Joseph Trefler

Composer Lyricist

JOSEPH TREFLER is a New York City-based composer-lyricist, arranger, and music copyist originally from Toronto, Canada. He has written a number of musicals, including the short film musical LADY LATE NITE (LA Femme International Film Festival 2010; Women’s International Film Festival 2011; Ouat Media, distributor), A LADYLIKE MURDER (Isabel Bader Theatre 2012), THE UNUSUAL ENGAGEMENT OF CHESTER PRINGLE with Jonathan Pearson (“Best Short Musical” 2014 Fresh Fruit Festival), THE BAD IDEAS OF JACK ANDREWS with bookwriter-lyricist Seth Christenfeld (NAAP DISCOVER: New Musicals 2017), and MEN WITH MONEY with bookwriter-lyricist Bill Nelson (NAMT finalist 2017, Aurora Theatre 2019). He composed the score for THE MUSIC BOX, a short dance film shown on Air Canada flights. He is a winner of the 2015 NMI New Voices Project (sponsored by Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment). In 2016, a concert of Joseph’s songs was performed as part of Lincoln Center’s BROADWAY'S FUTURE SONGBOOK series.
Joseph is a co-founder and co-artistic director of the Canadian Musical Theatre Writers Collective (CMTWC), which has over 300 members, and produced the first-ever ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop in Canada. He was a juror for the 2014 Playwrights Guild of Canada's Tom Hendry New Musical Award. Joseph received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto and his MFA from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. In 2017, he taught musical theatre writing at Sheridan College's M.A.S.S.I.V.E. (Music Applied to Stage, Screen, and Interactive Visual Elements) program.