About ELEVATOR HEART
Elevator Heart is a modular musical theatre piece built of vignettes that explore the diverse experiences of womxn in the 21st century. There's room for everyone's voice as the ensemble creates a word of songs, scenes, and monologues that explore the way we tell stories and lays bare the intersections of being a womxn.
Book & Lyrics by Sara Cooper
Music by Amy Burgess and Julia Meinwald
Elevator Heart was developed at the Tisch New Musicals Workshop at NYU with the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and the New Studio on Broadway. It has been seen as a concert reading at The Tank in 2017, as part of Prospect Theatre Company's Good2Go Concert Series in 2017, and was produced by the University of San Francisco in the fall of 2018. Previously, EH was performed in concert at the Producers Club and Dixon Place. Elevator Heart received a 2016 New Works Grant from Queens Council on the Arts.
Amy Burgess (music) is a composer, writer, and performer from New York City. Recent Theatre: ELEVATOR HEART, NYC premiere production with THML Theatre Co. and Access Theater (Spring 2019), University of San Francisco production (Fall 2018), NYC concert reading @ the Tank (Fall 2017), NYU Tisch New Musicals Workshop (Fall 2016), Queens Council on the Arts Grant (2016); STIR (music) with Basin Arts (Summer 2017) filmed for PBS; Under My Skin (words and music) with collaborator Joel Waggoner, choreography by Clare Cook, Dance Now NYC @ Joe's Pub (2014); SHOW ME REAL (words and music) with Clare Cook Dance Theatre at the New York Musical Festival (2012) and Tada! Theater (2012). Amy’s musical theatre work has been seen at Lincoln Center, 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, The Tank, Dixon Place, Berkshire Playwright’s Lab, Goodspeed Musicals, and many other NYC venues.Choral and symphonic commissions (selection): for the Portland Symphonic Girlchoir: Upcoming Moon Dance: A Choral Fantasia (Spring 2019); We Will Speak (2017) international premiere @ St. Giles Church, Edinburgh, Scotland (Summer 2017); Look To This Day (2016); Dreamer of Dreams (2014) international premiere Beijing, China (Summer 2014). Other commissions: A Day In The Life for the Marian Singers, Portland, OR (2013); She Holds Fire in Her Hands and I Have Come To Cast Fire (for choir and orchestra) commissioned for Oregon's 150th Anniversary Celebration, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR (2009). Composer-in-Residence, Portland Symphonic Girlchoir (2014, 2016, 2017, 2019). Amy received her BM in Composition from Pacific Lutheran University and MFA from NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Amy plays and sings in the indie folk band Two Sheets to the Wind with Joel Waggoner and works at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Follow on insta and twitter @composeramy / www.composeramy.com
Sara Cooper (book and lyrics) is a playwright and lyricist. Awards and Honors: 92Y Musical Theatre Lab Collective (2017-2018); American Opera Initiative Fellowship, Washington National Opera (2017); Queens Council on the Arts grant for Elevator Heart (2016); New York State Council on the Arts Individual Theatre Artist Commission (2015); Jonathan Larson Grant, American Theatre Wing (2014); National Endowment for the Arts and National Alliance for Musical Theatre National Fund for The Memory Show (2013); Weston Playhouse New Musical Award for Loving Leo (2012). In addition to Elevator Heart, her recent works include: Fault Lines, World Premiere at The Kennedy Center (2018); The Memory Show, United Kingdom Premiere, New Bard Productions in London (2016), Original Cast Recording, Yellow Sound Lab (2015), Transport Group at The Duke on 42nd Street (2013), Asian Premiere, Water Gate Media in Seoul (2012-2013), Barrington Stage Company (2010), NAMT (2010); Mechanical, concert, Dixon Place (2017); Things I Left On Long Island, musical: concert, Dixon Place (2016), play: FringeNYC (2014), FringeNYC Playwriting Award (2014), Time Out New York Critics Pick (2014); Loving Leo, Weston Playhouse (2013). MFA Musical Theatre Writing and BFA Dramatic Writing, Tisch School of the Arts. Dramatists Guild, ASCAP. http://saracooper.weebly.com
Julia Meinwald (music) Julia is a weird little optimist and a composer for musicals, film, and the occasional computer game score.Her nonElevator Heartmusicals includePregnancy Pact(2012 Weston Playhouse, 2011 NAMT, 2011 YIMT),The Loneliest Girl in the World(2016 NAMT, 2015 UARTS workshop, 2014 OutLoud at Ars Nova) andREB + VoDKa + ME(2017 NYU workshop, 2017 YIMT,MTFs 2016-2017 Lerner and Loewe group,Civilians 2015-2016 R&D Group), all with collaborator Gordon Leary. Julia has developed work through New Dramatists CLDP, the Dramatist Guild fellowship, American Lyric Theatre, Lincoln Center Director's Lab, Uncharted at Ars Nova, the Civilians R&D group, Fresh Ground Peppers Playgroup, the Musical Theatre Factory writers group, and the 92nd Street Y Musical Theatre Lab. She has peer pressured friends into buying tickets to shows of hers at 54 Below, Rockwood Music Hall, Dixon Place, and the Laurie Beechman. Julia holds a BA in Music from Yale and an MFA from NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. www.juliameinwald.com
THML Theatre Company in association with Access Theater presents Elevator Heart, a new musical by Amy Burgess, Sara Cooper, and Julia Meinwald, premiering in March 27 - April 7, 2019 at Access Theater in New York City.
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An all women+ ensemble musical that will punch you in the face while kissing you on the lips.
Book & Lyrics by Sara Cooper
Music by Amy Burgess & Julia Meinwald
Director - Dev Bondarin
Assistant Director - Cotton Wright
Music Director - Anessa Marie
Costume Design - Jessica McHugh, Amber Lynette Lyons
Technical Design (Lighting, Set) - Jennifer Cooper
Elevator Heart is an Equity-Approved Showcase.
Ellen Condon Macy*
*these actors appear courtesy of Actors' Equity Association
CAST ANNOUNCED FOR UPCOMING CONCERT READING AT THE TANK THEATER
We're so excited to announce our STUNNING cast for the Saturday, October 14th concert reading of ELEVATOR HEART at the Tank Theater! Joining director, Dev Bondarin, and music director, Rich Silverstein, will be Sherz Aletaha, Ally Bonino, Joanna Carpenter, Lizette Cruz, Latoya Edwards, Ellen Condon Macy, Aneesh Sheth, and Tatiana Wechsler. Tickets still available! Seating limited!
ELEVATOR HEART @ The TANK Theater - Saturday, October 14th, 7pm
We'll be presenting a concert reading of ELEVATOR HEART at the Tank @ 36th St Saturday, October 14th @ 7pm. Cast announced soon!
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ELEVATOR HEART Receives Tisch New Musical Theatre Workshop Production at New Studio on Broadway - Tisch/NYU!
New Studio on Broadway and the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at Tisch/NYU presents ELEVATOR HEART, October 14-16, 2016!
Directed by Dev Bondarin
Musical Direction by Rich Silverstein
Costume Design by Matilda Sabal
Lighting Design by Zack Sanders
Stage Manager - Danielle Wolf
Producing Artistic Directors - Kent Gash and Sarah Schlesinger
Workshop Coordinator/Dramaturg - Brandon Anderson
NSB Studio Administrator -Janelle Hutchison
NSB Projects Coordinator - Lindsay Kipnis