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.
WOMEN TO WATCH ON BROADWAY
Masi is named in the 2021 list of rising female leaders in the theatre from the Broadway Women's Fund. The theatre professionals on the list were selected by the Broadway Women's Fund leadership and advisory board, which includes Rachel Chavkin, Lynn Ahrens, Chita Rivera, Alia Jones Harvey, Theresa Rebeck, and Rachel Sussman, among others.
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, race, and musicals.