SCRT 2018 Composer in Residence, Alexander Sage Oyen
TRINIDAD, CO – As part of its commitment to the development of new writers, the
SCRT and Artistic Director Eli Carpenter are proud to announce 2018 Composer in
Residence, Alexander Sage Oyen.
Alexander Sage Oyen is the recipient of the 2014 ASCAP Foundation’s Lucille and Jack
Yellen award for lyricists. His musicals include OUTLAWS (Goodspeed Festival of New
Musicals- book by James Presson, dir. Noah Himmelstein), ARCHIE'S FINAL
PROJECT (Book by James Presson and David Lee Miller), DIVA (book by Sean Patrick
Monahan), A NIGHT LIKE THIS (book, music, lyrics, directed by Blayze Teicher, 54
Below) and MOMENT BY MOMENT (directed by Brandon Ivie, 54 Below). He and
collaborator James Presson were awarded the 2013-2014 Dramatist Guild Fellowship
and their musical, OUTLAWS, was the recipient of the 2014 ASCAP Workshop. He was
named one of Playbill’s “Contemporary Musical Theatre Writers You Should Know,” and
he was selected for the 2014 Johnny Mercer Songwriter’s Project. His music has been
heard at Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut, 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, Playwrights
Horizons, The Signature Theatre, New World Stages, The Laurie Beechman Theatre
and venues in Thailand, London, The Netherlands and all across the world.
As the Composer in Residence for the 2018 summer season, Oyen is developing a new
musical that will be presented in a world premiere workshop presentation at the SCRT
in August 2018. Additionally, the SCRT’s cabaret series will include evenings entirely
devoted to sharing work of Oyen’s with the Trinidad community.
Says Carpenter, “At the SCRT, we could not be more thrilled to begin this relationship
with Alexander Sage Oyen and with new musical theatre development. Alex’s work
beautifully exemplifies the work and artists we look forward to growing and working with
in Trinidad, Colorado. Alex’s work is fresh, thoughtful, and approachable while being
arousing, deeply creative, and utterly new. The SCRT believes that a commitment to
supporting new writers is not only vital to the continued growth of American theatre but
also brings wonderful attention to Trinidad as an arts and performing arts hub.”
Q&A with Alex:
What do you enjoy most about writing musical theatre?
Alex: I think the thing that I love most about it is how challenging it is. Writing theatre is
juggling 17 different things at the same time- you have to keep track of so many
different moving parts and I find it all deeply fascinating. And when you really get it right it’s like nothing else in the world.
How would you describe yourself as a writer? What is your style?
Alex: I’d describe myself as… eccentric. No, that’s not entirely fair. But I like to write
about complicated characters and that ends up taking me to weird corners of stories. I
like to play in a bunch of different idioms- rock, pop, a little R&B here and there- but I like to tailor them specifically to character or to genre based storytelling. Am I making
any semblance of sense?
What is the value of a Composer in Residence and New Works Initiative for you?
Alex: It’s incredibly valuable. It provides creative resources, actors, space and all of the
tools that you need to really craft a show. I always like to think that theatre is the most
collaborative of all of the art forms and the Composer in Residence/New Works Initiative
provides three of the most integral collaborations- a director, the actors and the
audience. I can’t wait to get to collaborate with everyone!
Can you share anything about the project you’ll be developing and sharing in
Trinidad this summer?
Alex: It’s an ensemble piece with some magic, some swords and some sweeter guitar
licks. Also it’s got a lot of heart- I can’t wait to really dive in!
About the SCRT
Heading into its 16th season, the SCRT is the region’s crown-jewel for performing arts.
Each summer the SCRT brings a company of 15-20 actors designers and directors to
Trinidad for the repertory company. In 2013, Trinidad became a Certified Colorado
Creative District and is now the demonstration project for Colorado’s Space to Create
program fueling a surge in downtown historic building renovations and creative
enterprise. With a rich history in the arts and creative achievement, Trinidad's downtown Creative District is a focal point of tourism and continued economic growth.
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