Tools of the Trade: Composers Talk High-Tech and Low-Tech
Artwork featuring the body of a small string instrument, affixed with metal scraps and tools

JAY ALAN ZIMMERMAN:  So, I want to get a little peek into your workspace. Do you have a workspace; do you have many workspaces? And if you do, let’s talk about the physical things: What are the instruments that you have there? What is your basic set-up? What are your physical essentials for creating?

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Jay Alan Zimmerman

’s works include Incredibly Deaf Musical (Duke on 42nd Street), BRAIN. STORM. (Prospect Theater Company), Roboticus with musical robots (Spotify/LEMURplex), Comfort Pet play for Disabled actors (Fault Line Theater), the Naughty & Nice Holiday Songbook (Lincoln Center/54 Below/Amazon), and the Seeing Music Visualizers (Google Creative Labs).

Masi Asare
Masi Asare

is a composer/lyricist, playwright, voice teacher, and performance scholar. She is assistant professor of theatre and performance studies at Northwestern University, and divides her time between New York City and Chicago. Her shows include: The Family Resemblance, Rishvor, Monsoon Wedding, Mirror of Most Value: A Ms. Marvel Play, Paradise Square (currently playing at Broadway’s Ethel Barrymore Theatre), and the secret agent musical Sympathy Jones.

Curtis Moore

 is a composer, songwriter and musician in New York. He wrote five original songs for the Amazon Prime hit series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (prime time Emmy nomination for Best Original Song), and is currently scoring the FOX animated series, HouseBroken. He is the recipient of the Fred Ebb and Jonathan Larson awards, LA’s Garland Award for best score, and the ASCAP award for film composing.

Rona Siddiqui
Rona Siddiqui

is a NYC-based composer/lyricist. Musicals: Salaam Medina: Tales of a Halfghan, One Good Day, Hip Hop Cinderella. Awards: Jonathan Larson Grant, Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award, ASCAP Harold Adamson Lyric Award, Mary Rodgers/Lorenz Hart Award. Music Direction: A Strange Loop.

Deborah Wicks La Puma

is one of the most produced Theatre for Young Audiences artists working today. Honors: Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Family Musical; Jane Chambers Playwriting Award; Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Musical Adaptation. She is a proud Mexican-American, “Navy brat,” and Tisch School of the Arts graduate.