Stephanie Johnstone

Stephanie is a composer/lyricist working in music-drenched, highly collaborative theater. She studied at Tisch/NYU, she participated in Adam Guettel's group lab class through Musical Theatre Works, and she was the youngest member of the New Dramatists' Composer/Librettist Studio in 2006. Music theater works include: TULLY (IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER) (New York Musical Theater Festival 2007, for which she was awarded for Excellence in Music), THE APOSTLE PROJECT (Theater Mitu/NYTW, directed by Ruben Polendo), and HAROUN AND THE SEA OF STORIES (Books On Stage at Classic Stage Company, directed by Obie-Award winner Rachel Chavkin). She recently spent a year in Prague collaborating with the Czech gypsy/folk band Tripura. As a music director, Stephanie has worked with Liz Swados and Taylor Mac, among others. Projects which are currently in development: a music theater piece inspired by James Agee's "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men" (with playwright Molly Rice and director Rachel Chavkin) which has a residency at the Montclair State University's New Works Initiative in April 2011, "A Musical Fantasia On Piratical Themes" (in collaboration with Joshua William Gelb), a song cycle about the end of the world, and an opera for Heather Christian.


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