Masi Asare is a composer/lyricist, playwright, singer, voice teacher, and performance theorist in New York City. She wrote the score for the  secret agent musical Sympathy Jones, and is completing her PhD in Performance Studies at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Her doctoral dissertation is entitled Voicing the Possible: Technique, Vocal Sound, and Black Women on the Musical Stage. Masi was honored with the inaugural Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award for a woman composer of musical theatre, given by the Ziegfeld Club with mentorship from two Tony Award winning theatre women...composer Jeanine Tesori and producer Daryl Roth. Current projects include writing book, music, and lyrics for The Family Resemblance, a new, semi-autobiographical musical about a mixed race family and an African ancestor, commissioned by Theatre Royal Stratford East (London); and writing music and lyrics, with playwright Chisa Hutchinson, for an original family musical, The Forgetting Place.