Masi Asare is a composer/lyricist, playwright, voice teacher, and performance scholar. Projects include The Family Resemblance (book, music, lyrics) a new musical play about a mixed race family and an African ancestor, developed at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center; Rishvor (book, music, lyrics), an original musical about a story of racial passing, commissioned by Barbara Whitman Productions/Grove Entertainment; the new musical adaptation of Mira Nair's film Monsoon Wedding (lyrics); and Red Line Suite, a new original musical commissioned by Chicago's Victory Gardens Theatre and the Toulmin Foundation. Her one-act play Mirror of Most Value, about super hero Kamala Khan a.k.a. Ms. Marvel, is published by Marvel/Samuel French. Masi holds a BA from Harvard and a PhD in Performance Studies from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Her scholarly book project is entitled Voicing the Possible: Technique, Vocal Sound, and Black Women on the Musical Stage. Masi is an assistant professor in the Theatre Department at Northwestern University, and divides her time between New York City and Chicago.
Creative Work in the Time of Covid-19: See video below for a little musical encouragement for our times (if you are able, please donate to the Dramatists Guild Fund to support theatre writers in need). Masi is also reading aloud a poem a day as a daily creative practice, listen here.