THE FOURTH MESSENGER NYMF CREATIVE TEAM
VIENNA TENG (Composer/Co-Lyricist/Mama Sid) is a singer, songwriter and pianist who has released four studio albums and one live album on the Virt and Rounder labels. Her 2013 album AIMS received four Independent Music Awards – for Adult Contemporary Album, Pop Song, A Capella Song, and Social Action Song – the most awards any artist has received in a given year. AIMS debuted at #4 on Billboard’s Heartseekers Albums Chart and was included in the Best of 2013 lists of the Huffington Post, NJ Star-Ledger, and Glide Magazine. Her albums Waking Hour and Warm Strangers both reached the top five of Amazon.com’s bestseller list, and she won the 2010 Independent Music Awards’ Vox Pop vote for her album Inland Territory. She has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, NPR’s Weekend Edition, CBS’s Early Show, and CNN’s News Night with Aaron Brown, and has toured with Joan Baez, Brandi Carlile, Duncan Sheik, Madeleine Peyroux, Joan Osborne, Sarah Harmer, Marc Cohn and the Indigo Girls, among others. In addition to her performing and composing career, Vienna recently received an MB/MS from the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan. She is a native of Saratoga, California, and holds a Computer Science degree from Stanford University. viennateng.com
TANYA SHAFFER’s (Playwright/Lyricist/Clara/Water) plays have been produced by Berkeley Repertory Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, TheatreWorks, and the Eureka Theatre, and have toured to more than 40 cities nationwide. She has co-written two shows for the Tony-Award-Winning San Francisco Mime Troupe, including 2014’s Ripple Effect. Her solo show Let My Enemy Live Long! ran for six sold-out months in the Bay Area and was awarded a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for solo performance. Her play Baby Taj, which premiered at TheatreWorks in 2005, was selected by the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, and the Oakland Tribune as one of the Top Ten Shows of the Year and nominated for a National Theatre Critics Association Steinberg Award for the best play to premiere that year outside of New York City. It has since been published by Samuel French, Inc. She’s also the author of the critically acclaimed travel memoir, Somebody’s Heart is Burning: A Woman Wanderer in Africa. Her stories and essays have appeared on Salon.com and in numerous anthologies. She recently completed a four-year residency at the San Francisco Playwrights Foundation. Website: tanyashaffer.com.
MATT AUGUST (Director) recently directed the critically acclaimed Geffen Playhouse and NoHo Arts Center productions of Gospel According to Jefferson, Dickens and Tolstoy: Discord and the Falcon Theatre production of The Trouble We Come From, produced by Garry Marshall. On Broadway, he directed How the Grinch Stole Christmas (and 10 Nat’l Tours, Pantages Theatre, Madison Square Garden); Other Broadway as Associate Director for Jack O’Brien: Henry IV, Imaginary Friends, Invention of Love, Full Monty (Nat’l Tours). Off Broadway: Two Gentlemen of Verona (The Acting Company and Nat’l Tour); Sixteen Wounded (Cherry Lane Theatre). Regional Credits include: Two Gentlemen of Verona, Pig Farm, Time Flies, Food Chain (Old Globe Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing, In the Heights (Pioneer Theatre Company); Intelligence Slave, The Real Dr. Strangelove, Speech and Debate, 40th Anniversary Gala (LA Theatre Works); Liberty Smith, Christmas Carol (5 seasons) Meet John Doe as Co-Author (Ford’s Theatre); Baby Taj (TheatreWorks); Fourth Messenger (Ashby Stage); Complete History of America Abridged, All in the Timing, Tempest (Hanger Theatre); Sixteen Wounded (with Martin Landau, Long Wharf Theatre); Full Monty (Australian Tour); Short Film: How to Get to Candybar; Upcoming: Dracula (LATW); Gospel/Discord (Arizona Theatre Co.); Two Dollar Bill (Pioneer); Grinch (Grand Ole Opry). Matt’s productions have been recognized by Ovation, Helen Hayes, Bay Area Critics, Broadway World, Utah Theatre, and Australia’s Helpmann Award nominations, and appeared on Year End Top Ten lists in the L.A. Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, Oakland Tribune, San Jose Mercury News and NPR/KQED. He has mentored upcoming directors through the Drama League Director Fellowship and SDC Observership Programs and guest taught and lectured at many universities across the country. He is a member of the SDC LA Ad Hoc Committee and is a Drama League Fellow, Oregon Shakespeare Killian Fellow, Robert Wilson Watermill Fellow and Panavision New Filmmaker Grant recipiant. He splits his time between LA and NYC and holds an MFA from CalArts. mattaugust.com
JESSE LOZANO (Music Director)
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Announcing New York Musical Festival Cast May 2017
RYAN O’CONNELL (Orchestrator/Music Director/Piano/Keyboards) served as music director on Ernest Shackleton Loves Me (George Street Playhouse), The Grammy Experience (Norwegian Cruise Line), Nightline: JFK Anniversary Special (NBC), Midsummer Night (LA Premiere), Bronies (Hollywood Fringe), Real Housekeepers of Studio City (Hollywood Fringe), and Edges (LA Premiere). Orchestration credits include Loch Ness: The Musical (Chance Theater), Browsers (Amazon), Bronies (3rd Street Theater), and Wild Things (NRDC Films). As composer/arranger, his credits include: Dragons: Defenders of Berk (Cartoon Network), I Am Big Bird (Copperpot Pictures), Calgary Stampede, The Freddy Awards (State Theatre), Learning Town (Geek & Sundry), Ladies Knight (USC) (Annie Award nominee), choral arrangements for Shawnee Press and Alfred, and two original musicals – Horror High and Horrible Shakespeare. ryanomusic.com