Discipline: Theatre – playwriting

Dave Malloy

Discipline: Theatre – playwriting
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell fellowships: Spring 2016

Dave Malloy is a theatre composer/writer/performer/sound designer. He has written 11 musicals, including Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, an electropop opera based on War & Peace opening on Broadway this fall. Comet premiered at Ars Nova in the fall of 2012, before transferring Off-Broadway to Kazino, a Russian supper club built specially for the show, followed by a run at American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA. The show won the Richard Rodgers Award, an Obie, and 11 Lortel nominations.

His next musical, Ghost Quartet, premiered at the Bushwick Starr in October 2014. In January the show transferred to The McKittrick Hotel, home of Sleep No More, for a twice extended run. The show is now on tour.

Other shows include Preludes, a musical fantasia about Rachmaninoff and hypnosis; Three Pianos, a drunken romp through Schubert’s “Winterreise” that won an Obie in 2010; Black Wizard/Blue Wizard; Beowulf – A Thousand Years of Baggage (2011 Edinburgh Herald Angel, 2008 Glickman Award); Beardo; Sandwich; and Clown Bible. He has won an ASCAP New Horizons Award and a Jonathan Larson Grant, and has been a Guest Professor in devised music theater at Princeton and Vassar universities. Future projects include adaptations of Moby-Dick and Shakespeare’s Henriad. He lives in Brooklyn.

Photo by Michael De Angelis


Monday Music

Dave Malloy worked in the Monday Music studio.

Given to the residency by the Monday Music Club of Orange, New Jersey, Monday Music Studio is sited next to an enormous boulder deposited by glaciers thousands of years ago. A small dormer once pierced the east slope of the roof, but after damage suffered in the 1938 hurricane, the roof was rebuilt without the dormer. The…

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