Masi Asare is a composer/lyricist, playwright, voice teacher, and performance scholar who divides her time between New York City and Chicago. 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, in development with the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center and Playwrights Horizons; writing book, music, and lyrics for an original musical about a story of racial passing, commissioned by Barbara Whitman Productions/Grove Entertainment; and writing lyrics for the Broadway bound new musical adaptation of Mira Nair's film Monsoon Wedding. Masi holds a PhD in Performance Studies from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and is Assistant Professor in the Music Theatre Program at Northwestern University.