Musical Theatre Dept.
Composer, playwright, and pianist Andrew Gerle won the 2012 Kleban Award for outstanding librettist for his show Gloryana, which also won a 2011 Richard Rodgers Award, and received three Rodgers Awards for The Tutor (book and lyrics by Maryrose Wood). With lyricist Eddie Sugarman, he won a Jonathan Larson Award for their show Meet John Doe (cast album on Broadway Records), and he received the first Burton Lane Fellowship for Young Composers from the Theater Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. His play Renovations was premiered in 2011 at the White Plains Performing Arts Center and selections from his opera The Beach(libretto by Royce Vavrek) were premiered by the New York City Opera’s VOX series showcasing American composers. Recent projects include an adaptation of The Tempest with legendary lyricist Tom Jones (The Fantasticks) and a score for Barrington Stage Company’s production of Much Ado About Nothing.
Andrew has been a Fellow at the MacDowell Artists’ Colony and a writer-in-residence at the Sundance Theater Institute at Ucross, the Rhinebeck Writers’ Retreat, and the Eugene O’Neill Musical Theatre Conference. As a musical director, he has worked on dozens of off-Broadway, regional, and touring productions and he has been the featured pianist in the pits of such Broadway shows as Ragtime and An American in Paris. He has served as musical director and accompanist for such distinguished artists as Kitty Carlisle Hart, John Raitt, Jennifer Holliday, Shirley Jones, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Leslie Uggams, and Liz Callaway. He is the author of The Enraged Accompanist’s Guide to the Perfect Audition, which is becoming the go-to reference for professional and aspiring musical theater actors alike. He also serves on the faculty of Yale University, where he teaches musical theater performance and songwriting.