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New Work Development

Each year since 2017 we have worked with students, alumni and outside partners to develop new works at ASU. Most of these have gone on to additional professional workshops and world premieres.

“Babe: an Olympian Musical”
Music by Andrea Jill Higgins (ASU alum)
Book and lyrics by Caroline Gage
Additional performances at the National Women’s Music Festival

“Prism”
Music by Ellen Reid
Libretto by Roxie Perkins
Co-produced with Beth Morrison Projects (ASU alum)
World premiere at Los Angeles Opera and Prototype Festival
Pulitzer-Prize winner

“The Halloween Tree”
Music by Theo Popov
Libretto by Tony Asaro
Co-produced with American Lyric Theatre
Lawrence Edelson, Producing Artistic Director

“Til Death: A Musical”
Music by Alexander Tom (ASU alum)
Book and lyrics by Amanda Prahl (ASU alum)
Co-produced with School of Film, Dance and Theatre
Additional performances at the Phoenix Theatre Festival of New American Theatre

“Behold The Man”
Music by Paul Fowler
Libretto by Andrew Flack
Additional performances at Fort Worth Opera’s Frontiers Festival

“Marie Begins”
Music by Ellen Fishman Johnson
Libretto by Julia Curcio
Co-production with Tri-Cities Opera
Susan Ashbaker, Artistic Director
Additional performances at Tri-Cities Opera

“The Anxiety Project”
Music by Rachel Dean
Book by David Brush
Co-production with Phoenix Theatre Company
Additional performances at Phoenix Theatre Company