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Alan Shorter

Alan Shorter
Music Supervisor

Alan Shorter (Music Supervisor) has written over a dozen original scores for the theatre, including Spinning into Butter, Hamlet, Dracula, The Hobbit, The Voice of the Prairie, The Troubles: Children of Belfast, Strega Nona, The Velveteen Rabbit, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (produced in Russian at the Central Children’s Theatre of Moscow). He has been music director for over one hundred productions, ranging from Yeston’s Phantom and A Little Night Music to Aida and Seussical.  Alan’s adaptation of Tomie dePaola’s Oliver Button Is a Sissy for the concert stage has been performed by over fifty major choruses nationwide and was featured at Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The concert work was also the centerpiece for the documentary “Oliver Button is a Star!” produced by Emmy Award winning producers Dan Hunt and John Scagliatti. The documentary aired nationally on PBS and has been given the National Association of Multicultural Education’s Media Award, Action for Media’s Pixi Award, the National Gay & Lesbian Journalist Association’s Excellence in Journalism Award, and Excellence in Media’s Silver Angel Award. “The Great Ends of the Church,” a choral work, premiered in Dallas, TX, in June of 2003. That same year, the Heartland Chorus in Kansas City commissioned and performed “Country Angel Christmas.” “Changing Hearts,” a work for men’s chorus, seven soloists, and small orchestra, debuted in Washington, DC, and Montreal in 2006 by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC. In June, 2006, it was featured in their 25th Anniversary Concert at The Kennedy Center.  Alan is an Associate Professor of Theatre at TCU after having served as coordinator for the musical theatre BFA programs at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. He attended Moorhead State University, received his B.A. in Theatre & Drama from Indiana University, Bloomington, and holds an M.F.A. in Directing from Minnesota State University. Alan’s work as composer, music director, stage director, conductor and pianist has been seen at numerous regional theatres and in national tours, including The 1940’s Radio Hour, The Desert Song, A Christmas Carol and The Student Prince. His Midwest credits include Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, The Cricket Theatre, The Ordway, Hey City Stage, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, and the Tony-Award-winning Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis (where he was both Artistic Associate and Composer-in-Residence).

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