AVI AMON is a composer for theater, film, and dance. Avi has appeared on NBC's "The Sing-Off," and is a sought-after pianist, music director, and creative collaborator throughout New York City. He performs/records/writes regularly with Jessica Carvo and Jenny & Tyler and his music has been featured at BAM, The DGA New York Theater (PAGPAG - dir. John Paul Su), Lincoln Center, La Mama, Joe's Pub, The Skirball Center, Dixon Place, and 54 Below, among others.
With collaborator/pal, Julia Gytri, Avi wrote THE WHITE CITY (Yale Institute for Music Theater, O'Neill National Music Theater Conference, Discovery New Musical Theater Festival at Ball State University, and finalist for the Richard Rogers Award), which was recently performed by the Chelsea Symphony as part of the Musical Theater Factory's New Orchestrations gala. The team has also written a one-act, STEP ON A CRACK (Prospect Theater), and is developing a new musical, SALONIKA, which is a fusion of obscure fairy tales paralleled with the extermination of the Ladino-speaking Jewish community of Salonika, Greece.
Other recent/ongoing projects include: BREAD OF HEAVEN with Kendell Pinkney (14th St. Y), LULU IS HUNGRY with Claire Kiechel (Ars Nova, Cloud City), THE CHILDREN with Phillip Howze (Carlotta Festival at Yale School of Drama, BRIC), and RATED BLACK with Kareem Lucas (La Mama). Avi has been scoring several videos for the United Nations Foundation, and recently completed a sound installation for Torn Space Theater in Buffalo’s Silo City.
Before moving to New York, Avi wrote and directed Delaware: The Musical while working as an admissions counselor for the University of Delaware. During his tenure there, he worked extensively with the Delaware REP as a music director and vocal coach.
Avi has held residencies at the Weston Playhouse, New Dramatists, Yale Rep, and the Institute for Collaborative Theater-Making with Target Margin Theater. He is also a regular volunteer composer for the 52nd Street Project. Avi earned his MFA from NYU's Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program where he studied with Mel Marvin, Fred Carl, Polly Pen, and Randall Eng. He is a member of both the Dramatists' Guild and ASCAP. Upcoming: a short opera about inventor, Nathan Stubblefield at the Humana Festival of New American Plays with Claire Kiechel. He lives in Brooklyn where he tends to his immense plant collection and builds furniture for friends.