web home of theatre writers EllaRose Chary & Brandon James Gwinn

EllaRose Chary (book and lyrics) & Brandon James Gwinn (music and lyrics) met in 2009 at the New York University Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Together they have written Cotton Candy & Cocaine, Queer. People. Time. and a one act rock opera saga about the mysterious fate of Thelma & Louise, TL;DR


ABOUT  Ella and Brandon

ELLAROSE CHARY is an award-winning New York based writer. She is currently working on COTTON CANDY AND COCAINE (Ars Nova Uncharted), QUEER. PEOPLE. TIME. (Dramatists Guild Fellowship), PATRIETTES (The Tank’s TV Writing Program, the #Fword Finalist), Untitled Anarchist Play (The Civilians’ R & D Group) and THE LAKE AND THE MILL (Drama League Rough Draft Residency). Her work was recently featured at 54 Below in THE SONGS OF BRANDON JAMES GWINN AND ELLAROSE CHARY. Other projects include the Malaysian musical MARRYING ME (BOH Cameronian Arts Award Winner), SIDNEY D. CROSIER: AN UNFINISHED PORTRAIT
(Hayswood Theater), THE DAGUERREOTYPE (Prospect Theater, Musical Theater Factory), and CROSSROADS, a commission for Indiana’s Bicentennial.

She has contributed material to a variety of feminist and politically engaged projects,
including BE THE DEATH OF ME and OCCUPY YOUR MIND (The Civilians), WE ARE THEATRE! (Cherry Lane Theatre), BY THE NUMBERS (Prospect Theater), RULE OF 7X7: The Lady Edition! (The Tank) and THE BIRDS AND THE BEES: UNABRIDGED and RECON(FIGURE)D (Honest Accomplice Theater). She recently co-curated The Civillians' LET ME ASCERTAIN YOU: ANARCHY! Cabaret at Joe's Pub. She also has a variety of experience working with youth, and is currently working on several children's show commissions.

EllaRose is an alum of Ars Nova’s Uncharted Residency, The Dramatists Guild Fellowship and The Civilians’ R & D Group. She is a founding member of Bastard Playground in residence at the Drama League. She is a NYFA Fellowship Playwriting/Screenwriting Finalist, a winner of the Weston Award for musical theater, and a proud member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild. BA: Brown University; MFA: NYU Tisch


BRANDON JAMES GWINN is the composer and co-lyricist of Cotton Candy & Cocaine which is in development by Theatre C, Queer. People. Time. which was developed as part of the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program, Patchwork, which premiered in the Prospect Theatre's Musical Theatre Lab, and Underwear A Space Musical, which premiered in the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival and was an invited production at the 2012 American College Theatre Festival.


His music and lyrics for Matchmaker Matchmaker I'm Willing to Settle premiered at the American Repertory Theatre in Boston and the 2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival. Brandon is also the composer and co-lyricist of the New York Theatre Barn Commission Small Town Story, which received the National Alliance of Musical Theatre Writer's Residency Grant, was a finalist for the Richard Rodgers award, was featured in the Village Theatre New Musicals Festival in Seattle, and was subsequently produced in workshop at the University of Hartford. Small Town Story's World Premiere at American Theatre Group is this Spring. 


A critically lauded singer-songwriter and music director, he has arranged and played shows in Beijing, LA, San Francisco, Miami, and in New York at Feinstein's, Birdland, Joe's Pub, 54 Below and on Fire Island. He has been an artist in residence at Ars Nova and is a 2015-2016 Dramatists Guild Fellow.


As a music producer he produced his solo EP, Not Too Late, which releases mid April. He also produced both of Trixie Mattel's #1 albums, Two Birds and One Stone, as well as Alexis Michelle's upcoming album Love Fool for Broadway Records which releases May 11th. MFA from NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. www.brandonjamesgwinn.com 

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