Ada Westfall is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, actor and proud trans woman who is a member of Actors' Equity Association and the American Federation of Musicians (Local 802). As a composer, her original music for A Play On War (Connelly Theater) earned a 2010 Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Music in a Play. She has composed music for shows by Theater Mitu, The Civilians, NAATCO, and Built For Collapse and wrote/starred as punk burlesque alter-ego Minq Vaadka in Minq Vaadka’s Narcischism: Un Cabaret d’Adieu (Robert Moss Theater). As an onstage musician, she has live-scored, played, and sung in shows like David Byrne’s Joan of Arc: Into the Fire (Public Theater), The Last Goodbye (Old Globe), Death of a Salesman (BAM) and Nuclear Love Affair (Prague Fringe Festival). As an actor; Off-Broadway: Rimbaud in New York (BAM), Songbird (59E59), Juárez: A Documentary Mythology (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), The Apostle Project (NYTW), Remnant (Mitu580). Regional: Pageant (Stoneham Theater), Juárez: A Documentary Mythology (American tour). International: Death of a Salesman (Santiago & Cairo), The LaMaMa Cantata (Tokyo), A Dream Play (Abu Dhabi), One Night Stand: An Improvised Musical (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Juárez: A Documentary Mythology (Abu Dhabi, Beirut, Cairo, Ciudad Juárez). Readings: Big Red Sun (54 Below), Volpone (Playwrights Horizons). Ada has played in other people’s bands and her own at many venues around NYC, such as Joe’s Pub, The Town Hall, Mercury Lounge, 54 Below, and Bowery Electric, in addition to independently releasing three albums as Minq Vaadka. She has taught as a guest artist at NYU, NYU Abu Dhabi, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (New York City), University of the Arts (Philadelphia), Tamagawa University (Tokyo) and has spent 12 years as a Theater Mitu Associate Artist, with whom she has participated in residencies at New York Theater Workshop, NYU Abu Dhabi, and Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center. Contributions to charitable fundraisers include performances for the Civilians’ Michael Friedman Legacy Fund (Joe’s Pub), NYCLU’s Broadway Stands Up For Freedom (Town Hall), and Richard Rogers School P.S. 166’s Broadway Sings (P.S. 166). She holds a BFA in Theater from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where she attended Playwrights Horizons Theater School and CAP 21, and is currently writing/composing a new piece called Woyzeck and Herself, a queer adaptation of Georg Büchner's seminal classic.
notable artists Ada has worked with include: F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus), Todd Almond (On the Levee), Hale Appleman (The Magicians), Kate Baldwin (Hello, Dolly!), the estate of Jeff Buckley (solo recording artist), David Byrne (of Talking Heads), David Cale (Harry Clarke), Louis Changchien (The Man In the High Castle), Tim Fite (of Little-T and One Track Mike), Michael Friedman (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Lena Hall (Hedwig & The Angry Inch), TC Hennes (of Crush Club), Steven Hoggett (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Jay Armstrong Johnson (Quantico), Rebecca Naomi Jones (Passing Strange), Kelly Karbacz (Orange Is the New Black), Jo Lampert (Orange Is the New Black), Cristin Milioti (Black Mirror), Eric William Morris (King Kong), Andrew Neisler (Charlatan), Steven Park (Fargo), Sam Pinkleton (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), Lauren Pritchard aka Lolo (Spring Awakening), James Rado (Hair), Bill Russell (Pageant), Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening), Jill Sobule (solo recording artist), Amy Spanger (Next To Normal), Georgia Stitt (The Last Five Years), Shaina Taub (Twelfth Night), Sonya Tayeh (So You Think You Can Dance), Alex Timbers (Beetlejuice), Tony Torn (The Blacklist), Sheila Vand (Argo), Mare Winningham (St. Elmo’s Fire), and BD Wong (Jurassic World)