AVI AMON is a composer, sound artist, and educator. His works include THE WHITE CITY with Julia Gytri (Yale Institute, O’Neill National Music Theater Conference, Richard Rogers Award Finalist), LULU IS HUNGRY with Claire Kiechel (Ars Nova), THE CHILDREN with Phillip Howze (Yale Rep, BRIC), and a sound installation in a 100-year old grain silo in Buffalo, New York.
As a sought-after collaborator in theater, film, and dance, Avi’s work has been developed or presented by: Actors Theatre of Louisville (2017 Humana Opera Commission), Spoleto Festival USA (with tap dancer, Ayodele Casel), The DGA New York Theater (PAGPAG - dir. John Paul Su), Prospect Theater, BAM, Lincoln Center, La Mama, New York Film Academy, 14th St. Y, Teatro Circulo, The Drama League, Barnard, NYU, Brooklyn College, and the National Alliance for Musical Theater.
This year, Avi will be in-residence with Exploring the Metropolis at JCAL and Judson Memorial Church, developing a new dance piece with choreographer, Hadar Ahuvia. His work as composer and sound designer for THE BLACK HISTORY MUSEUM (with Zoey Martinson, Smoke & Mirrors Collaborative) continues at HERE Arts after a residency at StudioBE in New Orleans. Avi is a lead artist in Target Margin Theater's SINBAD LAB, dismantling and rebuilding all seven voyages from the classic Sinbad tales from The Thousand and One Nights. Also upcoming in 2018 are: JEUNE TERRE, a new play with music (with playwright Gabrielle Reisman) at Barnard, COSMOS, a multimedia presentation at the Beyond The Machine festival at Juilliard, and a new musical to be developed at Berkeley REP: 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. Past residencies include Target Margin Theater, New Dramatists, Yale REP, Musical Theater Factory, and the Weston Playhouse. Avi received his MFA from NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program where he is currently an adjunct professor. When he's not writing, Avi tends to his immense plant collection and creates horticultural installations for friends. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Molly, and their cat, Elvis.