DGF National Fellow - Musical Theater

Joe Barsanti

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Joe Barsanti (he/him) identifies as a queer and autistic Composer, Lyricist, and theatre artist currently living in Philadelphia. He studied composition in Chicago after graduating high school and later received a B.A. in Vocal Performance and Theatre. Joe studied composition with Dr. Eliza Brown, Dr. Ilya Levinson, and Dr. Drew Baker, orchestration with Dr. Ken Kumpf, musical theatre writing with Phil Kern, and lyric writing with Adam Gwon and Marcy Heisler. His first musical, Oak Island, was produced by American Lives Theatre and had a staged workshop performance in 2022. While musical theatre writing is his passion, he also explores other ways we use music to supplement or enhance a story. Joe has written original music for plays, as well as theme songs for several podcasts, and has had his music license for independent films. He is the resident composer for the Roll Gay Role Play Network and works as a freelance vocal arranger, educator, orchestrator, and music engraver.  For more information visit www.joebarsanti.com.

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