Tony Asaro is a co-founder of FOGG Theatre and currently serves as Artistic Director.
Tony received his undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University in 1998 in Theatre and Music, and later received his Masters Degree in Musical Theatre Writing from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU: Tisch School of the Arts. In 2008, he was honored with the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust Award for songwriting. In 2011, he was a Resident Artist in American Lyric Theater’s Composer Librettist Development Program.
As a composer/lyricist, Tony has worked on a number of music theatre projects including FOGG Theatre’s first commission, The Cable Car Nymphomaniac which played to sold out houses in both January and June of 2015, and the award winning Our Country (with Dan Collins), which received its world premiere in June of 2009 through the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. Our Countrywent on to win four Planet Connections awards, including Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical, and Outstanding Book, Music & Lyrics of a Musical, and was subsequently published in the “2010: Plays and Playwrights” anthology of new plays (NYTE Small Press). The hit show then enjoyed a successful run in 2010 at New York Musicals Theatre Festival. Tony has self-produced every iteration of Our Countryincluding the concept album (available on iTunes!) He has also self-produced multiple readings of his show The Many, Many Men of Tony Asaro in both New York City and San Francisco, and has co-produced concerts of his own work on both coasts as well. Tony’s first musical, Family has enjoyed two productions–one at SCU in 1999 and one at the Ryan Repertory Theatre in New York City in 2000.
Also an accomplished librettist, Tony has received commissions from choirs and opera companies to pen libretti for multiple operas and oratorios. His oratorio Such Beautiful Things, written with composer Jeff Parola, was commissioned by Choral Chameleon of New York City, and performed by them in 2010. His opera All Wounds Bleed, written with composer Chris Cerrone, was presented in Opera America’s New Works Forum in 2012, and received its world premiere at Tulsa Opera in 2013. Tony has recently been commissioned by American Lyric Theatre to write the libretto for a family opera adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree.
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