Rob Shapiro’s musicals include Shelter (with composer Julia Meinwald), Le Fou (with Julia Meinwald and playwright Bekah Brunstetter), and 1 Night Only: A Hanukkah Jamboree, which appeared in Ars Nova’s ANT Fest in 2011 and 54 Below in 2013. For A Broken Umbrella Theatre, Rob has written songs for the site-specific spectacles Thunderbolt and VaudeVillain, The Library Project and Seen Change!, which was created for New Haven’s Shubert Theatre centennial celebration.
Rob has created theme songs for BeSpoken, The Broadway League’s “The Broadway Concierge” and "The 40 Year Old 20 Year Old" (starring SNL’s Kate McKinnon); original material for General Mischief Dance Theatre and Camp Theatreworks USA; and choral arrangements for Cornell University Glee Club and Chorus.
His music and lyrics have been heard at William Finn’s “Songs by Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists…” at Barrington Stages, Summer Play Festival’s Composer Exposure, and at various cabaret venues around New York City. The song “Gays, Jews, and Girls Who Need Love” (with lyrics by Tony Asaro) appeared in the award-winning film Waiting in the Wings: The Musical.
Rob is a Dramatists Guild Fellow (2011-2012) and a graduate of Cornell University and the NYU Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Rob's most recent musical Catch was developed at the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat in 2013 and a finalist for B-Side Productions' New American Musical Award in 2015. He is currently writing an concert version of Oklahoma! for its 75th Anniversary and the musical adaptation of the parenting book Welcome to the Club with Raquel D'Apice, author of The Ugly Volvo Blog.
(Photo by Matthew Murphy)