AVI AMON is an award-winning composer, sound artist, and educator. His works include: INSHALLAH/MASHALLAH (Target Margin Theater), RATED BLACK with Kareem Lucas (New York Theater Workshop), THE WHITE CITY with Julia Gytri (Yale Institute, O’Neill National Music Theater Conference, Richard Rogers Award Finalist), JEUNE TERRE with Gabrielle Reisman (Barnard), and several sound installations in a 100-year old grain silo in Buffalo, New York.
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, Brooklyn College, The Drama League, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Exponential Festival, HERE Arts, JACK, Juilliard, Lincoln Center, La Mama, Prague Film Festival, Prospect Theater, Rutgers, and Spoleto Festival USA, among others. He has been in-residence at Berkeley REP, The Playwrights Center, Exploring the Metropolis at JCAL, Judson Arts, Yale REP, Target Margin Theater, New Dramatists, Hi-ARTS, and at The Weston Playhouse.
This year, Avi will continue his work as composer and sound designer for THE BLACK HISTORY MUSEUM (with Zoey Martinson, Smoke & Mirrors Collaborative) at HERE Arts. He and Julia Gytri 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. Other upcoming projects in 2019: Scores for several films premiering at festivals around the globe; ongoing collaborations with choreographers Hadar Ahuvia, Ayodele Casel, and Abdul Latif; music & sound for Claire Kiechel’s play, PAUL SWAN IS DEAD AND GONE, produced by The Civilians; and a new commissioned musical with Shariffa Ali at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University.
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 also a teaching artist with the 92nd St. Y and an adjunct professor at NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. 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.