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  • Rick Edinger, Carnegie Mellon University

    Rick Edinger (he/they) is a proud queer AAPI music supervisor, conductor, educator, vocal coach, pianist, and actor. They serve as the Area Chair for the Acting/ Music Theater program & Associate Professor of Music Theater at Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama. For the School of Drama, they have served as Music Director or Music Supervisor on Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens (Gary Kline, director), …Great Comet, Cabaret, Godspell (Tomé Cousin, director), Into the Woods (Matthew Gardiner, director)and HAIR (Jason A. Sparks, director), as well as Vocal Coach/Music Advisor for A/B Machines (Phillip Gates, director).  

    Recent Music Supervisor or Music Director credits include: The Untitled Unauthorized Hunter S. Thompson Musical (La Jolla Playhouse; Christopher Ashley, director), The Visitor (The Public Theater; Daniel Sullivan, director), Trading Places (Alliance Theatre & Pre-Broadway Workshop; Kenny Leon, director), Joy: A New Musical (George Street Playhouse; Casey Hushion, director), In the Mood (developmental workshop- Chris Maring Productions; Kenny Leon, director), Songs for a New World (New City Music Theatre; Miles J. Sternfeld, director), and The Amazing Mr. X (developmental workshop- Michael Cassel Group; Jenny Koons, director).

    As a strong advocate for the development of new works, Edinger plays a large role in the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s (NAMT) annual endeavors as a member of the NAMT Board of Directors. For NAMT’s annual Festival of New Musicals, they have served as consultant on MAYA (Arpita Mukherjee, director), Hart Island (Raja Feather Kelly, director), The River Is Me (Schele Williams, director) and Interstate (Jesca Prudencio, director).

    In a past life, Rick made his Broadway debut (as an actor) in Stephen Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures and worked on all of Sondheim’s notable 75th birthday concerts in New York and Los Angeles.

    For more information: www.rickedinger.com.  Instagram: @rickedingernyc

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