MTT Editorial Team

MTT Volume 3 Editorial Team (Clockwise from left: Natasha Sinha, EllaRose Chary, Shoshana Greenberg, Ben Van Buren, Ian Axness, Timothy Huang, Lucas Tahiruzzaman Syed; Photo by Whitney Browne)


Co-Founding Editors, Lucas Tahiruzzaman Syed & Ben Van Buren

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.


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 PreludesWar by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, and the upcoming queens by Martyna Majok). She is also a co-founder of Beehive Dramaturgy Studio ( 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 EditorShoshana 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.; Twitter: @vmarshmellow


Contributing Editor, Ian Axness

Ian Axness is a collaborative pianist, music director, and teaching artist. He devises and performs new music-theater with writers including Salty Brine, Jeanna Phillips, James Harrison Monaco, Erin Markey, and the musical-sketch group Political Subversities; and has directed the music for countless new musicals in development. Recent productions include the NYC premiere of BEARDO with Pipeline Theatre, and Erin Markey’s A RIDE ON THE IRISH CREAM (album available online!) Ian coaches and accompanies at Playwrights Horizons Theater School, Juilliard, and The Performing Arts Project. He also works as a vocal arranger, copyist, and audition pianist.

Contributing Editor, EllaRose Chary

Chary-Headshot-e1423682824951EllaRose is an award-winning New York based writer. She is currently working on COTTON CANDY AND COCAINE (Ars Nova Uncharted), QUEER. PEOPLE. TIME. (Dramatists Guild Fellowship), PATRIETTES (The Tank’s TV Writing Program) and Untitled Anarchist Play (The Civilians’ R & D  Group). Her other projects include the Malaysian musical MARRYING ME (BOH Cameronian Arts Award Winner), SIDNEY D. CROSIER: AN UNFINISHED PORTRAIT (Hayswood Theater), THE DAGUERREOTYPE (Prospect Theater), and CROSSROADS, a commission for Indiana’s Bicentennial. Learn more about EllaRose’s work with frequent collaborator Brandon James Gwinn at

EllaRose is a 2015-16 Dramatists Guild Fellow and an alum of Ars Nova’s Uncharted Residency and The Civilians’ R & D Group. She is a founding member of Bastard Playground in residence at the Drama League. She is a NYFA Fellowship Playwriting/Screenwriting Finalist, a winner of the Weston Award for musical theater, and a proud member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild. BA: Brown University; MFA: NYU Tisch