with book and lyrics by Sav Souza. Retrograde premiered in the 2018 Polyphone Festival under the artistic direction of César Alvarez, and has since released its own live studio album. In 2017, Sarah was a student of the National Music Theater Institute at The Eugene O'Neill Center, where her new musical Homey was selected for a developmental workshop in Playwrights and Librettists week. A few of Sarah's favorite projects include performing in Sum at Ars Nova, Noise! at The Public, Folk Wandering at The Merriam Theater, and recording background vocals for Pentatonix. Sarah can't wait to continue creating new work of all kinds! More info at


The Kilbanes (Performer/Music and Lyrics)

The Kilbanes are a theatrical rock band led by married songwriting duo Kate Kilbane and Dan Moses. Their rock opera Weightless was featured at Under the Radar in January 2019 and ran at ACT in May 2019. Their newest piece, Eddie the Marvelous, Who Will Save the World, was selected for the O’Neill National Music Conference for 2018. Eddie got its start at Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor and Theatreworks’ 2016 New Works Festival. The Kilbanes have been commissioned by ACT’s Youth Ensemble and are collaborating with nationally-renowned playwright Lauren Gunderson on a new piece at Marin Theater Company.

Sav Souza

Sav Souza (Music and Lyrics)

Sav Souza is a non-binary performer and creator who works out of Philadelphia and New York. Their musical, Retrograde, featuring music by Sarah Flaim, premiered in César Alvarez’s 2018 Polyphone Festival. Sav’s favorite performance credits include the world premiere of Lempicka at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, César Alvarez’s The Elementary Spacetime Show at Playwrights Downtown, and Dan Fishback’s The Material World in the 2016 Polyphone Festival. They are the founder of the Playdate Development Lab at Theater Oblivion, a Philadelphia based LGBTQ centered theatre company. Sav’s next project is Bye, Bye Boobies, a celebratory fundraiser event benefitting their upcoming top surgery! More at


Kat Sherrell

Kat Sherrell (Music and Lyrics)

Kat Sherrell is a composer, author, and pianist-conductor. Her book Experiencing Broadway Music: A Listener’s Companion was published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2016. Collaborations with playwright Natalie Wilson include Sweethearts of Swing and their latest project, [Un]Sung. Other compositions include a suite commissioned by brass quintet Calliope and settings of Caridad Svich’s lyrics for Svich’s play Twelve Ophelias: A Play With Broken Songs. Pianist/Conductor credits: (Broadway) In the Heights, Bring It On, The Book of Mormon; (TV) Smash; three seasons at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre. Sherrell is currently the Music Associate for the national tour of Hamilton.

Emily Gardner Xu Hall

Emily Gardner Xu Hall (Performer/Music and Lyrics)

Emily Gardner Xu Hall is a composer, lyricist, playwright and actor whose writing focuses on feminist perspectives inclusive to people of colour. Music/lyrics/book: Cherry Orchard, Cymbeline, I Am This For You (Ars Nova ANT Fest), Nascent Phase (Bushwick Starr Reading Series). Composer/lyricist and composer: Nomad Motel (Atlantic Theater Company), Public Theater Under the Radar Festival, commission for play with music, Cornerstone Theatre Company. Upcoming: reading of Ruth Bader Ginsburg project at Goodman Theater. Awards: “Go Write a Musical” Lilly Award, American Theatre Wing Jonathan Larson Award. MFA, NYU Graduate Acting.

Kara Arena

Kara Arena (Performer)

Actor/ singer-songwriter based in NYC. Recent projects: Evita (BST), Spring Awakening (30C), The Winter's Tale (7SSX), Picnic at Hanging Rock (GOH), Crazy For You (RMT). Boston Conservatory MT BFA 2017. William Esper Studio of Acting 2020. Ann Steele Agency. @karaarena

Annika Chavez

Annika Chavez (Performer)

Annika was most recently seen in, “Finding Beautiful” a musical by Anessa Marie and Danny Bristol on the NYMF stage this summer. She has performed at Williamstown Theatre Festival, and The Pasadena Playhouse, and Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum. She has been a part of several staged readings for new work, including “Golden” composed by Nathan Wang for the Adam Mickiewicz Institute of Warsaw.

Marina Kondo

Marina Kondo (Performer)

NYC/Regional: Road Show (NYCC), KPOP (Ars Nova), Made in America (The Public), Aida, The Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast (The Muny). National Tour: Lincoln Center’s The King & I. TV: “Succession” (HBO). As a musical ambassador of Japan she performs internationally. A proud graduate of The University of Michigan. So much love and gratitude!

Julia Knitel

Julia Knitel (Performer)

Broadway: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (‪Carole King‬, 1st National), Bye Bye Birdie. Off-Broadway: A Letter to Harvey Milk (Lucille Lortel nom). Select New York/Regional: Louise in Gypsy (The Muny - St Louis ‪Theatre Circle‬ nomination), Ulla in The Producers (Casa Mañana), Martha in The Constant Wife (Denver Center), Jennifer/Theresa in Red Maple (Capitol Repertory Theatre), Nora in ‪Brighton Beach Memoirs‬ (Portland Stage), Ingrid in Volleygirls (NYMF: Best of Fest).

Alexis Floyd

Alexis Floyd (Performer)

Film/TV: The Bold Type (Freeform, recurring Season 3), Life’s Poison (dir. Malcolm D. Lee). Off-Broadway: If Sand Were Stone (Theatre Row, dir. Tyler Thomas); The Shoebox (Kraine Theatre, dir. Lindsey Hope Perlman); Single Rider (Players Theatre, dir. Alison Benko). Other recent work includes Mitad Del Mundo (LaMama Theatre, dir. Danya Taymor); Romeo and Juliet (Brick Theatre, dir. Skylar Fox). Education: BFA in Musical Theatre from Carnegie Mellon University; Rhodolphi International Theatre Lab in Bulgaria; Cleveland Institute of Music; Cleveland School of Ballet. Original music available on Spotify/Apple Music/digital streaming services. Friends, family, and wonderful strangers: thank you, with love! @alexisgfloyd

Katrina Rose Dideriksen

Katrina Rose Dideriksen (Performer)

Seen on NBC's The Voice (13) on Team Miley Cyrus and Team J-Hud, Katrina's voice has been compared to the likes of Janis Joplin, Nancy Wilson, Kelly Clarkson and more. Her battle round performance of "W.O.M.A.N" has been viewed nearly 2 million times! Currently, she can be seen touring the country with "Women Rock" - a symphony show celebrating women in rock and roll. Past favorites: Janis in "A Night with Janis", Mimi "RENT", Genya in "Rock & Roll Refugee", Shawntel "Jerry Springer: The Opera", and being an OG Family member of Joe Iconis and Family. Recordings available on iTunes. Follow @KatrinaRoseRock

Ruby Lewis

Ruby Lewis (Performer)

Ruby has made headlines in New York, LA and Vegas as a versatile stage & screen performer. She starred as Indigo in Cirque du Soleil’s “Paramour” on Broadway which led to features on Nightline, AOLBuild & two Macys Thanksgiving Day Parades. Most recently, Ruby has taken on biographical roles, playing Betty Hutton & Peggy Lee in “Lights Out: Nat ‘King’ Cole” at the Geffen Playhouse and Marilyn Monroe in “Marilyn. The New Musical.” Prior to Marilyn, Ruby had become known for the role of Daisy in the critically-acclaimed production of “BAZ” as a member of the company "For the Record." Television: Girl Meets World, Masters of Sex, Heart of Dixie, Desperate Housewives, Entertainment Tonight, among others. @rubylewla

Ty Defoe (Giizhig) (Performer)

(He | Him |  We | Oneida and Ojibwe Nations. Grammy Award and 2017 Jonathan Larson Award. Book and lyrics, Ajijaak on Turtle Island (New Victory Theater starring, Joan Alison Henry), Clouds Are Pillows for the Moon (Yale Institute for Musical Theatre, ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop); Hart Island Requiem (The Civilians R&D Group, GoodSpeed Musicals); Red Pine (Native Voices at the Autry); The Way They Lived (w/ The Civilians at the Met). Netflix: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Broadway: Straight White Men. CalArts, NYU’s GMTWP Tisch. ASCAP/AEA/SDC

Liz Lark Brown

Liz Lark Brown (Performer)

Liz is a NYC-based actor/singer/voiceover artist. As a founding member of The Musical Theatre Factory, she’s fortunate to have been a part of many new works by up-and-coming, award-winners, & is having a summer of readings, workshops and concerts! Fresh in from doing The Chonburi International Hotel and Butterfly Club at Williamstown Theatre Festival, she’s happily returning to NYMF, having taken part in years past singing here for Anna Jacobs, and a few offerings as part of the motley Joe Iconis and Family. For her solo show Tarnished, she won the MAC, Bistro and Nightlife Awards. Liz is a graduate of The William Esper Studio, and Syracuse University, and a proud member of AEA. Catch her next week in “Just Look At Me Now” at Feinstein’s/54 Below, or on socials @Lalabee213

Katie Kavett (Stage Manager)

Katie Kavett is thrilled to be stage managing this concert for the fifth year in a row, making this her fourteenth NYMF show since 2010 -- a full decade of NYMF! Other recent credits include Blank! The Musical, the SheNYC Arts Festival, Sky-Pony’s The Wildness, and many other Off-Broadway shows, concerts, galas, festivals, and award shows. She currently works in Operations at Flatiron School.

Seth Betzler (Assistant Stage Manager)

Broadway: Children of a Lesser God, Deaf West's Spring Awakening. National Tours: Jersey Boys ('17-'18).  Off-Broadway: Skintight (Roundabout), X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation (The Acting Co.), Travisville (Ensemble Studio Theatre), The Climb (Cherry Lane Theatre), Illuminati Lizards from Outer Space (NYMF), Pushkin (The Sheen Center). New York: Language of Angels (The New School). Regional: The Last Five Years (WMPAC), The New World (Bucks County Playhouse). ActuallyCurse of The Starving ClassThe Rose Tattoo, & Romance Novels for Dummies all at The Williamstown Theatre Festival. Opera: p r i s m (Beth Morrison Projects / LA Opera, Prototype), The Rape of Lucretia (New Camerata Opera).