Photo of Lucas & Ben by Whitney Browne
Co-Founder and Editor, Ben Van Buren
Ben Van Buren is a choreographer and editorial designer based in New York City. His performance work has appeared in a wide variety of contexts including Zirgu Pasts in Latvia; the Incheon International Dance Festival in South Korea; Dance and Process at The Kitchen in New York; and the FleetMoves festival in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Recently Ben has begun to work at the intersection of performance and publication. In 2015 he edited and co-designed the book document of the first edition of A Corner In The World festival in Istanbul, Turkey. He is also the founder of the experimental publishing house Yonkers International Press. Ben trained at P.A.R.T.S. (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios), and is currently studying at the New School for Social Research.
Co-Founder and Editor, Lucas Tahiruzzaman Syed
Lucas Tahiruzzaman Syed is a composer focusing on theatrical music. He studied Music and Literature at Eugene Lang College: The New School for Liberal Arts, where he wrote and directed a variety of theatrical works from short plays to musical theatre. He most recently was accepted into the BMI Lehman Engel Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop. Other recent premieres include MICHELANGELO BURNING, an original oratorio with the poetry of Michelangelo and choreography by Ben van Buren. His work has been seen in a variety of NYC Venues, including Dixon Place, Theatre at St. Clements, and Duplex Cabaret Theatre.
Contributing Editor, Timothy Huang
Full lengths include: Costs of Living (2016 Richard Rodgers Award, 2015 New American Musical Award, ASCAP Musical Theater Workshop, BMI Master Class hosted by Stephen Sondheim.) Peter and the Wall (2013 Rhinebeck Writers Retreat) The View From Here (NYMF, Nautilus MT, Umbrella Theater Group). One Acts: Andy Pickets (NAAP: Discover,) 2 to Wakefield (4@15/York), Crossing Over (Prospect), Missing Karma (City Theater, Miami, Sam French OOB Fest Finalist), A Relative Relationship (Winner, Best Musical, 2013 SoundBites Festival), Koi Story (Drama League, DirectorFest 2018) Other works include And the Earth Moved, Death and Lucky, and the song cycle LINES. His song Everything I Do, You Do (with co-lyricist Sara Wordsworth) was recorded by Sutton Foster for the charity album Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project. 2013 Jerry Harrington Award, 2012 Dramatist Guild Fellow, MacDowell Fellow, Dramatists Guild Council. http://www.TimothyHuang.net
Contributing Editor, Natasha Sinha
Natasha Sinha is a producer and dramaturg, focusing on new plays, musicals and devised work. She is the Associate Director of LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater, which exclusively produces premieres (including Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar, Rude Mechs’ Stop Hitting Yourself, Dave Malloy’s Preludes, War by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, and the upcoming queens by Martyna Majok). She is also a co-founder of Beehive Dramaturgy Studio (www.BeehiveDramaturgy.com). Prior to joining LCT3, she was the Associate Producer at Barrington Stage Company. Natasha is on the Advisory Boards of Musical Theatre Factory and SPACE on Ryder Farm, and has served as a judge on award committees, produced concerts, taught classes, and curated events focused on inclusivity. Graduate of Barnard College.
Contributing Editor, Shoshana Greenberg
Shoshana Greenberg is a lyricist, librettist, playwright, singer, theater journalist, and all around lover of musical theater. Musicals: Days of Rage and A Story No One Knows with composer and bookwriter Hyeyoung Kim and Lightning Man with composer Jeffrey Dennis Smith. Plays: Lost Girl in Florida Swamp (Fresh Produce’d) and The Rapture of Our Teeth(ESPA Detention Series). Her songs have been performed at Lincoln Center, The York Theatre, TriArts Sharon Playhouse, the Laurie Beechman, and the Duplex Cabaret Theater, where she recently performed her cabaret show Finding My Own Damn Way. As a journalist she has contributed to American Theatre Magazine, The Interval, Women and Hollywood, The Huffington Post, and Culturadar. Shoshanagreenberg.com; Twitter: @vmarshmellow
Contributing Editor, Ian Axness