Masi Asare is a composer/lyricist, playwright, voice teacher, and performance scholar. She is assistant professor of theatre and performance studies at Northwestern University, and divides her time between New York City and Chicago.
This Civil War era musical set in Manhattan's Five Points neighborhood is scheduled to open in Chicago in fall 2021 and Broadway in early 2022, with Masi on the creative team as a lyricist. Directed by Moisés Kaufman and choreographed by Bill T. Jones, with musical staging by Graciela Daniele.
REACTIVATING MEMORY SYMPOSIUM
Masi will share music and comments about the iconic 1921 musical Shuffle Along in a lecture-perfomance ("Songs of Shuffle Along") at a virtual symposium with Princeton University on Fri 9/10 at 9:45am ET. Free and open to the public.
KAPLAN INSTITUTE FELLOWSHIP
Masi has been selected as a 2021-22 Faculty Fellow at the Northwestern University Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, to continue her research on black women, voice, and musicals.