Presented by: Learning From Performers
ADMISSION: Free and open to the public (tickets or RSVPs not required); seating first-come, first-served subject to venue capacity.
VENUE: Farkas Hall Studio, 10-12 Holyoke St.
Brian Lowdermilk is a musical theater composer whose work is “dynamic and diverse, appealing to many facets of human emotion” (Catherine Duffy, Bargain Theatreland, UK). His songs—many with lyrics by his writing partner, Kait Kerrigan—have been recorded and performed internationally, and Lowdermilk-Kerrigan’s musicals have been produced and developed at the Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), Goodspeed’s Norma Terris Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, ASCAP/Disney Workshop, Manhattan Theatre Club and Primary Stages, among other regional theaters, festivals and venues. He will conduct a master class with Harvard undergraduate performers.
Brian Lowdermilk studied at Harvard University and New York University. He composed music for “The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful and Her Dog” (with playwright Lauren Gunderson at the Kennedy Center in 2011) and “Red” (with librettist Marcus Stevens), which received the Alan Menken Award and 2005 Richard Rodgers Award. He was the writer-in-residence at Temple Shalom, during which he scored a full Shabbat service.
With collaborator Kait Kerrigan, he wrote an adaptation of “Henry & Mudge,” which had an Off-Broadway run at the Lucille Lortel Theatre and is currently touring the country with TheatreworksUSA. Their latest original musical “The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown” was most recently developed at a workshop at Manhattan Theatre Club directed by Christopher Ashley. This musical also received a reading at the Artists’ Showcase Reading Series at the 92nd Street Y, and was featured in the 2005 NAMT Songwriters Showcase.
Lowdermilk and Kerrigan have collaborated on several other musicals, including “The Woman Upstairs” and “Wrong Number,” both of which were featured in the New York Musical Theatre Festival. They are recipients of a 2006 Jonathan Larson Award and a 2004-2005 Jonathan Larson Fellowship at the Dramatists Guild, and they are members of the BMI Musical Theatre Advanced workshop, ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild. In 2011, they released their first album, “Our First Mistake,” which charted at #1 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart. Their second album, “Kerrigan-Lowdermilk Live,” documents a concert tour that resulted from their breakout $35K Kickstarter campaign and released in spring 2013.
RELATED EVENT: “Soundbytes,” a showcase of original musical theater songs by Harvard undergraduates, is the culmination of a five-week workshop with Brian Lowdermilk, directed by Dylan Marcaurele ’16, Olivia Munk ’16 and Taylor Vandick ’16. Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 pm, Adams House Pool Theatre; email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve free tickets.