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                 David Sisco & Laura Josepher      (Photo by: Ilona Lieberman) 

 

Founder & CEO David Sisco (he/him/his) has served on the voice faculties of Northeastern University, Suffolk University, and Marymount Manhattan College. He currently maintains a private studio in New York and leads masterclasses around the country and internationally on preparing contemporary art song and musical theatre. He has presented papers at the 2010 NMTA (National Music Teachers Association) Conference, 2012 & 2016 NATS Conferences, and the 2013 & 2017 ICVT (International Congress of Voice Teachers) Conferences. In 2016, David lead a 2-day workshop for the New South Wales Chapter of ANATS in Sydney and was most recently a keynote speaker for the 2018 ANATS National Conference in Leura, Australia. David is a member of the Dramatist’s Guild and BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop (Advanced) and is an alumnus of the New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio in New York. He is the author of Here I Am: A Musical Personal Ad, Variations on a Theme of You, and BAIT n’ SWISH. David is currently collaborating with Tom Gualtieri on two musicals: Falling to Earth, and an adaptation of Henry James’ The Wings of the Dove with book writer Michael Zam (co- creator, “Feud”). A winner of the 2010 NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Composition Award, David is a prolific art song composer. His songs have been heard at concerts produced by Friends & Enemies of New Music, New Music New York, Joy in Singing, Lyricfest, Songfest, Songfusion, and at Carnegie Hall. Sisco has been commissioned by Manhattan Girls Chorus, Cayuga Vocal Ensemble, and twice by Minnesota State University Moorhead. He has musical directed Hair, La Cage aux Folles, My One and Only, Small Town Stories, (Wagner College), Our Country’s Good, Spring Awakening (original score), Stage Door (Marymount Manhattan College), and Searching for Romeo (NYMF). With business partner Laura Josepher, David runs ContemporaryMusicalTheatre.com, the largest online database of contemporary musical theatre writers and songs. David and Laura recently released their book, “Mastering College Musical Theatre Auditions: Sound Advice for the Student, Teacher, and Parent,” available on Amazon. David earned a BA in Vocal Performance with Composition Honors from Syracuse University and a MM in Vocal Performance from Boston University. www.davidsisco.com

david@contemporarymusicaltheatre.com

VP Business Development Laura Josepher (she/her/hers) most recently directed Godspell and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee for the American Musical Theatre Academy (AMTA), and Searching for Romeo for the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF). Other credits include a workshop of Tom Gualtieri and David Sisco's musical Falling to Earth at Syracuse University, David Sisco's BAIT 'n SWISH; at Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston: Dirty Blonde, The Turn Of The Screw, and I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. For Rattlestick Productions: Winning and the award-winning Car Pool. She has directed three concerts for ContemporaryMusicalTheatre.com: The 5th Anniversary Concert at The Green Room 42, Binders Full of Women's Songs at 54 Below, and A Celebration of Contemporary Musical Theatre at Second Stage Theater. She has been a Guest Artist/Adjunct Faculty at Marymount Manhattan College, Syracuse University, and Fordham University. Laura has a Master of Arts in Educational Theatre, and a Bachelor of Music, both from New York University. She is an Equity stage manager, a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and a Member of SDC. www.laurajosepher.com

Meet Our 2nd Quarter 2022 Submission Panel

Ryan Morales

Ryan Morales is a Boricua-Italian actor, producer, and arts advocate based in NYC. Ryan is the founder and executive director of the Latiné Musical Theatre Lab, an organization that works to create equity in the theatre industry for Latiné artists by developing, producing, and advocating for new Latiné written musicals. Ryan also works as an independent producer, and has performed at dozens of theatres nationally and internationally throughout his decade long career in the arts. You can learn more about the Lab at www.latinemtlab.org, about Ryan's acting work at www.ryanmorales.me, and you can follow him on Instagram @latinemtlab @ryanmoralesgreen

Lucas Tahiruzzaman Syed

Lucas Tahiruzzaman Syed is a video editor, composer and music producer with a passion for music, theater, games, and new media. At The New School he studied composition with Stefania de Kenessey and then tripped into the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. Upcoming antics include a production of the musical The Brontës (Composer) at London's The Space Theatre; a new orchestral premiere with NYC’s Queer Urban Orchestra; his debut game Of Two Minds (Game Designer, Composer) with writer-director Michael Bergmann, and the continuation of the publication Musical Theater Today (Co-Founding Editor). He likes to make stuff, so please say hello. Love and gratitude to all collaborators past, present, and future!

 

Dax Valdes

Dax Valdes is an actor, movement director, facilitator and teaching artist based in NYC. Currently, he is a Senior Trainer with Right To Be, a global, people-powered movement to end harassment in all its forms, an actor with Only Make Believe - a non-profit organization creates interactive theatre with children in hospitals, special education schools, and care facilities, and on faculty with the Art of Science Learning. He has served as the Associate Artistic Director for Leviathan Lab, Education Associate for the Vineyard Theatre, Associate Producer for the annual Career Transition For Dancers Galas (2004-17), and as Producer for Capezio Dance Company’s 125th and 130th Anniversary Galas. Most recent credits include The King and I (2nd National), Shrek (CFRT), and Movement Director and Associate Director for Einstein’s Dreams (Prospect Theater Company). Associate member – SDC. Education: BFA Musical Theater - Point Park University; Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.

 

Lorene Phillips

Lorene Phillips (Contributor & Founding Producer) Associate Producer LORD TOM, at the York Theatre (Producer) Sopranos, an operatic sketch comedy (Fringe NYC), Operatic Sketch Comedy (Lark Theatre). (Asst. Director) Fred Stroppel's Tales from Manhattan Woods (adapt. Strauss' Die Fledermaus) at Wings Theatre. Opera roles performed with Mohawk Valley Opera, Opera Nova, Brooklyn Repertory Opera, Opera New York. (Former Chorister) Syracuse Opera. (Conductor) Scarlatti’s Eraclea (world premiere) with Opera Nova, Facets of Love at St. Bart's, AFRAID with Brooklyn Repertory Opera and former Director Marble Collegiate Church’s Children of the World Choir; Town Hall, Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall.  Music Educator and Voice Teacher:  Faculty, Silver Music String School and Teaching Artist with WHIN Music Project.  @phillipslorene  lorenephillips@gmail.com