Faye Chiao Residency
Saturday, October 5th, 2019
Chiao and Gordon-Solomon will be using their time at Bethany to work on a chamber musical called Fountain of You. It’s an irreverent and fantastical satire of the societal values of youth and beauty and gendered roles inherent in them. This evening will include a work-in-progress presentation of selections from the musical followed by an informal talk back / discussion with members of the community about the gender dynamics and power differentials in society that their musical explores.
Faye Chiao is a composer of musical theater, opera, and concert music. Chiao has been honored with awards from The Presser Foundation, The Puffin Foundation and OPERA America. Recent performances include: The Secret Code of Mary Bowser [Pittsburgh Festival Opera, PA]; Rhyme & Punishment (book and lyrics by Anton Dudley) [Playwrights Realm, NY and American Dream Theater, VA]; The Clinic (book & lyrics by Anton Dudley) [Prospect Theater, NY]. With Tasha Gordon-Solmon, Chiao is at work on two musicals centering the voices of bold and complex women. Chiao is also working on a family opera commissioned by Houston Grand Opera, and an original family musical currently in development with New Victory Theater’s Labworks. Chiao is a member of the BMI Advanced Musical Theater Workshop, BMI’s Composing for the Screen Film Scoring Program, and holds degrees from The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University.