Douglas Tappin

Playwright Composer Lyricist Librettist Dramatist

Douglas Tappin is a writer and composer who was born and educated in the United Kingdom.  A former Commercial Attorney and member of the Honorable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, he practiced as a Barrister in England for eleven years.  Tappin earned an additional postgraduate degree from Atlanta’s McAfee School of Theology, culminating in the dissertation That There Might Be Inspiration – a critical examination and articulation of transformative music-drama, including through the historical and contemporary works of Handel, Wagner, Puccini, Sondheim, Lloyd Webber and Rice, Boublil and Schönberg.

 

Tappin’s unique approach to writing and composition is full of innovation and authenticity, arising from his inquiring, analytical mind, literary background and gifted musicianship that has included work in collaboration with Greg Phillinganes (musical director for Stevie Wonder and the late Michael Jackson) and Grammy nominated orchestrator Carl Marsh.

 

Tappin wrote and composed I Dream, a Rhythm and Blues Opera based on the last thirty-six hours of the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. which, through a series of dreams, reminiscences and premonitions, explores aspects of Dr. King’s childhood and college years, and significant moments of the Civil Rights Movement.  2018 performances of I Dream include productions by Opera Carolina and Toledo Opera.

 

Tappin is currently writing and composing Becoming Othello, based on Paul Robeson’s year playing Othello at London’s Savoy Theatre, in 1930.  Tappin has also written and composed six other significant musical-dramatic works including Deliverer, Diva, and 2042.

 

Tappin lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and two children.