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SCRT begins new works initiative with composer in residence, Alexander Sage Oyen

courtesy Gloria Hall, SCRT 
TRINIDAD — 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.”