Melissa Li (Music, Lyrics, Book) is a Jonathan Larson Award recipient, a Dramatists Guild Musical Theatre Fellow, a MacDowell Colony Fellow, a Lincoln Center Theater Writer in Residence, a Musical Theater Factory MAKER, and a former Queer|Art|Mentorship Fellow. Musicals include Interstate (New York Musical Festival, Winner “Outstanding Lyrics”), Surviving the Nian (The Theater Offensive, IRNE Award Winner for "Best New Play" 2007), and MISS STEP (5th Avenue Theatre). Her works have received support from the Bret Adams and Paul Reisch Foundation, Goodspeed Musicals Johnny Mercer Colony, The Village Theater, National Performance Network, New England Foundation for the Arts, and Dixon Place, among others. Melissa has released music as a solo artist and collaboratively, including 2 Seconds Away, Drive Away Home (with Good Asian Drivers), and The Beginning (as Melissa Li & The Barely Theirs). She is proud to be from Boston, and proud to be based in NYC and Baltimore. For more info, visit: www.melissali.com.
Kit Yan (Lyrics, Book) is a Yellow American New York based artist, born in Enping, China, and raised in the Kingdom of Hawaii. They are a 2019 Playwrights Center Many Voices Fellow, a Vivace Award winner, 2018-19 Dramatists Guild Musical Theater Fellow, a 2018-19 Lincoln Center Theater Writer in Residence, a 2018 Trans Lab Fellow (Public Theater/ WP Theater), a 2018 Village Theater Resident, a 2018 Mitten Lab resident, and a former Civilians resident. Their work has been produced by the American Repertory Theater, the Smithsonian, Musical Theater Factory, the New York Musical Festival, and Dixon Place. Their first musical Interstate, written with collaborator Melissa Li, won the Outstanding Lyrics award at the 2018 New York Musical Festival. Their solo play Queer Heartache has won 5 awards at the Chicago and SF Fringes. For more info, visit: www.kityanpoet.com.
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