DAVID SIMPATICO joined the CLDP at American Lyric Theater in 2010 and is currently at work on The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing with composer Justine F. Chen. His career highlights include the stage adaptation of High School Musical 1 and 2 for the Disney national stage tour and international productions; Whida Peru, with a score by Josh Schmidt (The Adding Machine); The Screams of Kitty Genovese, with a sung-thru rock-opera score by Will Todd; and Prom Queen, his one act chosen for the Samuel French OOB ’14 Festival in NYC. David also wrote the libretto for Pulitzer Prize-winner Aaron J. Kernis’ millennium symphony, Garden Of Light, which received its world premiere with the NY Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall, conducted by Kurt Masur, in the Fall of 1999. David is working on his Masters degree in Creative Writing (2017) with the Mountain View Writers (SNHU); his thesis project is a two-man play, Wilde About Whitman, about the little known, historic meeting of the two literary giants. He is currently working on LIFEafterLIFE, a one-man musical with composer Josh Schmidt, featuring performance artist Taylor Mac. Additionally, he and composer Heather Christian have been commissioned to write the original rock opera, Rose of Sharon.