New Songs in Online Showcase
DECEMBER 16 @ 7pm ET / 6pm CT
New York Theatre Barn's December New Works Series features 2 songs from the new musical-in-progress Garden of Starflowers (book, music, lyrics by Masi Asare), about a virtual pop star who takes holographic form. Songs performed by Isabelle McCalla (The Prom) and Jaime Cepero (Smash).
Plays to Progress Series Panel: O'Neill Center
December 9 @ 4:30pm ET / 3:30pm CT
Masi will join the panel for a conversation hosted by Eugene O'Neill Center executive director Tiffani Gavin, reflecting on the wonderful impact of writer/composer Kirsten Childs and her musical The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin.
This Golden Day
Masi has composed the music for an original number, with libretto by Tia DeShazor, for this virtual musical commissioned by Live & In Color and premiering with Emerson College in live online performances in November. Directed by Devanand Janki.
Kelsey Pharr, Jr. Speaker Series
Oct 2020 - May 2021
This new series named in honor of one of Northwestern University's first Black alums to go on to success in musical theatre, Kelsey Pharr, Jr. (1917-1961) is co-curated by Masi Asare and fellow Northwestern professor Roger Ellis. The inaugural 2020-21 series features musical theatre artists of color Lili-Anne Brown, Jess McLeod, and Brian Quijada.
Pandemic Songs, Vol. 1
The much-requested sheet music for Masi's Pandemic Songs will soon be available for purchase. To include "New dreams are coming," "Spare the time," "From Then," "Lullaby," and more. Check back here for updates later this fall!
New Virtual Play
September 10 @ 6pm CT / 7pm ET
Masi has a new short play in the virtual play collection Days of Re-Creation, premiering Sep 10. The collection includes work by BD Wong, SEVAN, AriDy Nox, Erlina Ortiz, Nandita Shenoy, and Lauren Yee. Masi's piece The Strong Friend, and Company is directed by Aneesh Sheth and stars L Morgan Lee, Sherz Aletaha, and Sushma Saha.
Broadway on Demand
Masi has a dedicated artist page on the new streaming site Broadway on Demand. The page features rarely seen videos of Masi's musical theatre writing, and new pandemic-era songs, free to watch.
Performing Black Futures Panel
August 5, 2020
Masi will speak on the panel "Anti-Racism and the Futures of Theater and Performance Studies Professionalization" at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Performance Studies Focus Group's postconference, via Zoom.
New Songs Now In Your Living Room
July 30, 2020 @ 8pm ET / 7pm CT
Sharing some new songs in the at-home livestream of this unplugged concert series from Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, NYC, with this talented lineup of theatre songwriters.
MAESTRA Technical Workshop
May 14, 2020
A free/pay-what-you-can session for MAESTRA's technical workshop series. The workshop draws on Masi's decade of experience as a grant writer and fundraiser, when she raised millions of dollars for arts and education organizations. Missed the class? You can rent the video replay, click below.