CLARICE ASSAD: Clarice Assad is a composer, arranger, producer, pianist and vocalist. A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Clarice has performed professionally since the age of seven. She holds and Bachelor of Music degree from the Roosevelt University, in Chicago IL and a Masters degree in Composition from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Assad is the recipient of such awards as the Aaron Copland Award, several ASCAP awards, Meet The Composer’s Van Lier Fellowship, the Franklin Honor Society, as well as a nomination from the Latin Grammy Foundation for best contemporary composition. She has been commissioned by Carnegie Hall, Fundação OSESP, the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, Concordia Chamber Players, the Albany Symphony, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra and the New Century Chamber Orchestra, to name a few. Her compositions and arrangements have been recorded on Sony Classical, Universal Music, NSS Music, Nonsuch, Chandos Records, Telarc and Rob Digital in Brazil and have been published in France (Editions Lemoine), Germany (Trekel), Criadores do Brazil (Brazil) and in the United States (Virtual Artists Collective). As a performer, Assad has received acclaim for her performances of both original compositions and her own arrangements of popular Brazilian songs and jazz standards. Assad sings in Portuguese, French, Italian and English, but thrives in exploring the voice as an instrument, creating a vast array of innovative extended techniques. Residence: New York City. Website
ELIZABETH LIM: The music of Elizabeth Lim has been called “driving” (The New York Times), “impressive, witty, sweetly melodic, truly with a voice of its own” (The Harvard Crimson). An avid composer of choral music, Elizabeth was recently named a winner of the Edwin Fissinger Choral Composition Prize, the American Prize in Choral Composition, and the Manhattan Choral Ensemble’s Composition Competition. Elizabeth is currently a doctoral candidate at the Juilliard School, were she studied with Robert Beaser and Samuel Adler. She completed her undergraduate studies at Harvard University, where she was awarded the 2008 Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts and was recognized as one of “Fifteen Most Promising Seniors in the Arts.” Her works have been widely performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, by ensembles such as the Berkeley Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Harvard Bach Society Orchestra, Palo Alto Youth Chamber Orchestra, New Amsterdam Singers, VocalEssence, WomenSing, Ghostlight, Wicker Park Choral Singers, the International Orange Choral of San Francisco, and Wild Rumpus Music Ensemble, among others. Her works have also been heard at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Sanders Theatre, the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, and Symphony Space. Residence: New York City. Website
EVAN MEIER: Evan Meier’s music has been performed throughout America and abroad. A native of Long Beach, CA, his work has been featured in performances by the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, the Great Noise Ensemble, the Capital City Symphony, the Nimbus Ensemble, Nicholas Photinos of eighth blackbird, the Calyx Quartet, the University of Maryland Percussion Ensemble, the Chapman University Wind Ensemble, and the Chapman University New Music Ensemble. His one-act chamber opera, The Last Act of Revolution, was presented by New York City Opera’s VOX Festival in the fall of 2012; it was premiered earlier that year by the University of Maryland Opera Studio. The New York Times described the opera as having “a very polished feel…the music firmly rooted in the drama.” Meier’s Fire Music for orchestra was selected for the Minnesota Orchestra’s 2013-2014 Composers Institute. His work has also been featured at several major festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, Music11, the Fontainebleau American Conservatory, and Opera From Scratch. Meier holds degrees from Chapman University (B.M.), California State University Northridge (M.M.), and the University of Maryland (D.M.A.). Former teachers include Mark Wilson, Liviu Marinescu, Shaun Naidoo, Jeffrey Holmes, and Sean Heim. While studying at the University of Maryland, Meier served as the artistic director of TEMPO, the university’s new music ensemble. Later, with pianist Thomas Hunter and composer Geoff Sheil, he founded The Radical Sound, a Maryland-based new music ensemble. In addition to his 2013-2014 residency with the American Lyric Theater, Meier will be Composer in Residence of the Youth Orchestra of Prince William County in Virginia. Residence: Silver Spring, MD. Website
KAMALA SANKARAM: Praised as “strikingly original” (NY Times), Kamala Sankaram has received commissions from Beth Morrison Projects, HERE Arts Center, Anthony Braxton’s Tri-Centric Orchestra, and Opera on Tap, among others. She was the recipient of a Jonathan Larson Award from the American Theatre Wing, and has received grants from the MAP Fund, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Meet the Composer, and the Asian Women’s Giving Circle, as well as residencies from the MacDowell Colony, the Watermill Center and the Hermitage. She was the 2011 Con Edison/Exploring the Metropolis Composer-in-Residence at the Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy. As a resident artist at HERE Arts Center, Kamala created Miranda, a steampunk murder mystery called “enjoyable, utterly original opera” (NY Post) and “among the very best theater achievements of 2012” (NYTheatre.com). Miranda was named winner of the New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical. Her new opera/theater work, Thumbprint, will premiere in January 2014 as part of the PROTOTYPE Festival. Known for her “coloratura fireworks” (NY Post) Kamala has appeared with the Philip Glass Ensemble, the Wooster Group, Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, and eighth blackbird, among others. She is the frontwoman of world music ensemble Bombay Rickey, and appears regularly with Opera on Tap’s New Brew and Anti-Social Music. She has recorded with Anthony Braxton (Trillium E: Braxton House), Phil Kline (Around the World in a Daze: Starkland Records), End (The Sick Generation: Hymen Records), Death Comet Crew (Dominatrix), and Anti-Social Music (The Future of Everything: Peacock Records). Residence: New York City. Website
ROB HANDEL: Rob Handel was a founding member of the playwrights’ collective 13P, which won four Obie Awards. He is a resident playwright at New Dramatists, and heads the dramatic writing program at Carnegie Mellon University. Recently, he wrote the libretti for a cycle of mini-operas produced by Opera Theater of Pittsburgh via a commissioning grant from Opera America. His latest play, A Maze, has been produced by New York Stage and Film, Rorschach Theatre (D.C.), and Just Theater (Berkeley). His work has been produced by Long Wharf Theatre, SPF, Target Margin, City Lights (San Jose), Curious Theatre (Denver), Theater Ninjas (Cleveland), and Half Moon (Poughkeepsie). Residencies include The Royal Court Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, The O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Soho Rep, Portland Center Stage, and Todd Mountain Theater Project. Honors include the Helen Merrill Award and the Whitfield Cook Award. Millicent Scowlworthy and Aphrodisiac are published by Samuel French. Rob studied at Williams College and with Paula Vogel at Brown University. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, poet Joy Katz, and their son. Residence: Pittsburgh, PA.
EM LEWIS: EM Lewis received the 2012 Fellowship in Playwriting from the New Jersey State Council for the Arts, the 2010‐2011 Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and both the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award for Song of Extinction and the Primus Prize for Heads from the American Theater Critics Association. Her plays have been produced around the world, and published by Samuel French. She is the Dramatists Guild representative for New Jersey. Recent productions include Song of Extinction at the Guthrie and Hostos College; Heads at Missouri Valley College; Talking to Westfield at Premiere Stages; and the world premiere of Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday at HotCity Theater. Upcoming productions include Heads at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, Reading to Vegetables at University of Washington, and the world premiere of True Story at Passage Theater in New Jersey. Current projects include an epic Antarctic adventure story called Magellanica: A New and Accurate Map of the World, an intimate two-person play called The Stone Languages, and The Gun Show. Lewis was born and raised in rural Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a while, and most recently was writing full-time in Princeton for the last three years. She currently lives on her family’s farm in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Residence: Monitor, OR. Website
JEROME A. PARKER: Jerome A. Parker is a Harlem-based, award-winning playwright from NYC (the Bronx). His plays have been seen at the Public Theater (Bliss), the Old Vic (Macbeth, Again!), the Cherry Lane (Homecoming Suite), BAAD! (Undetectable) and the Los Angeles Theater Center (House of Dinah) amongst others. Honors include the Lorraine Hansberry Award (Miracle on Monroe), Tim Robbins Award (Undetectable), fellowships with Old Vic/New Voices and the O’Neill Theater Center, a special citation from Freedom Train Productions as a Citizen Theater Artist and a 2011 Lark PONY nominee. He’s an alumnus of Williams College (BA), UCLA (MFA), Juilliard’s Professional Production Program, Prep for Prep 9, and the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group 2011. Most recently he served as the librettist and co-lyricist for Strange Fellowe (a jazz opera). For a workshop held in Los Angeles, he continued his collaboration with Andrew Russell, the Artistic Director of the Intiman Theatre, on the first act of this new musical project. And as a featured playwright in the Fire This Time Festival 2012-2013, Jerome had the 1st reading of his play Miracle on Monroe, which subsequently can be viewed on the web. Jerome is also the artistic director/producer of Emerge!, an online, live-streamed platform for theater artists of color. A member of THE GHOSTLIGHTS (a playwright collective), he also blogs for the Public Theater where he encourages an independent spirit. Residence: New York City.
NILOUFAR TALEBI: Niloufar Talebi is a writer, award-winning translator, and theater artist. She is the editor/translator of Belonging: New Poetry by Iranians Around the World (2008), and creator/performer of poetic video and stage works, Four Springs (2004), Midnight Approaches (2006), Love, Carnal and Divine (2009), and The Persian Rite of Spring (2010). She wrote the libretto for Atash Sorushan (Fire Angels) (2011) with music composed by Mark Grey for the 10th anniversary of 9/11 commissioned by Carnegie Hall, Cal Performances, Meet the Composer, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Talebi’s writing/performance art collaboration with Rosanna Gamson Worldwide’s Layla Means Night premieres at ODC Theater in San Francisco (November 2013). She is currently writing and will narrate Elegies of the Earth (May 2014) with composer Gity Razaz, an opera for VisionIntoArt’s FERUS Festival at the Stone Residency. Her requiem, Epiphany (2015/2016), created in collaboration with composer Paola Prestini and visual artist Ali Hossaini, will premiere in NYC. The New York Times calls her work, ‘Elegant.’ San Francisco poet laureate, Jack Hirschman said, ‘A cultural worker of the highest order, Niloufar does the bravest work, transforming not only the society from which she comes, but help change the society in which she lives.’ Residence: San Francisco, CA. Website
COMPOSERS – 2012-13 COMMISSIONS
For JEREMY HOWARD BECK, writing music is an integral, urgent part of a life lived in search of extremes, adventures, and adrenaline. Lifelong passions for roller coasters and gymnastics have lent his music intense, visceral physicality and emotional immediacy. His music has been performed across the country: at MYTHOS, a concert benefiting Education Through Music (Los Angeles, California), the Bang on a Can Summer Festival at MASSMoCA (Massachusetts), the International Trombone Festival (Austin, Texas), the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (Connecticut), and New York venues including The Cell, Galapagos Art Space, The Tank, and the Gershwin Hotel. He is the recipient of a 2011 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, and his first symphony, Metropolis, was awarded Honorable Mention in the 2010 ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize competition. Jeremy is a Co-Director of Detour, a modular new music ensemble, composer collective, and commissioning organization. He also serves on the board of directors of Choral Chameleon, a choir specializing in new music. An active trombonist, he recently performed with TILT Brass in Super Critical Mass’s Swelter at the Central Park Lake as part of Make Music New York, and performs regularly with the Chelsea Symphony and the Detour New Music Ensemble. He is the first Composer-in-Residence of the Guidonian Hand Trombone Quartet. Jeremy holds degrees from The Juilliard School (MM, ’10), where he studied with John Corigliano and Christopher Rouse, and NYU (BM, ’07), where he studied with Mark Adamo and Deniz Hughes. Jeremy joined the Composer Librettist Development Program in the 2011-12 season, during which he developed the one-act opera Another Sky with librettist Stephanie Fleischmann. He continues his collaboration with Fleischmann this season as they begin the development of The Long Walk. Website: www.jeremyhowardbeck.com
Composer and violinist JUSTINE F. CHEN has been the recipient of many prestigious awards and commissions. Native New Yorker, Ms. Chen has been commissioned and performed by New York City Ballet, The Juilliard School, New York Festival of Song, Washington Ballet, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Chants Libres (Montréal) and Tapestry New Opera (Toronto). She studied violin and composition at Juilliard’s pre-college division, and trained at the School of American Ballet. Among her principal composition teachers are Robert Beaser, David Diamond, and Andrew Thomas. She has written incidental music for numerous theatrical productions starting with Arthur Miller’s The Crucible at age sixteen. In 2001, her collaboration with digital artist Ye Won Cho, the short animation Trilemma, was screened at the Hiroshima Animation Festival, the New York Expo, and broadcast on PBS’s “Reel New York”. Chen’s studies of interactive computer music, which began in 1999, have resulted in the creation and performance of several interactive pieces, including her computer-enhanced chamber opera premiered at Juilliard. This chamber opera, The Maiden Tower, was also presented as a part of New York City Opera’s VOX: Showcasing American Composers in May 2006. In May 2008, scenes from her second opera, Jeanne, based on the life of Joan of Arc, were performed as part of NYCO’s VOX 2008 Showcase. Recent projects include a song cycle, Philomel, for soprano Jennifer Zetlan’s Marilyn Horne Foundation Recital; and a song for Elizabeth Futral for a concert presented by NYCO. In 2005, she completed her doctoral studies in composition at Juilliard, where she also earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in violin and composition. Recent studies include computer music studies at IRCAM and Bharatanatyam with Malini Srinivasan. She began her association with American Lyric Theater as a Resident Artist in the Composer Librettist Development Program during the 2010-11 season, during which he developed the one-act opera On the Origin with librettist Rochelle Bright. This season, she begins a new collaboration at ALT with librettist David Simpatico on a new opera about Alan Turing. Website: www.justinefchen.com
JEFFREY DENNIS SMITH is a composer, percussionist, and conductor specializing in music and sound for theatre, dance, film, and live performance. He is developing the musical Lightning Man with lyricists Shoshana Greenberg, Katya Stanislavskaya, Janet Allard, and bookwriter Maggie-Kate Coleman. It received a developmental production at the Tisch School of the Arts and will be presented as part of the ANT Festival in 2011 at Ars Nova. Jeffrey is also currently writing an opera with librettist Maggie-Kate Coleman entitled Lost Things. Jeffrey’s songs have been performed at NAMT New Works Summit, Laurie Beechman Theater, Project Footlight at Dixon Place, NEO5 at the York Theatre, Goodspeed, and the Daniel Arts Center at Simon’s Rock. His dance scores have been heard at the Cool New York 2009 and 2010 Dance Festivals, the 2009 DanceNOW [NYC] Festival, Joyce Soho, Dance Theatre Workshop and Duo Theater. Jeffrey’s music for film includes an animation by Tarik Cherkaoui that was presented at the 2010 Williamsburg International Film Festival and the Electric Pear Production’s Synthesia in 2010 at The Wild Project. He wrote incidental music and songs for Lucilla’s Story: A Play for Gabriel Mistral, which was produced at the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival. His piece Tiger Dance for marimba soloist and percussion ensemble will be performed at the 2011 Percussive Arts Society International Convention. As a percussionist, Jeffrey has performed with the Chicago-based performance group, Sonic Inertia, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, New Hampshire Music Festival, Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra and the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. He was also the first place winner of the 1996 Young Artist Competition of the Minnesota Orchestra. Jeffrey was a Visiting Guest Artist in percussion at the University of Northern Iowa in the fall of 2001, and is s a graduate of the Tisch Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program (MFA), Northwestern University (MM) and the University of Northern Iowa (BM). He has been a Resident Artist at American Lyric Theater since the fall of 2011, and is currently collaborating with David Johnston on Why is Eartha Kitt Trying to Kill Me? at ALT. Website: www.jeffreydennissmith.com
JORGE SOSA is a Mexican born composer who lives in New York City. Sosa received a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, a Masters of Music in Composition from Mannes College of Music, and a licentiate diploma from the Centro de Investigacion y Estudios de la Musica (C.I.E.M) in Mexico City. Sosa’s works, which are strongly influenced by ancient music, electro-acoustic music, and Latin American folk music, have been performed in Mexico, the United States, and Europe. He was one of the winners of the Chanticleer Student Composers Competition in 2006 with his choral work The Fly. His piece Capricho for Solo Violin was selected for the Washington Composer’s Forum Transport Concert Series in Seattle. Capricho has also enjoyed successful performances in Dublin, Paris, Boston, Philadelphia, Kansas City, New York, and Mexico City. In 2007, Sosa was the winner of the ‘Tonoi Ensemble’ Composition Competition with his piece Oak, Ivory and Silver, and his piece Bounce for solo sax was performed at Carnegie Hall. His electro-acoustic opera The Calling has been performed in Mexico City and was also staged at the H&R Block Theater in Kansas City, along with his opera/oratorio Tonatzin, which tells the story of the apparition of the Virgin of Guadalupe. His Refraction I was performed at the New York Electronic Music Festival in 2009 and is scheduled for performance at the 2010 ClarinetFest in Texas. Plastic Time was performed at the 2010 Foro de Música Nueva Manuel Enriquez at the Fine Arts Palace in Mexico City, and Ariel was premiered in London by the group, Rarescale, followed by performances at the 2010 New York Electronic Music Festival. Jorge is currently developing La Reina, a bilingual (Spanish/English) opera for electronic and acoustic performing forces under the auspices of American Lyric Theater’s Composer Librettist Development Program. Website: www.jorgesosa.com
LIBRETTISTS – 2012 COMMISSIONS
STEPHANIE FLEISCHMANN is a playwright and librettist/lyricist whose texts serve as blueprints for intricate three-dimensional sonic and visual worlds, encompassing non-traditional music-theater and installation. A “neo Emily Dickinson” (Backstage) and “a writer who can conjure something between a dreamy road movie and a theatrical coming-of-age tale, and who can piece these elements together in the style of a jagged ballad for guitar” (Chicago Sun Times), she is an alumnus of New Dramatists and a former Playwrights Center Core Writer. Her work has been performed internationally and across the U.S. Stephanie received a NYSCA Individual Artist Theater Commission for her libretto for the multimedia music-theater work, Red Fly/Blue Bottle, with music by Christina Campanella (Latitude 14/ HERE Arts Center, Noorderzon Festival, and EMPAC in Troy, NY). Other grants and awards include NEA Opera/Music-Theater commission (Far Sea Pharisee, music by Miki Navazio), two NYFA Fellowships, the Whitfield Cook Award (Eloise & Ray, New Georges, NYC, “Voice Season Highlight”; and Roadworks, Chicago), the Frederic Loewe Award (The Hotel Carter, music by Jenny Giering), and a grant from the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust (The Secret Lives of Coats, music by Christina Campanella; Playlabs, Whitman College). She has also enjoyed residencies at MacDowell, HARP, Hedgebrook, Mabou Mines/Suite, DPI, and the Chocolate Factory. Stephanie’s work for theater includes Hamlet Redux (Asolo Rep Conservatory), Omonia-3 (Athens, Greece), Tinder, a song cycle (Exit Festival, France), Tally Ho (Round House, Synchronicity), The Street of Useful Things (Act II), What the Moon Saw (Interart; Son of Semele), The World Speed Carnival (Soho Rep SummerCamp), The Wonder Seeker (Empty Space), Orpheus (music by Nikos Brisco; HERE), and lyrics (for over 60 songs) and dramaturgy for The Greeks 2 & 3 and The Americans, with composers John Pratt, Phil Roebuck and Jim White at Juilliard, with director Brian Mertes. She contributed texts to Austrian composer Olga Neuwirth’s ecstaloop and The Cartographer’s Song (Basel, Berlin, Graz, Stockholm, and the Aldeburgh Festival). Her work has been developed/presented at venues including: Prelude, The Public, Knitting Factory, BACA Downtown, Guthrie Lab, San Francisco Stage and Film, Hollywood Bowl, L.A. Theatreworks, New Theater Miami, Teatro dei Contrari, Rome, and more. She is published by Play, A Journal of Plays, Playscripts.com, and Smith and Krauss. She was a Tennessee Williams Fellow in Playwriting at Sewanee, and has taught at Bard College and the Playwrights Foundation. Stephanie currently teaches playwriting at Skidmore College. She holds an MFA from Brooklyn College (studied with Mac Wellman). She is also a New Georges affiliated artist and founding member of Latitude 14. Stephanie joined the Composer Librettist Development Program in the 2011-12 season, during which she developed the one-act opera Another Sky with composer Jeremy Howard Beck. She continues her collaboration with Jeremy this season as they begin the development of a new opera, The Long Walk.
DAVID JOHNSTON’s plays have been performed and read at the New Group, Moving Arts, the Neighborhood Playhouse, HB Playwrights Foundation and Ensemble Studio Theatre. He has had New York productions or his work with Blue Coyote Theater Group including, Conversations on Russian Literature, a new adaptation of The Oresteia (Time Out Best of 2007); Busted Jesus Comix (GLAAD nominee 2005, London, Los Angeles, DC Cap Fringe); A Bush Carol, or George Dubya and the Xmas of Evil, and Effie Jean in Tahiti (both with music and lyrics by Stephen Speights); Regional credits include The George Place (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater). Mr. Johnston has written many plays that were produced with Kevin Newbury as Director, including Candy and Dorothy (GLAAD winner 2006, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Unexpected Stage), and The Eumenides. Publications include Saturday with Martin (Short Plays to Long Remember, TnT), The Eumenides (Playing With Canons, New York Theatre Experience, Inc.), Leaving Tangier (Samuel French), A Funeral Home in Brooklyn, and A Lesson (Smith & Kraus.) Current projects include the upcoming premiere of Coney, and a film adaptation of his short play, Mothra is Waiting. Playwriting awards include Theater Oxford, Playwright Residency at the University of Cincinnati, a Berrilla Kerr Foundation Grant, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, and the Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation. He was also a New Dramatists finalist. Mr. Johnston attended the College of William and Mary and Circle in the Square and is a member of Actors Equity, Dramatists Guild, (publications committee) Charles Maryan’s Playwrights/Directors Workshop, BMI, and Blue Coyote Theater Group. He has been a Resident Artist at American Lyric Theater since the fall of 2011, and is currently collaborating with Jeffrey Dennis Smith on Why is Eartha Kitt Trying to Kill Me? at ALT.
LAURA SOSA PEDROZA is a bilingual Mexican screenwriter who has worked primarily in film and television. She is co-writer of En el país de no pasa nada, selected as the winner of the Best Movie category by the OCIC jury in Guadalajara’s Film Festival in 2000. She has participated in numerous TV shows as co-writer, including Todo por amor (TV Azteca-Argos, 2000); Momento de decision (Series TV Azteca-Argos, 1999); Ladrón de corazones (Telemundo-Argos, 2003); Corazón partido (Telemundo-Argos, 2005); Zapata, amor en rebeldía (Telemundo-Argos, 2006); Mientras haya vida (Azteca-Argos, 2007); Vivir sin ti (TV Azteca-Argos, 2008); Secretos del alma (TV Azteca, 2009); Las Aparicio (Cadena Tres-Argos, 2010); El sexo débil (Cadena Tres-Argos, 2011). She was head writer for Gitanas, a soap opera awarded best adaptation by the international FyMT in 2004, and was the story producer of the first season of Capadocia (HBO-Argos), which was nominated for best drama series in 2009 at the International Emmy Awards. She is also the author of several episodes of Capadocia on the first and second seasons. Laura is currently working on the production of the third season of Capadocia, as well as the libretto for her first opera, La Reina, with composer Jorge Sosa.
DAVID SIMPATICO playwright, has been presented at major theaters around the globe, including Lincoln Center, NYC Town Hall, the Hammersmith Apollo (London), Williamstown Theatre Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the New York Shakespeare Festival, and the New York Theatre Workshop. Using the safety net of comedy to explore life-and-death issues, his work examines man’s struggle to claim his place in a chaotic universe. Simpatico’s most recent work was the solo musical Whida Peru: Resurrection Tangle, with a score by Josh Schmidt (The Adding Machine), commissioned by Paulette Haupt, as part of the INNER VOICES festival. He and Schmidt have been commissioned to write Second Life, a solo companion piece, by the Music Theatre Company (Jessica Redish, Artistic Director). He has adapted both High School Musical 1 and 2 for the Disney national tour and international productions. He also worked with Franco Dragone and composer David Yazbek (The Full Monty) developing a circus/Dr. Seuss project. Simpatico has just finished Cruel Shoes, a new XXX backstage musical comedy with a score by Ross Patterson. His screenplay Mike’s Makover has been optioned by PicturePlay Films; Marylin Agrello (Mad Hot Ballroom) is set to direct. His music drama The Screams of Kitty Genovese, with music by Will Todd, recently completed sold-out runs at the Tete a Tete New Opera Festival in London, the Edinburgh Fringe Fest in Scotland, and back in 2006, at the New York Music Theatre Festival. Simpatico also received the Jonathan Larson Award for the Kitty libretto. David is a Featured Interview in the documentary Out in the City by George Hickenlooper. He was recently an Artist in Residence at Pace University, where he taught and led a staged reading workshop of his play Bad Blood. David graduated Northwestern University with a BS in Theater. He began his association with American Lyric Theater as a Resident Artist in the Composer Librettist Development Program during the 2010-11 season, during which he developed the one-act opera Seed with composer Gerald Cohen. This season, he begins a new collaboration at ALT with composer Justine Chen on a new opera about Alan Turing.
COMPOSERS – THE POE PROJECT
JAY ANTHONY GACH’S instrumental concert music has been critically acclaimed internationally. His compositions have been performed, recorded and broadcast internationally by ensembles including the Millenium Symphony Orch./Robert Ian Winstin, St. Paul Chamber Orch./Enrique Diemecke, Brooklyn Philharmonic/Lukas Foss, American Composers Orchestra/Paul Dunkel, National Italian Youth Orchestra/Vinko Globokar, City of London Sinfonia, Haydn Chamber Orchestra of London, the Britten Sinfonia Soloists, Vox Juventus Poland, the Gregg Smith Singers, and by solo artists including British pianist Ronan Magill, American clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, Canadian cellist Soo Bae and the soprano and tenor duo Grace Hart & Enzo Citarelli. He has received commissions and awards in over thirty national and international competitions including the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University, Astral Foundation (Pew-Bandy) of New York and Philadelphia, Frederick P. Rose Prize, Valentino Bucchi Concorsi Internazionale, Third British Contemporary Piano Music Competition, Delta Omicron Composition Prize, Dr. J. Howland Auchincloss Society for New Music Composition Prize, New York Foundation for the Arts, MacDowell Colony, Tanglewood Music Center (Bruno Maderna Fellowship), National Endowment for the Arts, et al. Between 1981 and 1999 he resided and worked throughout Europe returning to New York in 2000. In the summer of 2005 his music was featured at the Dubrovnik Music Festival, the Edinburgh Arts Festival, the Crested Butte Music Festival, and the Adirondack Music Festival. Mr Gach has written and conducted many arrangements and original scores for the educational and commercial media, including: The Selfish Giant, a children’s musical; A lot a’ Nerve Naomi Grubenstein, a ‘parve’ musical comedy; Nora at the Altar Rail, a one-act opera developed as a Resident Artist at American Lyric Theater; Legends from Bodmin Moor, a film; British Rail’s “Mind the Doors”, an advertisement; and The Hurlers, an animation film. In 2006 he was honored at an induction ceremony as a National Patron of the Delta Omicron Music Fraternity. Gach received his Ph.D in Music from State University of New York at Stony Brook, and was a Fellow London College of Music FLCM. His biography has appeared in Marquis ‘Who’s Who in America’ since 2006. Jay is currently writing Of the Flesh, with CLDP Resident Artist Librettist Royce Vavrek, as part of The Poe Project for American Lyric Theater. Website
JEFF MYERS draws inspiration from a wide variety of musical works, styles and genres, as well as visual art and natural phenomena, including Filipino kulintang music, works by M.C. Escher, overtone music, folk music and geographical narrative. By placing these diverse elements on a continuum, Myers is able to connect seemingly unrelated ideas into a single, expressive musical work with its own identity. His music has been played ensembles such as by L’Orchestre National de Lorraine, American Composers Orchestra, Ann Arbor Symphony, New York Youth Symphony, members of New World Symphony, University of Michigan Symphony Band, American Lyric Theater, Center City Opera, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Transit, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, and the JACK Quartet. Myers has received awards from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, BMI, as well as fellowships from the Aspen Festival, Tanglewood, Festival Acanthes, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and grants from institutions and private funds including the Jerome Foundation, American Music Center, Puffin Foundation, the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust, the Anna Sosenko Trust, and The Fromm Foundation. His music has been heard at Carnegie Hall, Library of Congress, Kimmel Center, Darmstadt, Gaudeamus, Symphony Space, Arsenal, Le Poisson Rouge, and the Tenri Cultural Institute. Myers holds degrees from San Jose State University, the Eastman School of Music and the University of Michigan. He has studied with numerous composition teachers, including William Bolcom, Martin Bresnick, Michael Daugherty, Betsy Jolas, Bright Sheng, and Allen Strange. Jeff currently resides in New York City where he works as a freelance composer, orchestrator and copyist. His operatic collaboration with fellow CLDP Resident Artist Librettist Royce Vavrek yielded the one-act opera The Hunger Art, based on Kafka’s Hunger Artist and the Adam and Eve story. Jeff is currently writing Buried Alive, with CLDP Resident Artist Librettist Quincy Long, as part of The Poe Project for American Lyric Theater. Website: www.jeffmyers.info
PATRICK SOLURI is a composer based in New York City whose love of telling stories through music is evident in his large body of work for the stage, screen and concert hall. Career highlights include commissions for several orchestral ballet scores, film scores, and many orchestral and chamber concert works. His ballet scores Madame X, What Do We Do About Mother and Murder at the Masque: Casebook of Edgar Allan Poe were commissioned and by Dances Patrelle, choreographed by Francis Patrelle, and have featured dancers from American Ballet Theater and New York City Ballet. Recent ballet scores include a work for the Staatsballett Berlin, choreographed by dancer Xenia Wiest, which premiered in Berlin, Germany, in January 2010, as part of their program Shut Up and Dance: Reloaded. His children’s ballet, Fancy Nancy, commissioned by the Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet, premiered in March 2010 in Akron, Ohio, selling 7,000 tickets for only 3 performances, becoming this company’s most successful production in their 35 year history. Soluri’s work as an emerging operatic writer includes The Inferno of Dante: Canto V, showcased by New York City Opera as part of VOX 2003: Showcasing American Composers, and a commissioned scene for the Manhattan School of Music Opera Studio. During his residency as part of the Composer Librettist Development Program at American Lyric Theater, he composed the short opera Adam & Eve. His 10-minute comic opera Figaro’s Last Hangover was featured in a performance at Weill-Carnegie Hall by the Remarkable Theater Brigade. Soluri has produced and released 3 CDs through Soluri Music: Fancy Nancy (2010), Murder at the Masque: Casebook of Edgar Allan Poe (2009) and Pas de Deux – Two Ballets by Patrick Soluri (2007) which comprises Madame X and What Do We Do About Mother and was recorded by the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. All releases are available online at iTunes among other online retailers. In addition to his classical work, Soluri has written several film scores, and has composed, produced and orchestrated hundreds of tracks for film and TV in multiple genres ranging from orchestral, jazz and industrial to rock and world music. In 2000 he was selected to participate in the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop in Los Angeles, where he composed, recorded and conducted a cue on the Newman Scoring Stage at the 20th Century Fox Studio. Much of his music has been licensed (non-exclusive) to various Film & TV music libraries and has been used on numerous shows on TLC, LOGO and DISCOVERY HEALTH. In addition to composing, his versatility has enabled him to work fluidly as an orchestrator, arranger and music producer in numerous styles of music. He received an official 2009 Certificate of Recognition from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for his work as an Orchestrator and MIDI Synthesist on the 3rd season of the hit children’s show, The Wonderpets, which won 2009 and 2010 Emmy Awards for best music. Patrick also founded and runs the NY chapter of the film and TV networking group THE TABLE, based on the original LA group formed by Hollywood insider Marc Zicree. Though classically trained, Patrick grew up as a drummer, and he currently plays in an indie rock band in NYC. They have played CBGBs, Galapagos, and Sine, among many others. Soluri received a BM in Composition from the Manhattan School of Music, followed by a MM in Composition and Theory from the University of Louisville as a recipient of the Moritz von Bomhard Fellowship (for dramatic vocal composition). His teachers have included Aaron Jay Kernis, Tobias Picker, Nils Vigeland, Giampaolo Bracali, Allen Shawn, Marc Satterwhite and Peter Golub. Patrick is currently writing Embedded, with CLDP Resident Artist Librettist Deborah Brevoort, as part of The Poe Project for American Lyric Theater. Website: www.patricksoluri.com
LIBRETTISTS – THE POE PROJECT
DEBORAH BREVOORT is the author of numerous plays and musicals, including The Women of Lockerbie, which won the silver medal in the Onassis International Playwriting competition and the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award. It was produced off-Broadway, in London at the Orange Tree Theatre and at the Actor’s Gang in Los Angeles and is currently being produced and published in numerous languages around the world. Other plays include Blue Moon Over Memphis, a Noh Drama about Elvis Presley, The Poetry of Pizza, (produced at Purple Rose, Mixed Blood, Virginia Stage, Theatre in the Square, Centenary Stage, and Cal Rep) The Blue-Sky Boys, (commissioned by the EST/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Science and Technology project; produced at the Barter Theatre) The Velvet Weapon, (written with a grant from CEC ArtsLink), Signs of Life and Into the Fire both published by Samuel French. She is a two-time winner of the Frederick Loewe Award in Musical Theatre, for King Island Christmas, written with composer David Friedman, and Coyote Goes Salmon Fishing, with composer Scott Richards. Current writing projects include: The Comfort Team, a new play about military families, commissioned by the Virginia Stage Company; and Crossing Over, a hip-hop musical set in Amish country with composer Stephanie Salzman. Her work has been published by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, Applause Books and others. Deborah was one of the original company members with Perseverance Theatre in Alaska, an alumus of New Dramatists and is a founding member of Theatre Without Borders. Deborah is currently writing Embedded, with CLDP Resident Artist Composer Patrick Soluri, as part of The Poe Project for American Lyric Theater. Website: www.deborahbrevoort.com
QUINCY LONG’s critically acclaimed plays include People Be Heard, Playwrights Horizons; The Only Child, South Coast Rep, Costa Mesa, CA; Wedding Pictures, Ensemble Studio Theater; The Lively Lad, New York Stage and Film and The Actors Theatre of Louisville; The Virgin Molly, The Atlantic Theatre Company and Berkeley Rep; The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite, the Atlantic Theatre Company (directed by William H. Macy and starring Felicity Huffman) and the Mark Taper Forum. Joy was optioned by Icon Films, and Joy, People Be Heard and The Lively Lad were published by Dramatists Play Service. The Virgin Molly was published by Playscripts. Long’s new play, The Huntsmen, recently won a Sundance Time Warner Storyteller’s Award, was workshopped at Playwrights Horizons and read at New York Theatre Workshop and Ensemble Studio Theatre. Long is also currently developing Loulou, a musical commissioned by Ginger Cat Productions in Toronto, and The Gospel According to Trains, a new play at New York Theatre Workshop’s 2010 summer retreat at Dartmouth College. Long is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and a member of New Dramatists and Ensemble Studio Theater. Originally from Warren, Ohio, he lives and works in New York City. Quincy is currently writing Buried Alive, with CLDP Resident Artist Composer Jeff Myers, as part of The Poe Project for American Lyric Theater.
ROYCE VAVREK is is a multi-disciplinary narrative artist from Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada, whose work has been hailed as “wildly dramatic and… exhilarating” by The New York Times and “smart, crisp, [and] witty” by See Magazine. Since joining the CLDP at ALT in 2007, Vavrek has collaborated with diverse artists on a wide variety of Opera/Music Theater libretti including Dog Days (World Premiere production directed by Robert Woodruff at Peak Performances, Montclair, 2012) and Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera (Bard Conservatory) both with composer David T. Little; The Hunger Art (developed at American Lyric Theater, performed at Center City Opera Theater and Burning Bayreuth) with Jeff Myers; Unsaid in a Field of Wildflowers (Remarkable Theater Brigade/Carnegie Hall) with Kristin Hevner; and Nora at the Altar-Rail (developed at American Lyric Theater performed at Symphony Space) with Jay Anthony Gach. Upcoming projects include Angel’s Bone with Du Yun (Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philidelphia, PS 122, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago 2011), Song from the Uproar (Beth Morrison Productions at The Kitchen 2012) with Missy Mazzoli, Karl’s Girl with Matt Marks (Rafael Gallegos, director, New Music Bake Sale 2010), The Bear Dance with Nick Martin (Alberta Foundation for the Arts Grant), 1882 with Mark Baechle (Swiss Society of New York), Ordet and Stockholm with Josh Schmidt, and The Wild Beast of the Bungalow with Rachel Peters. A founding member of The New Ensemble, he contributed lyrics to nonplay: shadows of a dream and Black Snow in collaboration with composer Andrew Gerle. As a filmmaker, Royce wrote and directed From Sky and Soil (Corus Young Filmmakers Initiative), I Will Not Be Sad Anymore (Quebec Cooperative Filmmakers Initiative), Pig and Bear (Frigid Fest NY) and Good Woman, a collaboration with American fashion designer Marc Bouwer. Vavrek is also the Artistic Director of opera-theater company The Coterie, founded with soprano Lauren Worsham. B.F.A: Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University, Montreal; M.F.A: Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program, NYU. Royce is currently writing …of the Flesh, with CLDP Resident Artist Composer Jay Anthony Gach, as part of The Poe Project for American Lyric Theater. Website
CRISTIAN AMIGO – COMPOSER: www.cristianamigo.com
TONY ASARO – LIBRETTIST: www.unrelentingmonkey.com
MAGDA BOGIN – LIBRETTIST
CLINT BORZONI – COMPOSER: www.clintborzoni.com
ALLA BORZOVA – COMPOSER
ROCHELLE BRIGHT – LIBRETTIST
CHRISTOPHER CERRONE – COMPOSER: www.christophercerrone.com
JOSHUA H. COHEN – LIBRETTIST: www.joshuahcohen.com
EMILY CONBERE – LIBRETTIST
PETER FOLEY – COMPOSER / LIBRETTIST: www.hellagoodmusic.com
KATE LIGHT – LIBRETTIST: www.katelight.com
JULIA MEINWALD – COMPOSER: www.juliameinwald.com
NKIERU OKOYE – COMPOSER: www.nkeiruokoye.com
THEO POPOV – COMPOSER: www.theopopov.com
ALEKSANDRA VREBALOV – COMPOSER: www.aleksandravrebalov.com
DERRICK WANG – COMPOSER / LIBRETTIST: www.derrickwang.com