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For You, Paige
June 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm PDT
Executive Producer, Songwriter, Music Supervisor
Co-Executive Producer, Orchestrator, Orchestra Music Director, Conductor
MODERATED BY CHRIS VILLAIN (Actor)
Screening Link available upon Registration
YouTube Live Stream Q&A
Tuesday, June 21, 1:00PM (PT)
In a story inspired by real TikTokers, teenage music nerd, Landon collaborates with his best friend Paige, on a TikTok song inspired by her favorite book series. Landon’s TikTok goes viral, thrusting him into the spotlight — and leaving Paige behind. NR | 77mins
Daniel Mertzlufft is a classically trained composer, arranger, music director, songwriter, and TikTok influencer based in New York City. He is most known for his viral sensation The Thanksgiving Musical on The Late Late Show with James Corden featuring Audra McDonald, Patti LuPone, Josh Gad, Josh Groban, and Kristin Chenoweth, as well as his arrangement of “Remy The Ratatouille” by Emily Jacobson that launched the TikTok Ratatouille musical movement, and The Grocery Store Musical, featured on ABC’s Good Morning America among other outlets, which is an arrangement of Lousia Melcher’s “New York Summer.” Daniel was also recently a creative leader for Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical, a live-streamed concert produced by Tony-winning Seaview Productions that raised over $2 million for The Actor’s Fund. Daniel served as music supervisor, songwriter, and arranger of the 10-song performance, which was praised by critics worldwide including the LA Times and New York Times, and starred Tituss Burgess, Wayne Brady, André De Shields, Adam Lambert, Andrew Barth Feldman, and Kevin Chamberlin. Set to launch on April 14, 2022 is Daniel’s second major collaboration with TikTok, Project Broadway, a one-act musical broadcast live, for which he serves as executive producer, writer, music supervisor, and composer.
Daniel’s original works include Breathe: Portraits from a Pandemic, Dot and the Kangaroo, House Rules: A New Musical based on the New York Times Best Selling novel by Jodi Picoult, Far Memory, and Construction Site on Christmas Night. He also wrote on a new score for The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Letter; A New Opera, and a new score for Laura Eason’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Music Direction credits include Off-Broadway: Sistas, 54 Below Sings – ABBA, Ariana Grande, Pop Hits of the 2000s, and The Jonas Brothers. Arrangement & Orchestration credits include “Princess” by Matthew Lee Robinson from Witches for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Hans Christian Andersen, The Big One Oh!, “Children Will Listen” by Stephen Sondheim, “Rainbow Connection” by Paul Williams, and over 50 songs for Oh, What a Night!, The Rhythm of Life, & Fantastical Families, and more.
Macy Schmidt was recently honored on the Class of 2022 Forbes 30 Under 30 List in Music for her work as the Founder/CEO and Music Supervisor of The Broadway Sinfonietta. She has quickly risen to the top of her field as an artist, a businesswoman, and an advocate for women in entertainment. Since then, her work has expanded into executive producing in Television/Media, creative music direction for pop & Broadway stars, speaking engagements, and more.
Also named a 2021 “Woman to Watch on Broadway” by the Broadway Women’s Fund, Macy has worked on the Broadway production of TINA: The Tina Turner Musical and the upcoming Disney revival of Aida, as the Music Supervisor for the musical adaptation of Chelsea Clinton’s children’s book She Persisted at Atlantic Theatre Company, and as the Orchestrator of original works by Tony-Award winning composers Tom Kitt and Jeanine Tesori. She also served as the Orchestrator for the infamous Ratatouille: The TiKTok Musical, for which her work was praised by The New York Times for its likeness to a “classic Disney Act I finale in the brassy manner of Alan Menken.”
Kate Leonard is a lyricist and librettist based in New York. Recent projects include Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical; Breathe, a collection of five short musicals set during the COVID-19 pandemic; Fashion Show, an original musical comedy developed in part at the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat; and Dot and the Kangaroo, commissioned by iTheatrics and MTI Australasia. Kate was a finalist for the 2022 Kleban Prize, and her work has earned a Drama League Award nomination and a Webby Award. In television, Kate has worked on drama series including House of Cards (Netflix) and The Looming Tower (Hulu). Prior to the pandemic, she hosted a variety show at The PIT and performed improvised musicals around the globe. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and a member of the Dramatists Guild and the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Advanced Workshop.
Julie Riew is a musical theater composer, lyricist, and playwright. She is primarily known for her work on Shimcheong: A Folktale, an original musical that has received international support online and in the news for asking the question, “What would a Korean Disney Princess look like?” Despite her love for musical theater, Julia spent her first two years of college as a pre-med student before finding her footing as a joint-concentrator in Theater and Music. In her sophomore year, Julia co-founded the Harvard College Asian Student Arts Project (ASAP), a club created to provide the resources and community for Asian student artists, and co-wrote their first production, a musical called The East Side. She also performed as “Paulette” in ASAP’s all-Asian production of Legally Blonde: The Musical, which received national recognition in fall 2021.
Julia was the inaugural recipient of the Musicians United for Social Equity (MUSE) Linda Twine Scholarship (2021) as well as a member of the first MUSE One-on-One Mentorship Program (2021-22) in which she was paired with composer Jeanine Tesori. She was also a member of the inaugural Maestra Music Mentorship Program (2020-21) in which she was paired with Deborah Wicks La Puma. Her original work has been featured at the American Repertory Theater, Harvard University’s Farkas Hall and Agassiz Theater, AMAS Musical Theater, The UNC-Greensboro School of Theater, Nora Theater Company at Central Square Theater, The Harvard Art Lab, University of Missouri, The Community Music School of Webster University, and John Burroughs High School. Julia’s recent works include Alice’s Wonderland, an original musical in collaboration with J Quinton Johnson. Her other works include the TYA show Jack and the Beanstalk: A Musical Adventure was commissioned for the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.)’s 2020 Family Musical, and Thumbelina: A Little Musical (The A.R.T. 2019 Family Musical).
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Attendees will be emailed a Screening Link upon Registration and a Q&A YouTube Live Stream link on Tuesday, June 21, 10 minutes before Q&A start.
Attendees can ask questions on YouTube chat, and the SCL Host will pass them on to the Moderator. The SCL Member Code of Conduct applies to online Q&As.