Dr. Masi Asare is a composer/lyricist, playwright, voice teacher, and interdisciplinary performance scholar. She teaches courses in critical musical theatre studies, vocal performance studies, and musical theatre writing. Her scholarly book project Voicing the Possible: Technique, Vocal Sound, and Black Women on the Musical Stage examines the impact of blues singers on Broadway belting and makes the case for the need to feel the racial history in contemporary practices of musical theatre performance. Masi has presented on her creative work and on her research about race, voice, and musicals at national and international conferences including the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), American Musicological Society (AMS), Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), BroadwayCon, EMP PopCon, and Song, Stage, and Screen (SSS). As a voice teacher, her students have performed on Broadway, in major regional theatre productions, and on international tours.
A lyricist for Paradise Square (Broadway, Chicago) and the internationally touring Monsoon Wedding Musical (Delhi, Doha), she has also written music and lyrics for the secret agent musical Sympathy Jones (Playscripts). Masi is the author of book, music, and lyrics for The Family Resemblance (O’Neill) as well as several in-progress, commissioned musicals, and wrote a super hero play for Marvel, Mirror of Most Value: A Ms. Marvel Play (Concord). Honors include a Tony nomination, an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination, a Lilly Award, a Theater Hall of Fame grant for emerging artists, awards for composition and lyrics from the O’Neill Center, and the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award for women composers of musicals.
In 2021-22 she held a Kaplan Institute Faculty Fellowship for her scholarly research on Black women and vocal sound on the musical stage. Masi holds degrees from Harvard (BA magna cum laude) and New York University (MA, PhD), and has published with Journal of Popular Music Studies, Studies in Musical Theatre, TDR, and Performance Matters.
- PhD, Performance Studies, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts
- MA, Performance Studies, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts
- BA, magna cum laude, Performance Studies, Harvard University
Recent Awards and Honors
Tony Nominee, Best Original Score - 2022
Outer Critics Circle Award Nominee, Outstanding Score - 2022
Clarence Simon Award for Teaching and Mentoring - 2022
Northwestern Kaplan Institute for the Humanities Faculty Fellow - 2022
Women to Watch on Broadway List - 2022
- Stacey Mindich “Go Write A Musical” Lilly Award – 2019
- Theater Hall of Fame Emerging Artist Grant – 2019
- Honorable Mention, NYU Outstanding Dissertation Prize – 2019
- Paulette Haupt Composition Prize, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center – 2018
- Georgia Bogardus Holof Lyricist Award, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center – 2018
- Theatre 253 - Music Theatre History
- Theatre 340 - Black Women on the Musical Stage
- Theatre 352 - Advanced Music Theatre Techniques: Vocal Styles
- Theatre 355 - Advanced Creating the Musical
- Theatre 448 - Racial Histories of the Broadway Musical
- Theatre 546 - Vocal Sound and Performances of Race