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M. D Schaffer

M. D Schaffer

They/Them

M. D Schaffer

They/Them

Biography

M. D. Schaffer is a Non-Binary, Ashkenazi, African-American writer, choreographer, librettist, and lyricist born in Houston, Texas, and residing in New York City. Their previous works include “Southern Seeds: An Americana Story” with the Ensemble Theatre’s New Voices Fest, “The Last Days of Victor Greymore” with Emerging Artist Festival, “A Rodeo Clown” with the Obsidian Theatre Festival, & “Drapetomania: A Negro Carol” with the We Will Dream Festival. Their work as a lyricist has been performed at Rattlestick Theater, 54 Below, and Musical Theater Factory. They are a proud alumni of Princeton University & the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at New York University-Tisch. Their works examine the relationship between Americana historical romanticism and contemporary American reality. Using their degree in Anthropology, they look to represent cultures honestly to create spaces for all people to speak, connect, and form a solidified resistance to damaging and oppressive structures.

Professional Experience

  • Regional
  • Concerts/Cabaret

Regions

  • NYC/Tri-State Area

Interested in touring?

  • No

Maestra Expertise

  • Theatrical Composer (Music and Lyrics)
  • Theatrical Composer (Music only)
  • Theatrical Lyricist
  • Theatrical Bookwriter

Primary Instruments

  • Piano
  • Voice

Software

  • Musescore

Additional Skills

  • Playwright

Affiliations

  • THE DRAMATISTS GUILD
  • MUSE

Person of Color?

  • Yes