Tony Asaro

Credit: Matthew Murphy

Credit: Matthew Murphy

TONY ASARO is a multi-talented artist, who has worked as a librettist, lyricist, conductor, vocalist and producer throughout New York City and the Bay Area. He is a co-founder of The FOGG Theatre, where he currently serves as Artistic Director. In 2008, he was honored with the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust Award for songwriting.  As a composer/librettist, Tony wrote the award-winning Our Country, with Dan Collins, which premiered in 2009 with the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. Our Country went on to win four Planet Connections awards, including Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical, and Outstanding Book, Music & Lyrics of a Musical, and was subsequently published by NYTE Small Press in the anthology, “2010: Plays and Playwrights.” The hit show then enjoyed a successful run in at the New York Musicals Theatre Festival in 2010. Tony has self-produced every iteration of Our Country, including the concept album, which is available on iTunes. In addition, he has self-produced multiple readings of his show The Many, Many Men of Tony Asaro in both New York City and San Francisco, and has co-produced concerts of his own work on both coasts. Tony’s first musical, Family has enjoyed two productions–one at SCU in 1999 and one at the Ryan Repertory Theatre in New York City in 2000. An accomplished librettist, Tony has received commissions from choirs and opera companies to pen libretti for multiple operas and oratorios, including his opera All Wounds Bleed, developed at American Lyric Theater under the auspices of the Composer Librettist Development Program with music by composer Christopher Cerrone (a 2013 Pulitzer Prize Finalist). Published by Schott Music, the opera was selected for showcase in OPERA America’s 2012 New Works Forum, and received its world premiere at Tulsa Opera in 2013. Tony is currently hard at work writing music and lyrics for the first FOGG Theatre show The Cable Car Nymphomaniac, which will premiere in San Francisco in November. Tony holds an undergraduate degree in Theatre and Music from Santa Clara University, and a Masters Degree in Musical Theatre Writing from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU: Tisch School of the Arts. In 2011, he was a first-year Resident Artist in American Lyric Theater’s Composer Librettist Development Program. He returns to the program to work on his original commission, The Halloween Tree.