Sarah Knapp and Steven M. Alper

Sarah Knapp and Steven M. AlperSarah Knapp (Lyrics, The Immigrant) and Steven M. Alper (Music, The Immigrant) wrote the score for The Immigrant, which began as a workshop production in New York at CAP21 and opened Off-Broadway at Dodger Stages in 2004. It received two Drama Desk nominations and was recorded on Ghostlight Records. 

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.  

April, 2008