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#WRITEOUTLOUD2019 Contest

Check out our featured composers!

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Mackenzie Szabo is a 17 year old singer/songwriter from Secaucus, NJ. She has been writing and playing music, singing, and performing since the age of two. Along with the love of music, she is also an athlete and competes on her high school’s varsity soccer and basketball teams. To hear some of her music check out her Youtube channel: Mackenzie Szabo or her instagrams: @mackenzie_szabo or @mszabomusic

"Don't Trust Her"

MACKENZIE SZABO

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Joriah Kwamé is an upcoming writer and performer from Kalamazoo, MI. He's been composing music since he was 11 years old.  His biggest inspirations are Stephen Sondheim and Lin Manuel Miranda. He has written 5 musicals, most being recently a charity album for Suicide Prevention, "TAPES: A Song Cycle".

"Little Miss Perfect"

JORIAH KWAMÉ

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Kailey Marshall is a New York based composer/lyricist. As a performer of her own work, Marshall creates femme forward, pop infused musical theatre. Marshall’s work has been featured at 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, Don’t Tell Mama’s, the Highline Ballroom, and Lincoln Center. She was recently selected as one of five composers for New Dramatist’s Composer/Librettist Studio. She was also featured at 54 Below as part of the New Writers Series, where she performed, music directed, and wrote an evening of new material. She has received readings of two of her shows, Confirmed and Songs for Slutty Girls in association with Pace University’s New Musicals Program, and Don’t Tell Mama’s. She won the Twenty Somethings Two Fresh Pens Contest with her song “Give It Up.” In 2015, Marshall music directed the New York Times Critic Pick If I Never Love Again, by Clare Barron, at the Bushwick Starr. Marshall continues to generate new work and is a graduate of Pace University’s BFA Musical Theatre program. 

kaileymarshall.com @kmarshland

"Brave"

KAILEY MARSHALL

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Jessica Lattman is a singer-songwriter whose musical style spans from NYC Broadway to Pop to Nashville Country. With a unique and current voice, Jessica’s music explores themes of love, loss and life’s milestones. Jessica is also a prominent aesthetic surgeon based in Manhattan. She regularly mentors women medical students and supports organizations that help develop the musical voices of women in NYC.

JESSICA LATTMAN

"You Undo Me"

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Greg Edwards co-wrote the script for Application Pending (Off-Broadway, Drama Desk nomination) and Craving for Travel (Off-Broadway).  Additionally, he wrote lyrics for Neurosis (Off-Broadway, SALT Award) and book and lyrics for Evelyn Shaffer and the Chance of a Lifetime (Samuel French OOB Festival winner, Take a Ten Podcast, City Theatre National Award) and The Almost In-Laws (Take a Ten Podcast, City Theatre, TNNY Best of Festival). Greg's essays appear in Avidly (LA Review of Books) and McSweeney's, and his game Jessica Plunkenstein and the Dusseldorf Conspiracy (NYT "Best Adventure Game of the Year") was published by PC Gamer UK. Greg is an alumnus of Yale (Phi Beta Kappa), the BMI Workshop (Harrington Award), and the Dramatists Guild Fellows. He can be stalked most effectively at www.greged.com.

Andy Roninson is a 2019 Jonathan Larson Grant recipient, an upcoming Dramatists Guild Fellow, and a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. He is the creator/host of the groundbreaking ten-minute musical podcast TAKE A TEN, which featured Broadway voices like Laura Osnes, George Salazar, Nick Blaemire, and more. Episodes have been produced live around the world and have won numerous awards including Best Musical twice at TNNY's SOUND BITES festival, top prize at the Sam French OOB Short Play Festival, and the 2016 City Theater National Award for Short Playwriting. To hear every episode, visit TakeATenMusicals.com. For more about Andy, visit AndyRoninson.com.

GREG EDWARDS

& ANDY RONINSON

"Game On"

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Jared Johnson is a 22-year-old actor and composer based in New York City. 

He is currently studying Musical Theatre at Manhattan School of Music in addition to pursuing his composing and playwright career. Having been writing music and lyrics since the age of fourteen, 

he is excited to make his New York songwriting debut at 54 Below in the Write Out Loud concert alongside other talented writers and performers

JARED JOHNSON

"The Golden Gate"

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Fritz is a 19 year old theater student from Tyler, Texas who is an aspiring actor and songwriter. Fritz is greatly influenced by the music created by Pasek and Paul, Drew Gasparini, and Kerrigan and Lowdermilk. “I’d like to thank my theater director Ms. Clemens for helping me embrace musical theater, and Ben Rauhala for the support and guidance he has given me throughout the past couple years!” Instagram: @Onthefri

FRITZ HAGER

"Boulders & Roses"

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Brandon Michael Lowden is a Pittsburgh-raised, New York-based bookwriter, composer, and lyricist whose work has been performed at least once for a South African pet adoption benefit.  When he dies, he hopes for his body to be digitized and stored as bonus content on a random box set of Fast and Furious BluRays.  Surf the World Wide Web with him at bookmusiclyrics.com.

"Android Ashley"

BRANDON MICHAEL LOWDEN

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Indy is 21 years old and all the way from Melbourne, Australia! 

She attended the Victorian College of the Arts, studying Musical Theatre before realising her true passion lay within singing and songwriting. 

She is currently working on releasing an EP of pop/soul music very soon and is busy writing her original musical “Tragic”, about the ups and downs of young adulthood in a world that sometimes doesn’t allow you to love yourself. Using writing as a platform to express human emotion in 2019 is such a beautiful thing, and Indy will continue to use this platform for how ever long this journey takes her.

"Regardless"

INDY ANGEL

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Douglas Lyons and Ethan D. Pakchar:

Productions: Five Points at Theatre Latte Da and Beau at The Adirondack Theatre Festival. Commissions: 5th Ave Theatre & Prospect Theater Company. Residences: Roundabout Theatre Company, Bucks County Playhouse, Goodspeed Musicals and more. Check out their debut album #Love(Live). The team is now developing Five Points with Hamilton's Andy Blankenbuehler. 

"Chemistry"

DOUGLAS LYONS &

ETHAN PAKCHAR

Dmitry Koltunov is a Ukrainian born singer-songwriter/startup-founder living in New York City. During the day he runs a tech company called ALICE and spends his off-hours writing for theatre. He is the singer/guitarist for Broken Record Player, an indie rock band that regulars at some of the best independent music stages of NYC. Dmitry is a graduate of UPENN where he studied Economics and Computer Science, while exploring the arts with Poetry, Jazz, and Music Theory. In 2017, Dmitry was a resident writer with the Musical Theatre Factory’s program in partnership with Playwright’s Horizons. He was also part of the New York Theatre Barn’s Emerging Voices program.  In 2019 Dmitry was awarder the ASCAP Scholarship for the NYMF Musical Songwriting Workshop. The exploration of the American dream is a central theme to his writing, as is family, and the immigrant experience. Dmitry is a husband, and a proud father of two wonderful kids, which provide boundless inspiration and moments of unexpected theatrical insight.

"Boulders & Roses"

DMITRY KOLTUNOV

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Bonnie Gleicher is a composer, lyricist, and music producer whose career began as a kid performing on Broadway in JANE EYRE and ANNIE. In addition to writing the song “Love," she's currently writing and producing the music and lyrics for the new YouTube series MARMAR LAND with studio Pocket.watch, led by the former heads of Disney Online Originals and Nickelodeon. She's also the composer/lyricist of ADDY & UNO, which ran over a year and a half on 42nd Street, and tours across the tri-state area. The musical has gone on to become one of the top-rated shows in New York and was nominated for the Off-Broadway Alliance Award. Selena Gomez and Victoria’s Secret models danced to her song “I Want Tonight Forever,” chosen as the behind-the-scenes theme song for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2015.

"Love"

BONNIE GLEICHER

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Robert is thrilled to have his song “Friendly Thing” recognized at “Write Out Loud: From Contest to Concert." He has been writing songs for over 10 years and in that time had the opportunity to record originals at SonyTree Studios in Nashville. Robert is the lead singer in his party band “The Current Sound” and loves any opportunity to perform. He lives in Utah where he graduated from BYU in Business Management and now works as a full time Realtor where he enjoys his second great passion: homes. He’d like to thank his family for their encouragement and support and send a big thank you to the girl who just wanted to be a “Friendly Thing."kaileymarshall.com @kmarshland

"Friendly Thing"

ROBERT NAYLOR

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Noah Sunday-Lefkowitz and Emma Lockwood have been writing musical theatre together at 2 in the morning since 2015. They have workshopped and staged three versions of their first full-length musical, "My Brother, Walt" at Muhlenberg College, and most recently presented a staged reading of their new song-cycle about the 21st century entertainment business. They sound kind of like if Billy Joel had married Nathan Lane (Disclaimer: they know that Nathan Lane is not a composer). @sundaylefkowitzandlockwood

"Booked & Blessed"

LOCKWOOD &

SUNDAY-LOFKOWITZ