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Aug 2022 (upcoming)

My one-act play Cassie Goes to Congress will be produced by New Perspectives Theater as part of their Short Play Festival, August 8-13, 2022.  Tickets available here soon: 

https://www.newperspectivestheatre.org/buy-tickets

May 2022

A recording of my song “If I Didn’t Know Better” by singer Katherine Riddle was released by the Kurt Weill Foundation, as part of their Lotte Lenya Competition Songbook, Volume 2 ($1,500 award).  Check out the recording here!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VizKuPbs0Pk

https://www.kwf.org/news/kurt-weill-foundation-releases-second-volume-of-lotte-lenya-competition-songbook/

Mar 2022

My song/comedic music video "Love in the Time of Corona" and song "I'm Here" (music by Kris Bjarke) were selected by the Women in Media & the Arts Coalition for their upcoming concert "Conversations in America: 2020 Vision."  Check out the songs here!  http://www.womenartsmediacoalition.org/conversations-1

Feb 2022

I was selected for New Perspectives Theatre Company's Women's Work Short Play LAB, where I will develop a new one-act play to be produced in their summer festival.

https://www.newperspectivestheatre.org/ww-project-index

Feb 2022

I was selected for The Recording Academy's Musical Theater Task Force Mentorship Program, a free six-month program where I will be mentored by Grammy Award-winning Music Producer Kurt Deutsch.

Dec 2021

My song "Snow One Else for Me" (lyrics by Alara Magritte) was featured in Playdate Theatre's Holiday Cabaret at The Duplex in NYC.  https://www.playdatetheatre.com/holiday-cabaret-fundraiser

Nov 2021

My song “If I Didn’t Know Better” was selected for the Kurt Weill Foundation's Lotte Lenya Competition Songbook, Volume 2 - $1,500 award + song recording. 

www.kwf.org/lotte-lenya-songbook-series/

Sept 2021

I was accepted to the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop's Bookwriting course, a free year-long training program for emerging musical theater librettists.

www.bmi.com/theatre_workshop

Aug 3, 2021

My original kids musical Wanda Does the Water Cycle was performed at Lincoln Center GREEN.  Watch excerpts here!

Aug 2021

My short play Baubles, Bangles, and Bankruptcy was selected for the New Play Development Workshop at the ATHE conference and had development and virtual reading, directed by Robin Stone.

www.athe.org/group/PACT

Dec 2020-May 2021

I was accepted to the Maestra Mentorship Program, a free six-month program where I was mentored by Broadway Music Director & Orchestrator Mary-Mitchell Campbell. maestramusic.org/mentorship/

Feb 2021

My play There's Always Tomorrow was a finalist for the national Tennessee Williams & New Orleans 2020-2021 Writing Contest.

tennesseewilliams.net/

Feb 2021

Our short musical Crazy But True (music by Jon Hugo Ungar) had a virtual production in Iowa, produced by CAIM Creative Co. and The Coffee Boyz Productions.  Listen to a song from the show here!

Feb 2021

My short play Just Like Magic had a virtual production at Little Fish Theatre in California. www.littlefishtheatre.org

Feb 2021

Commissioned by Mind’s Eye Producing to write and produce musical comedy video for virtual corporate event at Bespoke Education. www.mindseyeproducing.com

Dec 2020

Our song “Snow One Else for Me” (lyrics by Alara Magritte) was selected for a studio recording on Playdate Theatre’s Holiday EP. 

www.broadwayworld.com/off-broadway/article/PLAYDATE-THEATRE-Announces-Conference-Winners-and-Original-EP-of-New-Works-20210209

Oct 2020

My short play Baubles, Bangles, and Bankruptcy was selected for the 10 Minutes a Month Playwriting Contest in the UK and received a virtual reading.

Oct 2020

My song “Love in the Time of Corona” was featured in the Zoom Thespians Telethon for the Arts, NYC.

Oct 2020

Our song “I’m Here” (music by Kristoffer Bjarke) was selected for Empower Her Voice's Scratch Night in the UK.  Listen to the song here!

Sept 2020

I was invited to join to the BMI Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop, a workshop for professional musical theater writers.

www.bmi.com/theatre_workshop

Sept 2020

My short play Just Like Magic was a semi-finalist for the Pick of the Vine contest at Little Fish Theatre in California.

Aug 2020

My short play Just Like Magic was a semi-finalist for The Seven, Fusion Theatre Short Works Festival in New Mexico.

Aug 2019

Our song “Someone I Don’t Know” (music by Maxwell Beer) was featured in Broadway Night at Prohibition (live music bar) in NYC.

June 2019

Our short musical Crazy But True (music by Jon Hugo Ungar) had a reading at the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop in NYC. Listen to a song from the show here!

Apr-May 2019

I was selected for The Workshop Theater's writers’ intensive (free, application only) in NYC, where I developed my play Herr Dentist.

Apr 2019

My song “If I Didn’t Know Better” was performed at The Duplex, NYC, featuring singer Katie Welsh.

Oct 2018

My short play Death at the Airport: A Post-Truth Tale was selected for a reading in INKshorts! at Art House Productions in New Jersey.

Sept 2018

I was selected for the prestigious BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, a two-year, free premiere training program for emerging musical theater writers, NYC.

Feb-Mar 2018

I was awarded an Erasmus+ traineeship grant to do a two-month placement as a Marketing Assistant at the Irish National Opera in Dublin, Ireland.

Aug 2017

My play Herr Dentist had a reading at the Traverse Theatre during the Edinburgh International Festival in Scotland, directed by Alan McKendrick.

Aug 2017

I completed my Master's in Playwriting with Distinction from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland (adviser: Nicola McCartney).

May 2017

My short play Just Like Magic was performed at the Village Pub Theatre in Scotland, directed by Philip Howard.

May 2017

My short play Death at the Airport: A Post-Truth Tale was a winner of the Merlin Theatre Short Play Contest in England.

Mar-Aug 2017

I joined the Writers Collective of the Village Pub Theatre in Scotland.

Mar 2017

My short play Death at the Airport: A Post-Truth Tale was performed at the Village Pub Theatre in Scotland, directed by Caitlin Skinner.

Mar 2017

I was selected via competitive application to attend a fully funded showcase of new European theater with other emerging theater artists in the E.U. at the Münchner Kammerspiele in Munich, Germany.

Feb-Apr 2017

I joined Traverse Young Writers at the  Traverse Theatre in Scotland, and my short play Death at the Airport: A Post-Truth Tale had a reading, directed by Fiona Graham.

May 2016

I was awarded the Witherspoon Scholarship - a full merit scholarship to complete a Master's in Playwriting at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

May 2016

I graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with an A.B. in Music and a Minor in Theater; Phi Beta Kappa.

May 2016

Received Music Theater Award from the Princeton University Lewis Center for the Arts.

Apr 2016

My musical The Luckiest Girl had a workshop production in the Princeton Theater Department's season, directed by Ethan Heard.

Nov 2015

Received the Milton Lyon Award for Outstanding Writing from the Princeton Triangle Club.

Nov 2015

My play All the Way Home had a workshop and reading at Theatre Intime at Princeton University.

Jan 2015

My musical Dream a Little Dream had a workshop and reading with Princeton University Players.

Sonya Hayden

Lyricist
Composer
Playwright