About the Artists
Stephanie Salzman is a 4th generation New York composer/lyricist & vocal producer who writes musical theater, pop with/for recording artists & concert works. Her current writing projects include an original Amish hop hop musical, CROSSING OVER, with award winning writer Deborah Brevoort which received a $15,000 studio recording budget through USA Artists and has been selected for ASCAP’S inaugural New Musical Theater Festival at the Lied Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, Fall, 2013. Her high energy/dance, pop/rock musical LEFT TO OUR OWN DEVICES (Bookwriter EllaRose Chary) was a 2013 Ronald Ruble New Play Award Finalist with readings at the Caryl Crane Youth Theater, Momentum Festival & Shetler Studio, NYC.
Stephanie's commercial songs are published by Power Pitch Music & BOK
Music. She directs Power Pitch Music Studios where she coaches, co-writes,
vocal produces, teaches songwriting & develops young artists. Stephanie
received her MFA from the NYU Musical Theater Program where she taught Pop Songwriting seminars, she received her BFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is a LaGuardia H.S. Alum. She has traveled extensively, speaks French, avidly reads and plays tennis & resides in Manhattan with French husband Jean-Louis & their lively/creative daughter, Juliette.
Recordings: Whitney Houston (Arista/Platinum); 3LW/Cheetah Girls (Epic/Sony; Platinum); Gretchen Espina (Philippines Idol winner), Faith Hill (Warner Bros.); Miki Howard (Grammy nominated/Concord); Innosense (RCA); Toshi Kubota (#1 in Japan;Sony); Carl Anderson (worldwide airplay; MCA).
Theater Performances/Productions: LEFT TO OUR OWN DEVICES (Caryl Crane Youth Theater, Momentum Rep, Shelter Studio); A WOMAN ALONE WITH OUT-OF-STATE PLATES (NYU; Director: Tom O'Horgan); TWO BARE ARMS (York Theater); 4 MUSICAL THEATER VIGNETTES (Sanford Meisner, NYC); NAPM Showcases; A NIGHT OUT WITH THE GIRLS, nominated for MAC Outstanding Original Revue; New Dramatists, (National Music Theater Network); SITTING ON THE EDGE OF THE FUTURE, (Amer. Music Theater Fest. Phil.); THE ODYSSEY/LOLA MONTEZ, (Carnegie Mellon), etc.
Film/TV: Tia & Tamara, Taking the Stage, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Soul Food, Any Day Now, The Shield, Huff, Resurrection Blvd, Gameday (Richard Lewis)
Awards: Grammy nominated CD (Miki Howard), Nat. Acad. of Popular Music Olman Excellence in Songwriting Award; Hammerstein/Tisch Scholarships, Ascap Popular Awards; Meet the Composer; Penn Writers Society
Vocal Producing/Songwriting/Coaching/Music Directing: Tha Rayne/Arista, Videos: Christmas in NYC& Boomx2. Also: The Odyssey, 2 Bare Arms, etc.
Deborah Brevoort is the author of numerous plays, musicals and operas including THE WOMEN OF LOCKERBIE which is currently being produced all over the US and internationally after winning the silver medal in the Onassis International playwriting competition. It is published by Dramatists Play Service and is translated into nine languages.
She is a two-time winner of the Frederick Loewe Award in Musical Theatre, for KING ISLAND CHRISTMAS based on the Alaskan children’s book, with composer David Friedman, and COYOTE GOES SALMON FISHING with composer Scott Davenport Richards. KING ISLAND CHRISTMAS was recorded by 12-time Grammy winner Thomas Z. Shepard. She wrote the book and lyrics for GOODBYE MY ISLAND, based on the Alaskan children’s book, with music by David Friedman.
Deborah wrote the librettos for EMBEDDED, a one-act opera inspired by Edgar Allan Poe stories with composer Patrick Soluri, which was produced at Ft. Worth Opera and Fargo Moorhead Opera, and STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME, with composer Gerald Cohen (world premiere at Opera Colorado.) She also created new adaptations for Strauss’s DIE FLEDERMAUS and Mozart’s THE IMPRESARIO for the Anchorage Opera. She was a finalist for the 2018 Dominic Pellicciotti Prize in Opera Composition for ALBERT NOBBS, with Patrick Soluri. Other musical works include: BLUE MOON OVER MEMPHIS a Noh Drama about Elvis Presley (published by Applause Books in “The Best American Short Plays”) which is currently touring internationally by Theatre Nohgaku in a traditional, Noh production.
Her plays include: MY LORD, WHAT A NIGHT, about Marian Anderson and Albert Einstein; THE COMFORT TEAM about military spouses, which premiered at Virginia Stage; THE POETRY OF PIZZA, a cross-cultural comedy about love produced by Purple Rose Theatre, Mixed Blood, Virginia Stage, Cal Rep and others; THE BLUE-SKY BOYS about the intersection of creativity and science, commissioned by the EST/ Sloan project and produced at the Barter Theatre and Capital Rep; THE VELVET WEAPON, a backstage farce; and, SIGNS OF LIFE and INTO THE FIRE. Her work is published by Samuel French, Dramatists Play Service and No Passport Press.
Deborah is an alumnus of New Dramatists, one of the original company members with Perseverance Theatre in Alaska, a co-founder of Theatre Without Borders, dedicated to international theatre exchange and a member of the National Theatre Conference. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation of the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, New Jersey Council on the Arts, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation and numerous others. She teaches in the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing program at NYU, the MFA playwriting program at Columbia University, and the MFA creative writing program at Goddard College.