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Sonya Hayden

Sonya Hayden

  • She/Her
  • Biography

    Sonya Hayden is an award-winning composer, lyricist, librettist, and playwright. Her work includes musicals WANDA DOES THE WATER CYCLE (book/music/lyrics, Lincoln Center Festival, soon to be licensed by MTI through a partnership with Theatre Now New York), IT AIN’T OVER ‘TIL THE BAT LADY SINGS and SING A SONG OF SIX PANTS (co-book/music, NY Public Library for the Performing Arts), CRAZY BUT TRUE (book/lyrics, CAIM Creative Co.), and THE LUCKIEST GIRL (book/music/lyrics, Princeton University); songs “If I Didn’t Know Better” (music/lyrics, Kurt Weill Foundation's Lotte Lenya Competition Songbook, $1,500 award) and “The Plant Song” (music/lyrics, Winner, MAC 2023 John Wallowitch Award for songwriting, $500 award); and plays CASSIE GOES TO CONGRESS (New Perspectives Theatre), THERE’S ALWAYS TOMORROW (Piccolo Spoleto Festival; Finalist, international Tennessee Williams Festival Play Contest), JUST LIKE MAGIC (Little Fish Theatre), and THE CLUMPS (Pittsburgh New Works Festival MainStage Series). She is a member of the BMI Advanced Musical Theatre & Librettists Workshops, New Perspectives Theatre’s Full-Length Play LAB, the Dramatists Guild, and ASCAP. She was previously a member of the Recording Academy’s Musical Theater Mentorship Program (mentor: Kurt Deutsch), Maestra’s Mentorship Program (mentor: Mary-Mitchell Campbell), and Princeton Triangle Club’s Writers Workshop (Award for Outstanding Writing). Master’s in Playwriting, University of Edinburgh; B.A. Music, minor in Theater, Princeton University. sonyahayden.com @sonyahayden11

    Professional Experience

    • Regional
    • Concerts/Cabaret
    • Education
    • Community Theatre
    • Bachelor’s Degree
    • Master’s Degree

    Regions

    • NYC/Tri-State Area

    Maestra Expertise

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

    Software

    • Finale
    • GarageBand
    • Logic

    Additional Skills

    • Playwright
    • Arts Administration

    Affiliations

    • ASCAP
    • THE DRAMATISTS GUILD