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ANESSA MARIE is a composer/lyricist, music director, pianist, and orchestrator based in NYC. Her song cycle, Finding Beautiful (written with Danny Bristoll), debuted at NYMF in 2019. She is currently writing Reign, a rock musical based on Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II, with Will Shishmanian. Other musicals currently in development include A First Glimpse of Light and N-Un!@$%able, both of which she is also writing the book.

Anessa also has a passion for education and ensuring the arts live on, and has served as a guest artist with NYU, Pace University, Fordham University, CAP21, LIU-Post, Broadway for Arts Education, The International College of Musical Theatre, The Growing Studio, Musical Theatre Factory, etc. She has served as a mentor/music director for The American Theatre Wing’s Musical Theatre Songwriting Challenge, and her arrangements and orchestrations can be heard on the 2021 and 2022 albums.

Broadway: Chicago (K2/Accordion Sub), Disney’s Aladdin (K1 Sub); Regional/Off-Broadway: A Beautiful Noise (Music Asst., Emerson Colonial), The Griswold’s Broadway Vacation (AMD/Reh. Pianist), Joy (AMD/Rehearsal Pianist), Wonderboy (Orch., 5th Ave), The Golden Record (Arr./Orch.), Into the Woods (MD, OOTB), The Gunfighter Meets His Match (Goodspeed Musicals, MD/Arr.), Far From Canterbury (Barnstormers, World Premiere, MD), Rule of Three (Prospect Theatre Company, MD), Miss Step (5th Ave – Reading, MD), ​Hammer (NYU Tisch, MD), Queering the Canon (Joe’s Pub, MD),​ Interstate (NAMT, MD), The Office Musical Parody (Jerry Orbach, MD), Finding Beautiful (NYMF, Signature Center, MD/Orch./Arr./Composer/Lyricst), American Girl Live (Nat’l Tour, MD), City of Light (SHE NYC, MD), The Addams Family (Fordham, MD).