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, Broadway's first impact investing 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.
New Scholarly Article
"Vocal Colour in Blue: Early Twentieth-Century Black Women Singers as Broadway's Voice Teachers" by Masi Asare has been published in the academic journal Performance Matters in a special issue on Sound Acts curated by Patricia Herrera, Marci R. McMahon, and Caitlin Marshall.
Michael R. Jackson Panel at Northwestern
February 25, 2021
Delighted to co-host this distinguished panel with Pulitzer prize winning composer/writer Michael R. Jackson (A Strange Loop), Northwestern School of Communication Dean E. Patrick Johnson, Professor Miriam Petty, and director Lili-Anne Brown.
The Visceral Voice Podcast
January 11, 2021
Masi was a guest speaker on The Visceral Voice podcast, hosted by Christine Schneider and Kimberly Doreen Burns, in a dedicated episode on "The Voice of the Dramatist."
St. Mark's School Litfest
The virtual Literary Festival at St. Mark's School in Dallas, Texas welcomed Masi as a Guest Writer over two days in January, alongside distinguished writers and artists including Lauren Groff, Bob Hass, Rhett Miller, and Calvin Watkins.
New Songs in Online Concert
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 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.