ARON ACCURSO (Composer/Music Director/sometimes Lyricist) Original shows include: THE DOGS OF PRIPYAT, with DG Fellow, Jill Abramovitz and Leah Napolin (NAMT, Jerry Bock Award, Weston Award, Festival of New Artists at Goodspeed); a comedy with puppets about immigration, SEEING RED, with Joey Mazzarino (TRU); a mental health musical, with Rachel Griffin (DG Fellow and his wife), WE HAVE APPLES, (Theatre Now NY); and STREGA NONA (Atlantic for kids, national tour). BMI Workshop (Harrington Award), Dramatist Guild Fellow, Johnny Mercer colony. Choral commissions include University of Michigan, Colorado Children’s Chorale (with DG Fellow Adam Overett), Tennessee All-State Choir. Associate Music Director for ALADDIN (Broadway). Incidental Arranger/Music Director for UP HERE, by Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (La Jolla) and CALVIN BERGER by Barry Wyner. Other Broadway: SISTER ACT, NICE WORK…, THE LITTLE MERMAID, and BILLY ELLIOT. During the pandemic Aron and his wife started a YouTube channel, SONGS FOR LITTLES, which now has over 18 million views, so now he is an amateur puppeteer as well. He loves to sing and spent most of college singing in his a cappella group or in choir.
Composer Jeff Thomson is a recipient of the Jonathan Larson Award. His original musical, Trails was featured at the 2010 Los Angeles and New York Musical Theatre Festivals winning him the NYMF award for excellence in music, as well as the Stage Entertainment Development Award. Other projects include Jawbreaker, Pump Up the Volume, and The Oliver Experiment. He was commissioned by Broadway Across America to compose the music for MadLibs Live! and most recently he was selected to write the music for an upcoming animated feature film for Amazon Studios.
The Oliver Experiment
with book & lyrics by Sammy Buck
As a lyricist Jordan Mann has garnered a Jonathan Larson Award. In 2011, he co-wrote the opening number for the BC/EFA Easter Bonnet and his songs have been performed by some of Broadway’s hottest stars including Megan Hilty, Tracie Thoms, Diana DeGarmo and Julia Murney. His song “Summerfling” received a 2012 MAC Nomination for Best Song. His original musical Trails has been presented to in Los Angeles, New York, Seattle and most recently Japan.
Adam’s musicals Ordinary Days, Cloudlands, and The Boy Detective Fails have been produced at Roundabout Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Signature Theatre, and around the globe. His songs have been performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and more, by such luminaries as Audra McDonald and Kelli O’Hara. Honors include the Kleban, Ebb, and Loewe awards, Second Stage Theatre’s Donna Perret Rosen Award, Weston Playhouse’s New Musical Award, ASCAP Harold Adamson Award, MAC John Wallowitch Award. Recordings: Ordinary Days (Ghostlight), Audra McDonald’s Go Back Home (Nonesuch), Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project.
See www.adamgwon.com for upcoming performances.
The Boy Detective Fails (with Joe Meno)
Cloudlands (with Octavio Solis)
Bernice Bobs Her Hair (with Julia Jordan)
String (with Sarah Hammond)
People Like Us
The Honest-to-God True Story of the Athiest
Conference With the Bull
Talk of the Walk-Up
Heaven’s Distinct Shore
Angry Young Man
Colin McKenna is a New York-based playwright. His plays include The Secret Agenda of Trees (Cherry Lane Mentor Project, The Wild Project NYC), Parking Lot Lonely Heart (Boomerang Theatre, NYC), Pastures of Plenty (La MaMa ETC, NYC), Any-Body (Actors Theatre of Louisville) and Last Horseman. Colin’s plays have been developed at Cherry Lane, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and the Dramatists Guild, where he was a Dramatist Guild Playwrighting Fellow. Colin was named The National Theatre Conference’s Stavis Award for Outstanding Emerging Playwright for his play The Secret Agenda of Trees, which also won The John Golden Playwriting Award, The Goldberg Prize at NYU, and was selected as a finalist by Edward Albee for the Yale Drama Series. He holds degrees from Fordham University, Columbia University, and NYU Tisch, where he earned an MFA in Dramatic Writing and was awarded the Goldberg Playwrighting Fellowship and full scholarship. Colin is currently at work on a new play, Cold Snap.
SARAH HAMMOND (book & lyrics) is a playwright and musical theatre writer originally from South Carolina. Her plays include Green Girl (SPF ’08 at The Public); House on Stilts (South Coast Rep Commission); Kudzu (Trustus); and others. Sarah’s musicals are String, Barefoot Persephone, and Pete the Cat (Theatreworks USA). She has been honored to receive a seven-year New Dramatists residency, the Lippmann Family “New Frontier” Award, Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Heideman Award, commissions from Broadway Across America and EST Sloan, and a residency at The Royal National Theatre in London. Her musical String, written with Adam Gwon, has won the Richard Rodgers Award, the Weston New Musical Award, and New Dramatists’ Loewe Award. Her current musical projects are Wind-Up Girl (Ars Nova Uncharted) and Jenny Talks to Aliens (EST Sloan commission), both with composer Will Aronson. MFAs: U. Iowa Playwriting and NYU Musical Theatre Writing.
House on Stilts
The Extinction of Felix Garden
Info at: http://newdramatists.org/sarah-hammond-0
String (music and lyrics by Adam Gwon)
Barefoot Persephone (music by Cheeyoung Kim)
Hum of the Arctic (available on Playscripts)
People Are Dancing: a musical (music by Benny Gammerman)
Jack + Jill: a musical (music by Emily Goldman)
Alexis Clements is a playwright and arts writer based in Brooklyn, NY. An alum of the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab and a former Dramatists Guild Fellow, she has been awarded grants from the Puffin Foundation and the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, as well as the Washington Theatre Festival Literary Prize. Her creative work has been produced and published in both the US and the UK, and she her play Conversation appears in the anthology Out of Time & Place. Her arts writing has appeared in publications such as Salon, Bitch, American Theatre, and Nature, and she regular contributes to Hyperallergic.
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