Company of Fools commissions award-winning musical theatre writers, Maggie-Kate Coleman and Erato A. Kremmyda, to develop a short musical for young audiences inspired by the visual artwork in The Center’s BIG IDEA project, Bees. We’re pleased to offer student matinees for K–4th grade students alongside uniquely created workshops, as well as a limited amount of public performances.
Maggie-Kate Coleman is an NYC-based playwright, bookwriter, and lyricist from Happy Day Farm (Keedysville, MD): Book & lyrics for POP! -music by Anna K. Jacobs – (Yale Rep, Pittsburgh City Theatre, Studio Theatre DC, etc.) POP! received three Connecticut Critics Circle Awards, seven Helen Hayes Award nominations, and was a Pittsburgh Tribune Top Ten choice of 2012. Other recent: The Map of Lost Things (Hangar Theatre, Ithaca), and with Erato A. Kremmyda, lyrics for Field Trip: A Climate Cabaret (Superhero Clubhouse NYC), Hotel Mediteranee (Between The Seas Festival/Wild Project), The Way They Live (The Civilians at the Met) and more. Current work: The Gift of the Magi with Jeffrey Hatcher and Andrew Cooke (Arkansas Rep), and Marie in Tomorrowland with Erato A. Kremmyda and Sam Pinkleton, developed through The Civilians R&D Group, The Orchard Project, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, and Catwalk Institute. MK is a 2017 Jonathan Larson grant recipient. MacDowell Fellow 2015, MFA NYU Musical Theatre Writing, BA Ithaca College.
Erato A. Kremmyda is a NYC based composer born and raised in Athens, Greece. Current work: Marie in Tomorrowland (with Maggie-Kate Coleman and Sam Pinkleton) developed at Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, Catwalk Institute, The Orchard Project, SPACE on Ryder Farm, and The Civilians R&D Group; and Io (with Laura Tesman) for the International Filippi Festival 2017. Recent: Riot Antigone by Seonjae Kim (La Mama) and with Maggie-Kate Coleman: The Way They Live (The Met/The Civilians); Hotel Mediteranee (Wild Project/Between The Seas Festival); Field Trip: A Climate Cabaret (Superhero Clubhouse, NYC) and more. Erato is a 2017 Larson Grant winner, a Fulbright Fellow, and an Anna Sosenko Trust grant recipient. Her compositions have been heard at Megaron (Athens), Joe’s Pub, Ars Nova, NYMF, BRIC, HERE, Irondale, Teatro Duo (Rome), Bios (Athens) etc. MFA NYU (Musical Theater Writing, Dean’s scholar), MM NYU (Film Scoring), Athens University, Athens Conservatoire.
*Commissioned as part of The Center’s BIG IDEA project Bees.
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