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Tony Asaro: Bio

Tony is a co-founder of The FOGG Theatre and currently serves as Producing Artistic Director alongside Carey McCray. Tony received his undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University in 1998 in Theatre and Music, and later received his Masters Degree in Musical Theatre Writing from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU: Tisch School of the Arts. In 2008, he was honored with the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust Award for songwriting.   In 2011, he was a Resident Artist in American Lyric Theater's Composer Librettist Development Program.  As a composer/librettist, Tony has worked on a number of music theatre projects including the award winning Our Country (with Dan Collins), which received its world premiere in June of 2009 through the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity.  Our Country went on to win four Planet Connections awards, including Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical, and Outstanding Book, Music & Lyrics of a Musical, and was subsequently published in the “2010: Plays and Playwrights” anthology of new plays (NYTE Small Press). The hit show then enjoyed a successful run in 2010 at New York Musicals Theatre Festival. Tony has self-produced every iteration of Our Country including the concept album (available on iTunes!)  He has also self-produced multiple readings of his show The Many, Many Men of Tony Asaro in both New York City and San Francisco, and has co-produced concerts of his own work on both coasts as well.  Tony's first musical, Family has enjoyed two productions–one at SCU in 1999 and one at the Ryan Repertory Theatre in New York City in 2000.   Also an accomplished librettist, Tony has received commissions from choirs and opera companies to pen libretti for multiple operas and oratorios, including his opera All Wounds Bleed (with composer Chris Cerrone) which was selected as one of the pieces featured in Opera America’s New Works Forum in 2012.  It was also published by Schott Music Publishing, and will receive its world premiere at Tulsa Opera in March of 2013.  Tony has worked as a professional writer, conductor, vocalist and teacher all over the New York Metro area and the Bay Area.  Tony is currently hard at work writing music and lyrics for the first FOGG Theatre show The Cable Car Nymphomaniac which will premiere in San Francisco in November.