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Michael Korie:  Frances and Emily, what kinds of projects are you currently up to and what do you look forward to in the future? 

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Michael Korie
Michael Korie

received The Marc Blitzstein Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his lyrics in musicals and librettos in operas. Korie wrote the lyrics to composer Scott Frankel’s music for the Broadway productions of War Paint and Grey Gardens, with books by Doug Wright, and the off-Broadway productions of Far From Heaven and Happiness. For opera he adapted Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath with composer Ricky Ian Gordon. Korie’s original librettos to operas composed by Stewart Wallace include Harvey Milk, a new version of which premiered this season at Opera Theater of Saint Louis.

Frances Pollock

is an opera composer who has always wanted to write musicals. She’s working on that. She is a founding member of the Midnight Oil Collective. Follow her at

Emily Roller

is a musical theatre and opera librettist who dabbles in several other mediums. She is a founding member of the Midnight Oil Collective. Her website is

Editor, Joey Stocks
Joey Stocks

was born into an Arkansas newspaper family. He strayed into theatre as a performer before joining the Guild in August 2011 as Director of Publications and Editor of The Dramatist.