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BIOGRAPHY

Singer/Songwriter - Composer/Lyricist - Teaching Artist 

Brandon Anderson is an award winning singer/songwriter, composer/lyricist, and teaching artist.  He is the recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Frederick Loewe Award and the Kennedy Center ACTF Award for his musical theatre compositions.  His work has been performed at Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Opera, Barrington Stage, Joe’s Pub, The Laurie Beechman, The Living Room, Rockwood Music Hall, The Bitter End, and countless venues across the country.  Musical theater works include, The Artist & The Scientist (Off Off Broadway), The Trojan War, Be Young and Shut Up, and Home/Front.  As a singer/songwriter, Brandon has been named a Critics Pick by Time Out NY and listed as #8 on the Advocate's Hot Sheet.  He was a finalist in the Ultimate Singer/Songwriter Contest and has crossed the country on two national tours. Releasing three albums, Brandon has been featured on NPR's Lake Effect, The Shepherd Express, and in many regional publications across the country.


​Brandon is also the Artistic Director and Dramaturg for the CDP Program in residence at Tisch's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, which produces readings and workshop productions of new musicals. He is also an adjunct professor, teaching performers how to approach new works of musical theatre.  Brandon also has extensive work in arts education as a master teaching artist for the Metropolitan Opera Guild, where he leads student residencies in the Students Compose Opera program and professional development for teachers from across the country. He was recently hired as a member of Tectonic Theater Project's teaching faculty and teaches devising workshops using their Moment Work method. Also he has been hired as a teaching artist by Lincoln Center Theater for the Songwriting In Schools Program. 

Resume

Brandon Anderson

Composer/Lyricist - Singer/Songwriter - Teaching Artist

BrandonAndersonMusic@gmail.com

 

 

Theatrical Productions_______________________________________

 

The Artist and The Scientist (Composer/Story) CAP21, 2015

Home/Front (Composer/Lyricist/Book) Barrington Stage, 2014

Sing Out Loud (Composer/Lyricist) Temple University, 2011

Trojan War (Composer/Adaptor) Commissioned by the Parkside Theatre, 2005

Letters (Composer & Lyricist) Parkside Theatre, 2004

Night Watch (Playwright) Parkside Theatre, 2003

Trenches (Adapter/Composer) Parkside Theatre, 2002

 

Staged Readings____________________________________________

 

The Artist and The Scientist (Composer and Story)

Cap 21 Theatre Company, 2014

 

Be Young and Shut Up (Co-Composer/Lyricist/Bookwriter with Niko Tsakalakos)

New York University, 2009

 

Home/Front (Co-Composer/Lyricist/Bookwriter with Niko Tsakalakos) 

New York University, 2007

 

Cabarets___________________________________________________

 

Metropolitan Opera Teaching Artists, Metropolitan Opera House, 2014

The Lyrics of Jenny Stafford, Lincoln Center Songbook Series, March 2013

One More Sleep ‘Til Christmas, Laurie Beechman Theatre, NYC 2011, 2012

 

Song Writing _______________________________________________

 

Wages of Sin                                     2019     

Guitars & Grievances Full Album   2012      Advocate Hot Sheet #8

Of The Free Single                           2011

Space EP                                           2010

Black Box Live Full Album              2009

 

Awards/Artist Residencies____________________________________

 

Musical Theatre Factory Writers Roundtable June, 2014

CAP21 Writers-in-Residence 2014

CAP21 Writers Workshop, NYC July, 2013, August, 2013

TimeOut NY Critics Pick 2012

Advocate Hot Sheet #8 for Up and Coming Artist 2012

ASCAP Foundation Frederick Loewe Award 2007

Kennedy Center ACTF Award (Composition) 2005

 

Teaching___________________________________________________

 

Adjunt Faculty at NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program

-Teaches Musical Theatre Workshop for Performers, which teaches young performers how to approach new musicals and hone their skills in stage readings and workshop performances.

 

Founding Artistic Director of CDP: Collaborative, Development & Production

-Dramaturges and coordinates three workshop productions of new musicals from the Graduate Musical Theatre writing program each year.

 

Thesis Coordinator at NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program

-Coordinates and supervises over 30 Equity readings per year and facilitates production and administrative tasks. Manages stage management teams and collaborates with creative teams to produce 90 min readings of new works.

 

Master Teaching Artist at the Metropolitan Opera Guild & MET HD

-Teaching classes in New York public schools on writing libretto and music for 

opera and theatre pieces, as well as leading workshops in Professional Development for teachers and educators across the country.

Teaching Artist at Tectonic Theater Project

-Teaches workshops and professional development of Tectonic Theater Project's theatrical devising technique, Moment Work.

Teaching Artist at Lincoln Center Theater

-Teaches residencies in the Songwriting In Schools Program, which allows students to write original songs that are performed by Broadway performers at Lincoln Center. 

 

Education__________________________________________________

 

New York University, MFA in Musical Theatre Writing, 2008.

Studied with Michael John LaChiusa, William Finn, Rachel Sheinkin, Mel Marvin, Sybille Pearson, Sarah Schlesinger

 

University of Wisconsin, BA in Theatre Arts, 2005

Magna Cum Laude, BFA Concentration in Acting and Playwriting

 

Related Theatre/Arts Experience_______________________________

 

-Professional experience as an Actor, Director, Dramaturge, Theatre Teacher, Lighting Designer.

-Award Winning Singer/Songwriter who has released three albums and toured nationally.

-Also has actor/performer resume available upon request