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2024 Writers and Musicals

24 writers of 9 new musicals are joining us for 9 sequential week-long residencies to focus solely on writing their musical.

RAMI AND JALIYAH

Jun 23 - Jun 30

The Q Collective: Jackson Doran, Gregory Qaiyum, Jeffrey Qaiyum, and Postell Pringle 

with Lead Support by Steve and Paula Reynolds

SKYWARD: AN ENDLING ELEGY

Jun 30 - Jul 7

Truth Future Bachman, with Lead Support

by Molly McEneny

WHAT'S EATING GILBERT GRAPE

Jul 7 - Jul 14

Sydney Shepherd, Peter Hedges, Regina Strayhorn, Adrian Blake Enscoe, and

Christopher Sears

with Lead Support by The ASCAP Foundation

Bart Howard Fund

YOKO'S HUSBAND'S KILLER'S JAPANESE WIFE, GLORIA

Jul 14 - Jul 21

Brandy Hoang Collier, Erika Ji, and Clare Fuyuko Bierman, with Lead Support by Liz Armstrong

OFF SEASON

Jul 21 - Jul 28

Derek Gregor and Selda Sahin,  with Lead Support by The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund

LIGHTHOUSE

Jul 28 - Aug 4 

Abs Wilson and Veronica Mansour, with Lead Support by Liz and Bill Mills 

UNTITLED DEAD FRIEND MUSICAL

Aug 4 - Aug 11

Andy Roninson and Sean McVerry, with Lead Support by National Foundation for Musical Theater

BLACK GIRL IN PARIS

Aug 11 - Aug 18

AriDy Nox and Jacinth Greywoode, with Lead Support by Paul Feuerman and Bruce Grivetti

SOMEONE OVER THE RAINBOW

Aug 18 - Aug 25

Ken Savage, Jessia Hoffman and Kyle Ewalt, with Lead Support by The Noël Coward foundation, in honor of Geoffrey Johnson

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The Q Brothers Collective

The Q Brothers Collective: Jackson Doran, Gregory Qaiyum, Jeffrey Qaiyum, Postell Pringle


RAMI AND JALIYAH
 

June 23 - Jun 30

Show Synopsis

Verona is an underserved neighborhood in a large American city.  It's a neighborhood we all know or you've read about.  The Motiwallas run the corner store.  The Carters run the barber shop.  The families hate each other vehemently but when their kids Rami Motiwalla and Jaliyah Carter meet, they fall immediately deeply in love.  Their passion for each other triggers a chain reaction that will change their neighborhood and families forever.  But can it change the world?   

Q BROTHERS COLLECTIVE: JACKSON DORAN, GREGORY QAIYUM, JEFFREY QAIYUM, POSTELL PRINGLE (Creators, Writers, Composers) 

Q Brothers are an Emmy-winning creative team, internationally known for their hip hop adaptations of the classics, including OTHELLO: THE REMIX, FUNK IT UP ABOUT NOTHIN' (Much Ado), DRESS THE PART (Two Gents), Q BROTHERS CHRISTMAS CAROL, MS. ESTRADA (Lysistrata), ROME SWEET ROME (Julius Caesar), LONG WAY HOME (The Odyssey), and more. The collective includes members GQ, JQ, Jackson Doran, and Postell Pringle, who perennially freestyle and perform songs from their LP, BUGGIN’, at the family-friendly stages of Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits.  www.qbrothersofficial.com  

@qbrothers1 

RAMI
SKYWARD
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Truth Future Bachman

Truth Future Bachman


SKYWARD: AN ENDLING ELEGY
 

Jun 30 - July 7

Show Synopsis

Aria is a seasoned birder on the brink of a new discovery. After sighting a flock of rare birds during a great migration, she recognizes each as an extinct species. Even more curious are the physical shifts in Aria's body as the flock's ghostly birdsongs awaken an avian adaptation that transforms her life forever. SKYWARD: AN ENDLING ELEGY is the next installment of a of queer/trans superhero saga called SHAPESHIFTERS. Weaving gender-fluidity, the natural world, sci-fi superhero parables, and musical theater - SKYWARD is a soaring vision for the first and last of our kind. 

TRUTH FUTURE BACHMAN (Book, Music, Lyrics) is a "rising-star nonbinary composer" (Playbill), vocalist, and writer of socially focused musicals. "[M]usically and vocally rich" (NYTimes), Truth is praised for "golden-voiced, soulful vocals" (Vulture). They were recently featured in Runners World and Teen Vogue. Select original musicals: SKYWARD: AN ENDLING ELEGY (Lincoln Center, FIPAP), LUNA & THE STARBODIES (Lincoln Center, Powerhouse), HORSEMANSHIP (Princeton Arts Fellowship), SHAPESHIFTERS (MTF, The Delacorte), FARMED: A LIVE PODCAST ALBUM (WNYC, Twenty Summers, Joe's Pub). Truth is an artist in residence at La MaMa E.T.C. and alum of New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio, Joe's Pub Working Group, and Rhinebeck Writers Retreat. 2023 Frank Young grantee and 2023 Jonathan Larson Award Finalist. As a visiting artist, Truth facilitates at NYU Tisch, Williams College, and Princeton. In 2024, Truth will run four of the six Abbott World Major marathons! 

GILBERT GRAPE
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Sydney Shepherd
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Adrian Blake Enscoe
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Peter Hedges
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Regina Strayhorn
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Christopher Sears

Sydney Shepherd, Peter Hedges, Regina Strayhorn, Adrian Blake Enscoe, and Christopher Sears

WHAT'S EATING GILBERT GRAPE

July 7 - July 14

Show Synopsis

Just about everything in Endora, Iowa (pop. 1,009) is eating Gilbert Grape, a twenty-four-year-old grocery clerk who dreams only of leaving. His mother, once the town sweetheart, has been eating nonstop ever since her husband's suicide. Along with loyal older sister Amy and angst-ridden little sister Ellen, Gilbert prepares for the eighteenth birthday of his neurodivergent little brother, Arnie, who is a living miracle just for having survived so long. When a mysterious beauty glides through town on a bicycle and rides circles around Gilbert, he begins to see a new vision of his family and himself. 

PETER HEDGES’ (Book) first novel What’s Eating Gilbert Grape was the basis for the 1993 film, which he also wrote. Hedges’ screenplays include co-adapting Nick Hornby’s “About a Boy” (Oscar® nomination). Hedges has written and directed five films: “Pieces of April”, “Dan in Real Life”, “The Odd Life of Timothy Green”, “Ben is Back”, which starred Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges, and “The Same Storm”. Hedges’ plays include IMAGINING BRAD (Circle Rep), BABY ANGER (Playwrights Horizons), GOOD AS NEW (MCC Theater), and THE GIRL IN PINK (Atlantic Theater Company.) He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, the poet Susan Bruce. 

 

SYDNEY SHEPHERD (Lyrics, Music) is an actor, singer, songwriter, cellist, and multi-instrumentalist. She most recently played Lizzie Borden in the rock musical LIZZIE. Other selected stage: Broadway: FIRST DATE, Regional: AUGUST RUSH (Lyla). Selected TV/Film: “Red Dead Redemption II”, Netflix’s “Ask the Storybots”. Sydney is 1⁄3 of the critically acclaimed band Bandits on The Run. They’ve released several albums, toured internationally, scored films, written songs for Netflix, and played festivals like The NPR Tiny Desk Tour and Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix. Sydney is a longtime collaborator of actor/musician Christopher Sears, and originated the role of The Moon in Sears’ MOONCHILDREN Opera. She’s currently working with the Bandits, Sears, and writer/director Peter Hedges on a new stage musical adaptation of WHAT’S EATING GILBERT GRAPE. 

 

ADRIAN BLAKE ENSCOE (Lyrics, Music | he/they) is a Brooklyn based actor/singer/songwriter and one third of indie rock trio Bandits on the Run, who have toured internationally, been featured on the NPR’s Tiny Desk, and produced songs for the likes of Netflix Animation and The Moth Podcast. Adrian is also known for starring opposite Hailee Steinfeld in the Peabody Award-winning series DICKINSON (Apple TV+), and for originating the role of Little Brother in “Swept Away”, the Avett Brothers musical that just finished a critically-acclaimed, box-office-record-breaking run at DC’s Arena Stage. 

 

CHRISTOPHER SEARS (Lyrics, Music) is an actor, singer, composer, piano player and painter in New York City. He comes from a family of theatre makers and is a proud member of Edie’s Fairytale Theatre. His latest role is Johnny in Leslye Headland’s CULT OF LOVE at Berkeley Rep. Christopher is currently working on his first opera, MOONCHILDREN with his sister, Sienna Sears and longtime collaborators Adrian Enscoe and Sydney Shepherd of Bandits on the Run. He is also currently developing a musical adaptation of WHAT’S EATING GILBERT GRAPE with writer Peter Hedges and Bandits on the Run. For more info go to his Instagram @christophersearsart 

 

REGINA STRAYHORN (Lyrics, Music | she/her) is a singer, songwriter, and casting professional based in Brooklyn, New York. She is a founding member of Bandits on the Run, an indie-folk-pop-americana outfit known for their vivacious performance style, genre-defying sound, soaring harmonies, and ability to make music-magic happen everywhere from subway platforms to concert halls. They've appeared at at the Cambridge Folk Festival, Sundance, Floydfest, Summerfest Milwaukee, Americanafest, the F1 Singapore Grand Prix, and more. Bandits on the Run are known for their custom compositions for TV, Film, Theater, and beyond. She is a graduate of University of North Carolina School of the Arts BFA Drama program. @banditsontherun // banditsontherun.nyc 

YOKO'S HUSBAND
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Erika Ji
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Brandy Hoang Collier
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Clare Fuyuko Bierman

Brandy Hoang Collier, Erika Ji, and Clare Fuyuko Bierman

YOKO'S HUSBAND'S KILLER'S JAPANESE WIFE, GLORIA

July 14 - July 21

Show Synopsis 

Did Yoko Ono really break up The Beatles? Was Gloria Abe Chapman somehow responsible for John Lennon’s murder? Why do all these egotistical white guys have Asian wives? That’s weird, right? These questions keep Ruby Okamoto up at night—literally. She finds herself in an insomniatic fever dream where hopes, fears, insecurities, and questions all manifest as real-life rockstars and movie monsters.  With her are five other Asian American women. They’ve all got advice for Ruby, ranging from helpful to problematic to downright bizarre. The six women push and pull each other through the collective dream in hopes of understanding their own hard-to-define-but-definitely-there connection to Asian America. 

CLARE FUYUKO BIERMAN (Lyrics) is a playwright and lyricist raised in a Japanese-Jewish home with some rabbits, a snake, and a bunch of finches. Her writing often involves ecological absurdism, campfire stories, made-up games, unexpected sea shanties, and proscenium-less playspaces. Recent: YOKO’S HUSBAND’S KILLER’S JAPANESE WIFE, GLORIA (commissioned by 5th Avenue Theater 2021, Civilians R&D 2022, Orchard Project Performance Lab 2023, O’Neill New Musical Theater Conference 2023, NAMT festival 2023, Vivace Award 2023) and CRY, WOLF (Commissioned by Washington National Opera 2023). Immersive work: VISARE (New Voices Winner 2020, Vivace Award Nomination 2021) and [untitled hat project] (NYFA grant 2021). She has participated in the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project, the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Play Festival, and Broadway’s Future Songbook Series. MFA New York University. 

BRANDY HOANG COLLIER (Book) is a New York-based poet, playwright, and problem-solver from deep in the heart of Texas who unravels conventions and incites chaos through her paradigm-shifting storytelling and general vibes. She studied at Texas A&M and NYU Tisch. In some ways, Collier identifies as mixed race, Asian-American, disabled, and queer. In other ways, she's just some guy. Selected works include YOKO’S HUSBAND’S KILLER’S JAPANESE WIFE, GLORIA (5th Avenue Theatre Commission, O’Neill NMTC, NAMT Festival, Vivace Award), The Blazing World (Polyphone Festival), and Red Flag (The Latest Draft Podcast). Collier is best known for hitting 62 home runs in a single season of Major League Baseball. Just kidding, that was Aaron Judge, whose game-used bat she got to hold one time. brandyhoangcollier.com 

 

ERIKA JI (Music) is a cross-genre composer-storyteller who loves soaring melodies, dream worlds, and stories that challenge our preconceptions about what is true, good, or worth wanting. Her work has premiered at places like Lincoln Center and The Public, and been supported by the National Music Theater Conference, National Alliance for Musical Theater, and New York Foundation for the Arts. Recent: YOKO'S HUSBAND'S KILLER'S JAPANESE WIFE, GLORIA (5th Avenue Theatre Commission, Civilians R&D, Orchard Project, O’Neill NMTC, NAMT Festival), VISARE (New Voices Winner), STARSONG (Rattlestick Theater), [untitled hat project] (NYFA), quartet project (NMTP Commission). Erika is a Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Artist, Vivace Award Winner, KHN Artist, Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriter, and NYU Tisch MFA Fellow. She performs on Broadway (KIMBERLY AKIMBO) and national TV (CBS Sunday Morning). 

OFF SEASON

Derek Gregor and Selda Sahin

OFF SEASON 
 
July 21 - July 28

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Derek Gregor and Selda Sahin

Show Synopsis

Seven months ago, Colin unexpectedly drowned in Provincetown while on vacation with his best friend, Oliver. The duo went together every summer—renting the same house every year.  Oliver returns to their favorite bar on the eve of Colin’s birthday seven months later hoping for some sort of closure. When Colin’s dad (Brady) walks into the empty bar, he and Oliver are forced to spend the evening together. Through flashbacks and present moments, Brady and Oliver work to discern what is real and what is the unfinished business they each have with Colin that lingers in their minds. 

SELDA SAHIN (Book, Lyrics) and DEREK GREGOR (Music) are an NYC-based writing team for the stage and screen. They wrote the original songs for the feature film AMERICAN REJECT (feat. Keala Settle, Angelica Hale, Rebecca Black, Annaleigh Ashford, Juvenile, Billy Ray Cyrus). Their musical MODERN following a group of Amish teens on Rumspringa was selected for both the “Grow A Show” ASCAP Workshop and the Stephen Schwartz ASCAP Workshop and is receiving further development around the country. Their musical PARTICLE (developed w/Autumn Reeser) was selected for Michigan State University’s Imagen program, and was developed further at Nazareth University in preparation for a workshop this fall. Their award-winning film GRIND (Anthony Rapp and Claire Coffee) is available for streaming. Derek’s musical UNLOCK’D had an extended Off-Broadway run at the Duke Theatre (NY Times-“Gorgeous”.) Selda received a commission from The Atlanta Opera for a new work to be premiered in their 2024/2025 season. 

LIGHTHOUSE
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Veronica Mansour

Abs Wilson and Veronica Mansour 

LIGHTHOUSE

 
July 28 - August 4

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Show Synopsis 

LIGHTHOUSE is a 6-women, fourth-wall-breaking pop country musical following our unreliable narrator "Bus," an 18 year old girl who wants nothing more than to escape her small Minnesota town.  But what Bus really wants to escape? Herself— and everything she fears she could become.  With a cast ranging from ages 18-73, LIGHTHOUSE explores anxiety and OCD, the lives of women in rural, conservative communities, and what it means to be yourself for the rest of your life. Ultimately, LIGHTHOUSE celebrates the idea that maybe, just maybe— every version of yourself is worth being. 

ABS WILSON (Book, Lyrics) is an NYC-based playwright/lyricist. She’s a Richard Rodgers Award winner (2024), selected writer for the Syracuse New Works New Voices program (2024), Write Out Loud Contest winner for her and Veronica Mansour's song “Runaway Girl" (2023), NMTC finalist & NAMT Playlist feature (2023), NAMT finalist (2023), Vanguard New Works Commission recipient (2023), THE SEVEN winner (2023), Olney Vanguard Arts Fund finalist (2023), and David Einhorn Prize finalist (2022). She’s had work done at Playwright’s Horizons, Paper Kraine, the Tank, the Brick, Fusion Theater, St. Olaf College, and Syracuse University, with songs performed at 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, the Composers Concordance Marathon, and a play published in Some Scripts Literary Magazine. She holds an MFA from NYU Tisch’s Musical Theater Writing Program. 

  

VERONICA MANSOUR (Music) is a composer/lyricist/artist.  She is a 2024 Richard Rodgers Award Winner and Jonathan Larson Grant winner, recently nominated for a Marvin Hamlisch International Music Award, selected for DreamWorks Theatricals, MTI & NBCUniversal Emerging Writers Program (HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON JR), and a 2023 Write Out Loud Contest Winner (“Runaway Girl”).  Current works: LIGHTHOUSE (Eugene O'Neill NMTC Finalist 2023, Syracuse NWNV 2024, Olney Theatre Center Vanguard Arts Fund Finalist 2023, New York Theatre Barn New Works Series 2023, Vanguard Theater New Works Festival Commission 2023, St. Olaf College World Premiere 2024, NAMT Finalist/Playlist) and The Dark Lady (2023 NMTC Winner Eugene O'Neill, Syracuse NWNV Finalist, Musical Theatre West New Works Festival, 2024 Johnny Mercer Writers Grove at Goodspeed Musicals, 2024 South Carolina New Play Festival).   

UNTITLED DEAD FRIEND MUSICAL

Andy Roninson and Sean McVerry

UNTITLED DEAD FRIEND MUSICAL 


August 4 - August 11

Show Synopsis

At 21, musician Andy Roninson received a phone call that Kyle McCarren died. Kyle was the guitarist in his rock band, his best friend, and an asshole. Andy himself sits at the piano to grapple with the legacy of a complicated dude– who then materializes, guitar in hand. In this 90-minute musical/concert/séance, Andy encounters Kyle’s family and loved ones at the funeral, hearing stories that redefine his own chaotic friendship with the deceased. It sounds like a bummer, I promise it’s not. 

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Andy Roninson
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Sean McVerry

ANDY RONINSON (Book, Music, Lyrics) is a composer, lyricist, orchestrator, screenwriter, and music director. Awards, etc: Jonathan Larson Grant, Dramatists Guild Fellow, Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project, JMF Grove at Goodspeed, BMI Workshop (Sherman Scholarship, Harrington Award). Creator first-ever ten-minute musical podcast TAKE A TEN-- 2x Best Musical at Sound Bites, City Theatre National Award, Winner Samuel French OOBSP Festival, published by MTI and Concord, productions worldwide. Writer/orchestrator SOVIET REBEL GIRL, the musical (54 Below, Green Room 42 dir. Kimberly Senior) and screenplay (International PAGE Awards - Silver Prize). Orchestrations for Netflix, Atlantic Theater, Beat by Beat Press, Little Tikes, and more. MD for Norbert Leo Butz, Kate Baldwin, etc. Hear songs at AndyRoninson.com. Or if you're under 30, @Andy_Roninson on TikTok ("Small Moments in Big Musicals''). 

 

SEAN MCVERRY (Music, Lyrics) is a singer-songwriter, producer and engineer based in Brooklyn, New York. His solo music has amassed over 5M streams across the internet and has been featured on NBC, CBS, Adult Swim, and various other networks. He also has appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and toured nationally with artists such as Karen O, Danger Mouse, and Aurora. He has toured his own albums nationwide and continues to grow a steady following on TikTok, creating short songs and short form videos. 

BLACK GIRL IN PARIS
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AriDy Nox
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Jacinth Greywoode

AriDy Nox and Jacinth Greywoode


BLACK GIRL IN PARIS


August 11 - August 18

Show Synopsis

A musical within a folktale within a ritual, BLACK GIRL IN PARIS is all about Sally Hemings, a fourteen-year-old enslaved black woman from Virginia who, by a twist of fate, suddenly finds herself in Paris, France. With the French Revolution fast approaching and her slave master looming in the background, Sally must figure out just how much she is willing to give up for a chance at freedom. Luckily she is not alone: An ensemble of Ancestors surround her, acting as both community members and advisors, applauding and chiding her in equal measure. Full of defiant joy, this show explores one of the most pressing questions of our age: What does it truly mean to be free?  

ARIDY NOX (Book, Lyrics) is a multi-disciplinary black femme storyteller with a variety of forward-thinking creative works under their belt. They create out of the vehement belief that creating a liberated future requires a radical imagination. Their tales are offerings intended to function as small parts of an ancient, expansive, awe-inspiring tradition of world-shaping created by black femmes and with black femmes at the center.  As a graduate of the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at Tisch School of the Performing Arts at NYU, they have been inordinately privileged to share the workings of their imagination in collaboration with a vast array of inspiring and supportive artists of various radical backgrounds throughout the country. 

 

JACINTH GREYWOODE (Music) is a Brooklyn-based composer and music director. Compositional credits include BLENDED HARMONY (History Theater), HOW TO BREAK (Village Theatre), IRON JOHN (Irish Arts Center, Richard Rodgers Finalist, NAMT Winner), and BLACK GIRL IN PARIS (Joe’s Pub, NMTC Finalist). As MD: Orchestrations and music direction for I CAN GET IT FOR YOU WHOLESALE at Classic Stage (Lucille Lortel nomination for Best Revival) and for Leslye Headland’s CULT OF LOVE at Berkeley Rep. Jacinth also served as Associate Music Director for the critically acclaimed New York City Center Encores! revival of JELLY’S LAST JAM and Music Consultant and Arranger for Charles Fuller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama A SOLDIER’S PLAY, (2020 Tony nomination for Best Revival of a Play). BA in Music, Princeton; MFA, GMTWP at NYU Tisch; PhD in Composition, Stony Brook. www.jacinthgreywoode.com

SOMEONE OVER THE RAINBOW

Ken Savage, Jessia Hoffman and Kyle Ewalt


SOMEONE OVER THE RAINBOW


August 18 - 25

Show Synopsis

On a fundamental level, all humans want to find love – and because romance, sex, and partnership are paramount in our lives, we’re naturally obsessed with watching people date. SOMEONE OVER THE RAINBOW is a new super queer reality dating show musical (yes, you read that right!). Set to the discography of dance/pop band Kyven and inspired by Sondheim’s Company, this new musical invites audiences to choose whether or not there really is some ONE or MANY over the rainbow. 

KEN SAVAGE (Co-conceiver | he/him) is a queer, first-generation, Asian American producer and director originally from San Francisco and now living in Napa. Ken was the Associate Producer at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and American Conservatory Theater where he has produced and/or directed over 50 productions and new scripts. Other theaters: Ars Nova, NY Theatre Barn, CalShakes, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, The Public Theater, Arena Stage, Playwrights Foundation, Crowded Fire Theater, Feinstein's at The Nikko, Z Space, Manchester International Festival. New musicals in development: GRAVITY: A NEW(TONIAN) MUSICAL (O’Neill Finalist, 2017) and Rachel Lark’s COMING SOON: A NEW ROCK MUSICAL. Education: Stanford University. Currently he is the Director of Events for Festival Napa Valley, bringing together his love for food, wine, and music. Kensavageproductions.com  

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Ken Savage
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Jessia Hoffman
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Kyle Ewalt

KYLE EWALT (Co-conceiver, Lyrics, Music | he/him) is a composer, lyricist and recording artist writing for musical theater, ballet and dance/pop.  He’s written seven musicals, five with playwright Michael Ian Walker including BROMANCE, produced Off West End at The Other Palace in London.  Ewalt’s musical MEET THE VOYAGERS was produced virtually in 2021 and featured live music via actors in multiple geographies. Kyle is the lyricist/vocalist for the dance pop duo Kyven with Steven Shewbrooks having released several albums of electronic music featured in television shows, in-store/in-product compilations and commercials and he’s written lyrics for the last seven Broadway Bares NYC finale numbers.  Kyle is a graduate of Berklee College of Music having studied songwriting and vocal styles with Cheryl Bentyne of the Manhattan Transfer. 

 

JESSIA HOFFMAN (Co-conceiver, Book | she/her) is a writer, performer, experience designer, and entrepreneur based in San Francisco. By day, Jessia leads On Deck Workshops – her creative consultancy that utilizes improv to impact company culture. By night, she runs dynamic dating events with Tempo – her passion project to help single folks find love. In her creative career, favorite credits include: Carolyn in THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley); Tracy in HAIRSPRAY (Stanford); Dot/Marie in SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE (Stanford); improviser with Polite Society Players; writer of SHEILA, an original play; co-creator of GRAVITY: A NEW(TONIAN) MUSICAL (O’Neill Finalist, 2017); co-creator of SOMEONE OVER THE RAINBOW (Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, 2023). Education: Stanford University. www.jessiahoffman.com 

FINALISTS 2024

2024 Finalists

 

BUILT FOR THIS, Kira Stone, Lauren Gunderson
ESPERANZA RISING: THE MUSICAL, Jimena Caballero, Emma Cordray
THE HURRICANE, Cory Hinkle, Carla Patullo
THE LAST BABUSHKA, Amy Wheeler, Natalie Nowytski
LOST SHANGHAI, Richard Caliban, Angel Lam
THE MAINLANDERS, Kalani Queypo, Chadwick Johnson
REMEMBER EMMIE WEST, Martin Storrow, Dan Diaz
SAVAGE – THE UNCONQUERABLE WANDA SAVAGE, Nicolette Blount, Lindel Hart
THE TURNING, Zack Zadek
UNLEASHED, Chris Recker, Ben Moss, Tony Oblen
UNTITLED UFO MUSICAL, Dylan Glatthorn, Will Lacker

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