March 29 – April 7, 2014: STREET SEEN, Annual Musical Theater Lab

2014 STREET SEEN image RevisedProspect’s 7th Annual Music Theater Lab:
a presentation of original musical shorts!

Explore a new landscape. Travel at lightning speed. Connect the past to the present.  There are billions of images from the Google Street View car available online, and each one is a door to an untold story.  Join Prospect for an evening of eight short, original musicals inspired by images captured by the Google Street View car, and created by the sixteen writers in this year’s musical theater lab.

at the West End Theatre
in the Church of
St. Paul and St. Andrew (263 West 86th St.)
The performance schedule is:  Sat. March. 29 @ 3pm, Sun. March 30 @ 7:30pm, Mon. March 31 @ 7:30pm, Sat. April 5 @ 3pm, Sun. April 6 @ 7:30pm, and Mon. April 7 @ 7:30pm.

Written by:
Nathan Brisby & Lizzie Hagstedt; Ty Defoe & Tidtaya Sinutoke; Julia Gytri & Avi Amon; Anna Marquardt & Britt Bonney; Jason Purdy & Yan Li; Christina Quintana & Brett Macias; Sharyn Rothstein & Cody Owen Stine; and Jenny Stafford & Willem Oosthuysen

Performed by:
Karl Josef Co*, Greg Horton*, Victoria Huston-Elem*, David Perlman*, Diane Phelan*,
Barry Shafrin*, Laura Beth Wells*,
and Anthony Wills, Jr.*

Directed by: Dev Bondarin
Musical Director: Jeffrey Campos
Stage Manager: Mackenzie Meeks
Curated by: Cara Reichel & Dev Bondarin

*Member of Actors’ Equity AssociationEquity Approved Showcase.

STREET SEEN BIOS

Avi Amon is a Brooklyn-based composer trying to figure all the things out.  Other projects with pal/collaborator, Julia Gytri, include: The White City, Salonika, and Tickets to the Gun Show.  He recently graduated from the Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program at NYU and currently works at the JCC in Manhattan as a Program Associate for Arts+Ideas.

Britt Bonney is a New York-based composer, music director, and vocal coach.  Her arrangements and orchestrations have been heard throughout the city in such venues as Lincoln Center, 54 Below, and Broadway’s Palace Theatre and Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.  She currently works as the assistant musical director at Rosie’s Theater Kids while developing new musicals with lyricist Anna Marquardt, whom she met in the BMI Workshop.  BA in Music: William & Mary; MA in Music Education: Columbia University.

Nathan Brisby is a lyricist/playwright/composer living in Astoria.  Produced musical works include I Am (with collaborator Jason Livesay), Jealous Husband Returns in Form of Parrot (with collaborator Matt Patrick Walsh), and Camo Girl (with collaborator Lizzie Hagstedt.)  In addition to being a member of the Advanced BMI Workshop, he is a union actor, a published poet and playwright, and the President and Founder of Broadway Gives Back.

Ty Defoe is from the Oneida and Ojibwe tribes of northern Wisconsin.  Ty received a BFA from California Institute of the Arts, an MFA from Goddard College, and a Grammy Award for work on Come to Me Great Mystery: Native American Healing Songs.  As a multidisciplinary artist, Ty has gained recognition in many circles around the world. Among current highlights, Ty received an Indigenous Heritage Festival Award given to artists who have made a major positive impact on indigenous people and issues of the world, an NEA award grant for work on “Drum is Thunder, Flute is the Wind,” and a 2013 Robert Rauschenberg Artist in Residence. Ty is a devoted mentor at the Alaskan Cultural Heritage Center & Pine Ridge Playwrights Initiative and the Autry National Center’s, Native Voices in Los Angeles.  As a fellowship recipient, Ty recently graduated from NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at Tisch School of the Arts and was recently named TCG’s Leading the Charge: Diversity and Inclusion Fellow. A member of the Dramatist Guild. www.tdefoe.com

Julia Gytri is a Manhattan-based writer of words in multiple forms.  Projects include: The White City, Salonika, and Tickets to the Gun Show (all with Avi Amon) and Blind (with Yan Li) recently performed in concert by the National Asian Artists Project.  Julia received an MFA from NYU in May 2013 and now writes children’s music/smiles a LOT for a living.

Lizzie Hagstedt is a composer in the Advanced BMI Workshop. Current projects include Oneida with Beth Blatt (staged reading at Dartmouth College), Rose Petals with Sarah Rebell (NYMF staged reading), and Camo Girl with Nathan Brisby.  She recently scored a ballet inspired by Shel Silverstein poems for the General Mischief Dance Theatre.  Lizzie is a multi-instrumentalist and member of Actors’ Equity.  Love to family, friends, and a long list of teachers. www.lizziehagstedt.com

Yan Li is a composer, lyricist, music director, pianist, and teacher.  His work has been featured at the Signature Theatre, 54 Below, the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, the Duplex, NYMF, and the Toronto Fringe Festival.  Yan received his BA in Composition from the University of Victoria and his MFA from NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.  He is a Founding Artist of Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre and a proud member of the Asian American Composers and Lyricists Project, SOCAN, and the Dramatist Guild. www.yanlicomposer.com

Brett Macias Music featured at the Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis, Stephens College, Webster University, Encores! (NYC), Lincoln Center. Musicals: Fishing the Moon (with Caroline Murphy), The Lavatory (with Frederick Sauter), Beautiful Dreamer (with Caroline Murphy), and Beneath the Surface (with Caroline Murphy.) Gumbo (words by Christina Quintana) was selected by the Grand Jury for the 2014 New York Musical Festival Next Link Project. Featured in American Theater Magazine. BFA: Webster University. MFA: Tisch NYU. brettmacias.com

Anna Marquardt is a New York‐based performer and writer.  Most recently, she was seen in God Hates This Show at HERE Arts Center.  Her musical The BobbedHaired Bandit, written with composer Britt Bonney, was presented as part of FringeNYC in 2011.  Anna performs original musical‐theater‐flavored pop songs about love, dinosaurs and Batman at places like Rockwood Music Hall, 54 Below, and Pete’s Candy Store. More information at annamarquardt.com.

Willem Oosthuysen received his M.F.A. from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU and is currently in his second year in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. His musical, Prodigy, recently received a workshop production at Indiana University, NYU, and the Two Rivers Theatre Company. His music has been showcased at Joe’s Pub, Goodspeed, Lincoln Center, the Laurie Beechman and Barrington Stage Company.

Jason Purdy Psychological horror musical Sweet Nothings (Book & Lyrics, Music by Yan Li, NYU Reading); Godwin’s Law (Book & Lyrics, Music by Collin Martin); Blood [By the Mummers] (Music & Lyrics, NYMF 2011 Next Link Selection); Ten Reasons I Won’t Go Home With You (additional Music & Lyrics, MITF 2010, Best Original Music & Lyrics).  Concerts at 54 Below, Signature Theatre, NYMF.  Founding member of [By the Mummers].  BA Theatre, SUNY Brockport; MFA NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.

Sharyn Rothstein’s plays include All The Days (readings by Jean Doumanian Productions and Manhattan Theatre Club) and Camp Monster (Williamstown Theatre Festival), among others.  Sharyn is a recipient of the Manhattan Theatre Club/Ars Nova Writer’s Room commission, and is a member of the Primary Stages Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer’s Group.  She is an alum of the Ars Nova Playgroup, and holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Tidtaya Sinutoke is a NYC-based composer, writer, and musician. Originally from Thailand, she holds a BM from the Berklee College of Music and an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Her music has been featured at Signature Theatre, 54 Below, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Goodspeed, Song Book at Lincoln Center, National Dramatist Guild Conference in Chicago, and Central Square Theatre.  As a musician, Tidtaya has performed at venues including Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Avery Fisher Hall, and the Thailand Cultural Arts Center (Bangkok).  She won second prize in the Thailand National Youth Music Contest.  Currently, Tidtaya is an adjunct faculty member at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Jenny Stafford is a graduate of NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.  Her work has been featured in New York (The Lincoln Center Songbook Series—The Lyrics of Jennifer Stafford, 54 Below, Ars Nova, The Metropolitan Opera, Merkin Recital Hall, Joe’s Pub, Birdland, Don’t Tell Mama), as well as regionally across the US and Canada.  Her musical Prodigy (with Willem Oosthusyen) received workshop productions through NYU, the Two Rivers Theatre Company, and Indiana University, and her musical The Artist and the Scientist (with Brandon Anderson) is currently in development at CAP21.  Awards include finalist performances in the Ronald M. Ruble New Play Competition, second prize in the McLean Drama Company Playwriting Competition, and the Paulette Goddard Award.  Jenny has been an Artist in Residence at Goodspeed Musicals, CAP 21, and the Berkshire Playwrights Theatre, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Cody Owen Stine is happy to be back at Prospect after writing for Rites Of Passage, the 2012 Musical Theater Lab. As composer/lyricist: Delilah Dix: America’s Showgirl (Ars Nova);  Nobody’s Perfect (52nd Street Project); Delilah Dix: Showin’ My Business (Ars Nova, Edinburgh Fringe, Second City LA, and others). Upcoming: The Prisoner of Vegas (Musical Mondays Theater Lab), and a new show with collaborator Sharyn Rothstein.  As Musical Director: Eager To Lose (Ars Nova), Murder Ballad (MTC, Union Square Theatre), concerts with Rebecca Naomi Jones, Caissie Levy, Daniel Breaker, and others.  Member of the Advanced BMI Musical Theatre Workshop and Dramatists Guild. www.codyowenstine.com

Christina Quintana is a New Orleans-grown playwright and lyricist with work developed with and produced by INTAR, The Movement Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Southern Rep Theatre. Plays include: Scissoring (Finalist 2014 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition), Gumbo, with music by Brett Macias (Grand Jury Selection for the 2014 New York Musical Festival Next Link Project), Blank Canvas (ART/New York; DUTF) and Enter Your Sleep (Columbia Stages).  MFA Playwriting, Columbia University. cquintana.com

Dev Bondarin is the Associate Artistic Director of Prospect Theater Company, where she curates and directs the annual musical theater lab, which has produced over 40 new, short musicals by both established and emerging musical theater writers under her guidance. Other directing credits: King Lear (American Bard Theater Company, nominated for two NY Innovative Theater Awards), Jay Alan Zimmerman’s Incredibly Deaf Musical (Marjorie Deane Little Theater), Reefer Madness: The Musical (NY Innovative Theater Award nomination for Outstanding Production of a Musical) and The House of Blue Leaves (The Gallery Players), A Home Across the Ocean (MTWorks), and Raised By Lesbians (FringeNYC). MFA in Directing, Brooklyn College; BA, Brandeis University; SDCF Observership recipient; Member: Lincoln Center Directors Lab and MTWorks; Associate Member: SDC and The League of Professional Theatre Women. www.devbondarin.net.