ABOUT

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ADA WESTFALL is a writer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, performer, and proud transgender woman whose mission is to disrupt, interrogate, and diversify the canon, trends, and methodology in the field of music as it intersects all types of performance and the collaborative arts at large. She is experienced at taking on a number of roles often simultaneously (composer, music director, lead actor, onstage musician, et al.) on a wide variety of productions – everything from large-scale commercial spectacle to research-based experimental performance. Career highlights include In the Green (Lincoln Center LCT3), Joan of Arc: Into the Fire (The Public Theater), Death of a Salesman (BAM), and a 2010 Drama Desk Award nomination (Outstanding Music in a Play) for A Play On War (The Connelly Theater). She has worked as a guest teaching artist at educational institutions such as NYU, NYU Abu Dhabi, University of the Arts, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Mark Morris Dance Center, and Tamagawa University, and she has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Prague Fringe Festival, MESS Festival, the Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theater, across the United States, and the globe: Japan, The United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Egypt, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Poland, The Czech Republic, Chile, and Mexico. During her 15+ years calling New York City home, she has become an Associate Artist with two Brooklyn-based theater companies: Theater Mitu (since 2006) and The Civilians (since 2016) and has performed at fundraisers, galas, and awards shows for The MacDowell Colony, NYCLU, The Lilly Awards, Williamstown Theater Festival, The Civilians’ Michael Friedman Legacy Fund, Fresh Ground Pepper, and The Richard Rogers School of the Arts and Technology (P.S. 166). An interview with Ada about her work as arranger, orchestrator, and MD appears in Volume #3 of Musical Theater Today, and she has been featured on podcasts (LoveLink and The Rad Dudecast) discussing her experience as a trans woman. A member of AEA and AFM Local 802, she holds her undergraduate degree in theater from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where she attended Playwrights Horizons Theater School and CAP 21. Ada resides in Brooklyn, NY with her fiancée, Rachel, and her mini Aussie shepherd, Ongo; she writes and produces music out of her modest home project studio and is currently developing two original pieces: Woyzeck & Herself, a queer adaptation of Georg Büchner’s seminal classic, and Love Hotel, a speculative musical about the future of human sexuality.

coming soon:

The Rocky Horror Show (2020) A.C.T., dir. Sam Pinkleton

Another Rose (2020) Virgin Voyages, dir. Andrew Neisler

Big Apple Circus (2019 Season), dir. Cecil MacKinnon

selected professional work:

In the Green (2019) Lincoln Center LCT3, dir. Lee Sunday Evans

  • music director

  • conductor

  • bass, synth

Death of a Salesman (2017) BAM, dir. Rubén Polendo

  • arranger

  • music director

  • piano, drums, prepared electric guitar, live foley

Joan of Arc: Into the Fire (2017) The Public Theater, dir. Alex Timbers

  • onstage musician

  • electric/acoustic guitar, 12-string, requinto, background vocals

Rimbaud in New York (2016) BAM, dir. Steve Cosson

  • various roles

  • composer

  • music director

  • electric guitar, singing saw, Ableton & looper pedal programming

Songbird 

(2015) 59E59, dir. JV Mercanti

  • Dean [lead role]

  • electric/acoustic guitar

(2018) Two River Theater, dir. G.T. Upchurch

  • assistant music director

The Last Goodbye (2013) The Old Globe, dir. Alex Timbers

  • band lead singer

  • electric/acoustic guitar

selected work for educational institutions:

Guys & Dolls (2018) University of the Arts, dir. Andrew Neisler

  • arranger

  • orchestrator

  • electric/acoustic guitar

Times Square (2018) NYU, dir. Steve Cosson

  • music director

  • orchestrator

  • electric/acoustic guitar

The Odyssey (2013) NYU Abu Dhabi, dir. Rubén Polendo

  • composer

  • music director

  • orchestrator

  • conductor

  • synth

2010 Drama Desk Award nomination for Best Music in a Play:

A Play On War (2010) The Connelly Theater, dir. Rubén Polendo

  • composer

  • arranger

  • orchestrator

  • piano, banjo, harmonium, singing saw, percussion

residencies (with Theater Mitu):

NYU Abu Dhabi (2011 - 2017)

The Watermill Center (2008)

New York Theater Workshop (2006 - 2009)