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Holly Reed is the owner and Creative Director of Reed Creative Group, an award-winning design studio, and MusicalWriters.com, an online resource and community to equip and encourage musical theatre writers. She wrote music and lyrics for “That’s What Friends Do” (along with husband/composer Kelvin Reed) for Girlhood the Musical (CPA Theatricals). Holly and Kelvin also wrote the grade school musical Camp McAuliffe and the upcoming TRUE NORTH: A MAGICAL NEW HOLIDAY MUSICAL. Holly is also a vocalist, actor, director and performance coach. She is a member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild and holds a BFA in design and music from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Fun Facts: Holly can do a 360 on a skateboard, is a die-hard Wicked fan, and has been known to give spontaneous vocal performances on coffee tables and in forests. Eph. 3:20-21
Rebecca Lowrey is passionate about creating new works and has spent the past 17 years as a premier music director, vocal coach, and accompanist in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, New York City and everywhere in between. The impressive ability to play anything put in front of her has gained her entry to elite casting rooms, production meetings, rehearsals, and beyond, resulting in a unique skillset that spans more than just music — simply put, she knows what works for a musical. A director and producer as well, Rebecca is adept at getting new shows up on their feet in record time, all while efficiently coordinating the long list of to-dos required to prepare a show for an audience
Rebecca is a champion of diverse casting and production teams (#WomenDirect) and has the pull and connections to assemble unforgettable, live, onstage bands. In 2017, Rebecca began producing a series of intimate productions known as the Living Room Concerts. Starting with simple piano-only performances in her living room with friends, the series expanded to poolside parties and festive holiday gatherings. Her recent credits include the critically acclaimed production of the rock musical Lizzie at Imprint Theatreworks in Dallas, a lauded run of Gutenberg! The Musical! at Amphibian Stage in Fort Worth, and a Rocky Horror Show and 9 to 5 that celebrated the uniqueness of its performers.
You may recognize Rebecca from TikTok, where her popular #DuetWithMe videos encourage thousands of performers to #KeepSinging. Rebecca earned her bachelor of arts degree in music (with a minor in business administration) from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas.
Sam Steere is a composer, songwriter, teacher, and performer from Springfield, Illinois. His show My Father’s Dragon won the Academy Reading Series Pitch Night through MusicalWriters.com (Dec ’21). Sam’s music and lyrics have been featured by Hexagon (Washington’s Only Original Political Satire Musical Comedy Review) and Under the Arch Incubator in St. Louis, MO. He loves a good story song, has dabbled in opera, likes a bit of jazz in his coffee, and generally enjoys the alchemy of lyrics and music. Sam loves writing whimsical adventures for young audiences and small-scale relational dramas for adults. A little dash of sci-fi or magical realism is always a plus. But most of all, he loves finding that touch of wonder and kindness in the everyday.
Carol de Giere
Carol de Giere is the author of “Defying Gravity: the Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz from Godspell to Wicked” and “The Godspell Experience: Inside a Transformative Musical.” Ms. de Giere is also the founder and editor of several online newsletters including “The Schwartz Scene” for which Mr. Schwartz sometimes writes updates about his projects and experiences. She is the founder of MusicalWriters.com and serves as an ongoing contributor. A former librarian, Carol holds master’s degrees in library science and writing. She lives with her husband in Connecticut where they enjoy walking, reading, practicing yoga and meditation, and nature photography. Keep up with Carol at caroldegiere.com.