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Founders

Jessie Field

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Jessie Field is an NYC-based queer playwright and director. She has written book and lyrics for two award-winning musicals (Rachel and La Maupin) and has directed numerous shows in MA, CA, and NYC. Jessie graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A. in Theatre Arts and Philosophy, completed a directing apprenticeship at Capital Stage in Sacramento, and recently graduated from NYU Tisch with an M.F.A. in Musical Theatre Writing.

 

jessiefield.com 

Brandy Hoang Collier

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Brandy Hoang Collier is a queer, Asian-American writer and composer from San Antonio, TX. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.A. in Music and English, and from NYU Tisch with an M.F.A. in Musical Theatre Writing.

brandyhoangcollier.com

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Company Members

Lydia Breckon

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Lydia Breckon is a British-European theatre-maker/composer/performer currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her B.A. (Hons) in English Literature and Drama from the University of Exeter, and her M.F.A. in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU Tisch.

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Sam rosenblatt

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Sam Rosenblatt is a Jewish-Asian-American theatre artist based in New York. She has a BS from NYU Steinhardt in Educational Theatre and an MFA from NYU Tisch in Musical Theatre Writing. She is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and Maestra. Sam is a curator for Tin Pan Alley 2 and a programming manager for The Latest Draft podcast.

 

www.theatricallysam.com

Clare Bierman

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Clare Fuyuko Bierman is a playwright and lyricist raised in a Japanese-Jewish home with some rabbits, a snake, and a bunch of finches. She has worked for many environmental artists in San Francisco, including the FutureFarmers, Studio for Urban Projects, and the Climate Music Project. Written works include VISARE (composer Erika Ji, winner of the New Musicals Inc. New Voices Project), Emma and the West (composer Joshua Vranas, Virginia Voices New Musical Theater Showcase), Death and Taxes (composer Brooke Trumm, HARP Theatricals), and The Very Furious Kugel (Spooky Action Theater). As an improviser, she has performed across the US and Europe. Originally from Los Angeles, she has received her MFA in Musical Theater Writing from New York University.

ENZO VEIGA

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Enzo Veiga, originally from Brazil, has recently earned his M.F.A. in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. In New York City, he works independently as a music director and performer, and is a volunteer composer at the 52nd Street Project. He has had many of his theatrical works professionally produced in Brazil, including the acclaimed “Terrível Incrível Aventura”. Enzo has also worked as a music teacher and vocal coach for over eight years. He is a member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild of America. Previous education: B.M. in Composition and Conducting at UNESPAR (Curitiba, Brazil).

SANGWOO "SIMON" LEE

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Sangwoo “Simon” Lee is a NYC-based singer/song-writer and music director originally from South Korea.

He has written music for the musicals ANDERSON (National Theater Company of Korea) in 2014 and Just Sex (Seoul Institute of the Arts) in 2013, each of which was premiered in Seoul, South Korea. Also he had a national tour in South Korea with UGLY DUCKLING (Street Theatre Troupe) from 2014 to 2018 as a composer and music director. Simon also composed many K-pop songs for other singers. Simon’s work has been performed in MA, NYC and Seoul. He has a BS in songwriting from Berklee College of Music and recently earned M.F.A in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU Tisch School of Arts.

owen likely

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Owen Likely is a Performing Arts Administrator currently based in Dover, NJ. He graduated with a B.S. in Theatre from SUNY College at Oneonta and has worked for companies such as The Purple Rose Theatre Company, Capital Repertory Theatre, and the Tony Award Winning McCarter Theatre Center. Until recently, he worked for Work Light Productions where he served as the Assistant General Manager for the National Tours of Bandstand and Irving Berlin's White Christmas. 

Sam Norman

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Sam Norman is an English rhymester. His work has been produced and/or developed at the Lincoln Center, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Alleyway Theater, Irvington Theater, the Edinburgh Fringe, the Guildford School of Acting, the Keble O’Reilly Theatre and the Burton Taylor Studio, as well as on a range of podcasts. As a teenager, Sam authored a book of comic poems, A Teen’s Guide to Modern Manners (Little, Brown), which was warmly reviewed by Buzzfeed and The Huffington Post. He is a graduate of Oxford University and NYU Tisch, where he received an MFA in Writing Musical Theatre.

https://www.samuelnorman.com 

Erika Ji

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Erika Ji is a Chinese-American cross-genre composer and storyteller. Her work has been featured off-Broadway and around the world by the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, the Nadia Boulanger Institute, the Musical Theatre Factory at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, and Broadway's Future Songbook at Lincoln Center. She and Clare Bierman were winners of the 2021 New Voices Project for their immersive circus experience, VISARE. As a conductor, pianist, and vocalist, Erika has performed at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco and on national TV for CBS Sunday Morning.

 

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Sinan Usta

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Sinan Usta is a New York based performer, writer and composer from Istanbul, Turkey. They made their Off-Broadway performing and writing debut in Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre’s Village Song with their original song "Zero Irving." Their music video "Politics of the Future" has been featured in Diversity Art Festival, and their song "For Our Generation" has taken place in the digital song-cycle "Creativity Is Not Canceled." Most recently, Sinan performed in "STARSONG" (written by Erika Ji & Andrew Strano) as part of Global Forms Theatre Festival 2021. Sinan is a recent graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where they earned their MFA in the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Sinan is also one of the selected graduates of UNESCO International University for Intercultural Leadership, holding the title of Youth Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue and Peace.

Andrew Strano

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Andrew Strano (they/them) is an Australian lyricist, playwright, director and performer. Their debut full length show, "Nailed It!" (written with Loclan Mackenzie-Spencer) won the Greenroom Award for Best Original Songs, and toured globally to 5-star reviews, including a sold out Edinburgh fringe run, and appearing at the 2016 Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

Other full works include the new musical "Jack of Two Trades" written with composer Lucy O’Brien as the inaugural Jeannie Pratt Artists in Residence, ”Skin” a new musical written with Yuriko Shibata and featured on The Latest Draft a new musical theatre podcast, and "Voyagers", a musical written with Loclan Mackenzie-Spencer, and commissioned by the Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre with the support of a City of Melbourne 2020 arts grant.

A 2008 graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts ’musical theatre (performance) and the M.A. (Writing for Performance) (2016), Andrew has since been awarded the 2019 Victorian Fulbright Scholarship, the 2020 Schubert scholarship, a major Mike Walsh Fellowship, a PPCA performer’s trust foundation grant, the George Fairfax Memorial Award in and an American Australian Association Arts Fund Grant, and completed their MFA at the NYU Tisch graduate musical theatre writing program.

Since graduating, they’ve received a New York City Artist’s Corps grant to develop new work, and have seen their pieces “STARSONG”, “Anticipation” and “Space” premiered Off Broadway at Rattlestick playwright’s theater, with “Space” also selected for inclusion in the Lincoln Centre’s “Broadway’s Future Songbook”.

Earl Marrows

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Earl Marrows is an Australian composer, director, writer and actor and a recent graduate from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Since relocating to the United States Earl has engaged in a number of Artistic endeavours stateside before and during the Covid pandemic including: Writing for the On Hope: Digital Song Cycle (Developed in collaboration with The Other Palace), placing in Runner Up in the Mercury Theatre Songwriting competition and working with Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre. His work has recently been selected to be a part of the Lincoln Centre Library “Broadway’s Future Songbook”.  Prior to moving to New York City Earl completed a Bachelor of Arts and Music double degree with Honours at Monash University in Melbourne majoring in performance and musical composition.  In his final semester Earl won the Monash University and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) Pizzicato Effect Composition Prize and subsequently had his work performed by the MSO and Pizzicato Effect ensemble. Earl’s first full-length musical theatre piece “Holloway: A New Musical” was staged in October of 2018 at Monash Uni Student Theatre and sold out every performance over a two week run. He is  part of comedy musical theatre writing duo Marshall and Marrows whose two original musicals “Pining for Affection: A Tree Musical” and “Tone Death: A Ghost Musical” enjoyed full seasons as part of both the Melbourne Fringe Festival and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in both 2018 and 2019. He collaborated with the Red Stitch Actors Theatre in 2019 composing music for the Australian premiere of Will Eno’s Wakey Wakey Earl has also written for television with his work appearing every Friday at 6pm for most of 2017 on ABC’s hit sports talk-show “Sideliners”.