Getting to know all about me
(through my work and interviews)

Biography

Katya's new song "Ukraine", written at the start of Russia's invasion, was performed by Rita Markova and Seth Rudetsky on the Stars in the House's 10-hour telethon to benefit Ukraine. The star-studded telethon took place on March 26, 2022, and can be viewed below.

In November 2021, Katya was a guest on the Original Cast podcast. Listen to her and host Patrick Flynn discuss THE LAST FIVE YEARS, Yiddish, parenting, and writing.

Three of Katya's songs were featured in this installment of the Tin Pan Alley 2 Concert series. The songs are performed by  Sarah Ziegler, Laura Darrell, and Amy Justman.  

Katya talks with ALNM about her writing process, and showcases songs from Resident Alien, Going South, and a brand-new song from  Women on Love.

Katya discusses her teaching, mentoring, and scholarship as Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre at SUNY-New Paltz

Katya Stanislavskaya is a musical theatre composer, lyricist, librettist, musical director, and educator. Her original works include full-length musicals RESIDENT ALIEN and GOING SOUTH, theatrical song cycle WOMEN ON LOVE, and numerous short musicals and cabaret songs. Her works have been developed at the BMI Lehman-Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, Dramatist Guild Fellowship, New Dramatists, New Georges, Weston Playhouse, Astoria Performing Arts Center, New York Theatre Barn,  and Western Carolina University. Her songs have been performed at Joe’s Pub, Feinstein’s/54 Below, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, Ars Nova, Barrington Stage, Goodspeed Opera House, York Theatre, and Prospect theatre by Broadway perfomers including Taylor Trensch, Wes Taylor, Karen Ziemba, Malcolm Gets, Sarah Uriarte Berry, Alyse Alan Louis, Amy Justman, and Theresa McCarthy. Honors include the Jerry Harrington Award (BMI), Weston New Musical Award, MacDowell Fellowship, and Nautilus/New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio.

Katya is currently working on The Poorhouse Project, which will be developed with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance in 2021-22.

 

Katya has served as musical director, conductor, and/or pianist at Prospect Theatre, New York Musical Festival, Connecticut Repertory Theater, ACT of CT, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Barrington Stage (MA), Arden Theatre (PA), Act II Playhouse, and numerous colleges and universities. She is an Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre at State University of New York- New Paltz. Previously, she was the Musical Theatre Program Director at Western Carolina University, and has taught and music directed at NYU, Temple University, CUNY-Lehman, University of the Arts, and Westminster Choir College.

Recent and upcoming events

BMI Masterclass 

In October 2021, a  20-minute excerpt from The Poorhouse Project was presented at the Tony-Award winning BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. The evening was moderated by Adam Mathias, with special guest panelist, director Sarna Lapine.

Gainesville Theatre Alliance

 

Also in October 2021, Katya traveled to Georgia to workshop the first act of The Poorhouse Project with director Tracey Brent-Chessum and a student cast. She will return to GTA in February 2022 to present a complete draft of the musical.

 

Two Awards from State University of NY

Katya received the Dr. Nuala McGann Drescher Leave for Fall 2021. The Dr. Nuala McGann Drescher Diversity and Inclusion Leave Program enhances employment opportunities for employees who are preparing for continuing appointment (academic employees) or permanent appointment (professional employees). Established under the Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Committee, this Program seeks to promote diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity in SUNY’s workforce. During her leave, Katya will be developing her new musical, The Poorhouse Project.

Read about the Drescher Award.

Katya and two of her students, Christopher Lunetta and Gina Lardi, received a SURE  (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience) Award. During Summer 2021, they will be researching, rehearsing, and recording songs from The Poorhouse Project. 

MacDowell Fellowship

In May 2021, Katya spent two weeks in New Hampshire as a MacDowell Fellow. She will be working on The Poorhouse Project during her two-week residency. In September, Katya was

invited to be a Virtual MacDowell Fellow, where she shared ideas about making MacDowell more accessible to parent-artists. Read about the MacDowell here.

In this radio interview, Katya discusses her writing process and presents "Coffee for Two" from Women on Love.

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In this blog, Katya is interviewed about negotiating her teaching, writing, and music direction.