Dr. Masi Asare is a composer/lyricist, playwright, voice teacher, and interdisciplinary performance scholar. She teaches courses in musical theatre studies, vocal performance studies, and musical theatre writing. Her scholarly book project Voicing the Possible: Technique, Vocal Sound, and Black Women on the Musical Stage examines the impact of blues singers on Broadway belting and makes the case for the need to feel the racial history in contemporary practices of musical theatre performance. Masi has presented on her creative work and on her research about race, voice, and musicals at national and international conferences including the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), BroadwayCon, EMP PopCon, and Song, Stage, and Screen (SSS). As a voice teacher, her students have performed on Broadway, in major regional theatre productions, and on international tours.
Her theatre works include the one-act Mirror of Most Value: A Ms. Marvel Play, about teen super hero Kamala Khan (Marvel/Samuel French); music and lyrics for the secret agent musical Sympathy Jones (Playscripts), with 40 productions to date internationally; and book, music, and lyrics for The Family Resemblance, an original musical about a mixed race family, commissioned by Theatre Royal Stratford East and developed at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center/National Music Theatre Conference. Other projects include book, music, and lyrics for Rishvor, a new musical about racial passing, commissioned by Barbara Whitman Productions and Grove Entertainment; and lyrics for the Broadway bound new musical adaptation of Mira Nair's film Monsoon Wedding. Masi is a past participant in musical theatre writing workshops at BMI, ASCAP, New Dramatists, and the Dramatists Guild Fellows program. Her work has also been performed at New York City Center, Playwrights Horizons, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, New World Stages, New York Musical Festival, 54 Below, York Theatre, and Lincoln Center.
PhD, Performance Studies, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts
MA, Performance Studies, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts
BA, magna cum laude, Performance Studies, Harvard University
Recent Awards and Honors
- Stacey Mindich “Go Write A Musical” Lilly Award - 2019
- Theater Hall of Fame Emerging Artist Grant - 2019
- Honorable Mention, NYU Outstanding Dissertation Prize - 2019
- Paulette Haupt Composition Prize, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center - 2018
- Georgia Bogardus Holof Lyricist Award, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center - 2018
- Theatre 253 Music Theatre History
- Theatre 350 Special Topics: Vocal Styles
- Theatre 355 Creating the Musical
- Theatre 546 Vocal Sound and Performances of Race