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DGF Fellows: Aryanna Garber & Benjamin Velez
Benjamin Velez & Aryanna Garber
Benjamin Velez and Aryanna Garber

We loved the camaraderie of the Fellows Program, building friendships with playwrights as well as musical theater writers, and having a fresh perspective on our material. Borderline tells the story of Anna, a young woman with Borderline Personality Disorder who has always struggled for normalcy amidst a revolving door of therapists and prescriptions. In this scene, Anna meets her court-ordered therapist, Dr. Brenner, for the first time.

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Aryanna Garber
Aryanna Garber

After graduating from Barnard College she received a Master’s Degree from Columbia University in the field of Narrative Medicine, combining her passion for writing and patient advocacy. Aryanna has since worked at HBO, Lincoln Center, and in 2018, Aryanna, along with composer/lyricist Benjamin Velez, won the 2018 Weston New Musical Award for their original work, Borderline, and were selected to be a part of the 2019 National Music Theater Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.

Benjamin Velez
Benjamin Velez

is a Columbia graduate (114th Varsity Show), BMI workshop (Harrington Award). He's developed work at YIMT, the York, Weston Playhouse, UCROSS, the O'Neill, among others. Kiss My Aztec opened at Berkeley Rep and La Jolla in 2019. Fred Ebb Award winner.