AVI AMON is a composer, sound artist, and educator. As a sought-after collaborator in theater, film, dance, and experiential art, Avi’s work has been developed or presented by Actors Theatre of Louisville, Ars Nova, Atlantic Theater, BAM, Barnard, The Drama League, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Exponential Festival, JACK, Juilliard, Lincoln Center, La Mama, Prague Film Festival, Prospect Theater, and Spoleto Festival USA, among others.
Avi is the recipient of a 2019 Jonathan Larson Grant and the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust Grant, and has been in-residence with Exploring the Metropolis at JCAL, Hi-ARTS, Judson, Mana Contemporary, New Dramatists, Target Margin, Weston Playhouse, and Yale.
Recent credits: SALONIKA (Berkeley REP Ground Floor) and THE WHITE CITY with Julia Gytri (Yale Institute, O’Neill National Music Theater Conference, Richard Rogers Award Finalist), RATED BLACK with Kareem Lucas (New York Theater Workshop), JEUNE TERRE with Gabrielle Reisman (Playwrights Center), THE FISHERMAN dir. Zoey Martinson (Pan African Film Festival), and several sound installations in a 100-year-old grain silo in Buffalo, New York (w/ Torn Space Theater, to be featured at the 2019 Prague Quadrennial).
Currently in development: INSHALLAH/MASHALLAH, a 3-D audio opera which sonically dismantles and rebuilds all seven voyages from the classic Sindbad tales from The Thousand and One Nights (Target Margin Theater), PAUL SWAN IS DEAD AND GONE with Claire Kiechel (The Civilians), and THE BLACK HISTORY MUSEUM with Zoey Martinson (HERE Arts).
Other projects in 2019 include: Scores for several films premiering at festivals around the globe; ongoing collaborations with choreographers Hadar Ahuvia, Ayodele Casel, and Abdul Latif; and a new commissioned musical with Shariffa Ali at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. Avi and Julia will also continue development of their musical, SALONIKA, a fusion of obscure fairy tales that parallels escapist fantasy with the reality of the extermination of the Ladino-speaking Sephardic Jews in Salonika, Greece.
Avi is the resident composer at the 52nd Street Project, where he co-writes songs with young people and has the time of his life. He is a teaching artist with Lincoln Center and the 92nd St. Y, and teaches a variety of collaborative art-making courses at NYU (Tisch School of the Arts), where he received his MFA in Musical Theatre Writing. When he's not writing, Avi tends to his immense plant collection and creates horticultural installations for friends. He lives in Brooklyn with his partner, Molly, and their cat, Elvis.