Sarah Knapp and Steven M. Alper
Sarah and Steven received a commission from Maine State Music Theater and the National Alliance of Musical Theatre Producers to write the Civil War musical Chamberlain (aka Men and Angels), which premiered at Maine State. Their musical, The Library, was awarded an NEA production grant and premiered at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and Stamford Theatre Works. They are currently at work on a gothic music theatre piece based on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story, Rappaccini’s Daughter. Men and Angels, The Library, and Rappaccini’s Daughter were selected for development at The New Harmony Project, the prestigious writers’ workshop in Indiana. They contributed to the Drama Desk nominated musical, The Audience, and provided the songs for the Golden Books Read-In.
As an actor, Sarah has performed on and Off-Broadway, in Europe, and across the country in regional theatre, and she has served on the selection panel for the NEA.
Steven has composed many incidental scores for theatre including Phoenix Theatre’s Crucifer of Blood and Karen DeMauro’s Faces of God, and for several films, including James Manos’ The Wake-Up Call. With Karen DeMauro, he has written numerous award-winning educational musicals. He is the author of Next! Auditioning for the Musical Theatre (Heinemann
Books), has worked as conductor, musical director, vocal arranger and
orchestrator, and wrote the tutorial examples and Visual Index for
MakeMusic!’s Finale software.