ELLAROSE CHARY (she/hers) is an award-winning New York based writer and an advocate for inclusion in media. Musicals: TL;DR: Thelma Louise; Dyke Remix (Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, Polyphone Festival, O’Neill NMTC Incubator Residency, The Tank), COTTON CANDY AND COCAINE (Theater C), PATCHWORK (Prospect Theater Commission), QUEER. PEOPLE. TIME. (Catwalk Residency), THE LORIKEET (The Flea Theater Commission), THE DOLL MAKER’S GIFT (The Rose Theater, Omaha Entertainment Arts Award and Theatre Arts Guild Outstanding New Work nominee), the Malaysian musical MARRYING ME (BOH Cameronian Arts Award Winner) and THE THINGS I DON'T SAY, a new project with Brandon James Gwinn and director Emily Maltby. Other projects: THE LAKE AND THE MILL (Drama League; Judson; Finalist, Kernodle New Play Award; Great Plains Theatre Conference 2019), The Untitled New Hampshire Project (Harvard ArtLab Resident), PATRIETTES (The #Fword Finalist), THE SEANCE MACHINE (Off-Off Broadway Production, The Tank), and The Civilians’ Lobby Projects at City Center (Encores! Off-Center). 

 She is an activist and advocate for inclusion in musical theater both on and off stage. To that end, she has written for The Lilly Awards Blog, HowlRound, and Musical Theater Today (where she is a contributing editor). She has appeared on panels at NYMF and with Honest Accomplice Theater and co-curates Tankaret, a cabaret series for underrepresented voices.

EllaRose is a Dramatists Guild Fellow, Ars Nova Uncharted resident, The Civilians R & D Group alum, NYFA Fellowship Playwriting/Screenwriting Finalist, Kleban Prize Finalist, a BOH Cameronian Arts Award Nominee (Best Lyrics), a New Georges Affiliated Artist, recipient of the Anna Sosenko Grant and a NAMT grant, and a proud member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild. BA: Brown University; MFA: NYU Tisch. www.ellarosechary.com

ABOUT  Ella and Brandon


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EllaRose Chary (book and lyrics) & Brandon James Gwinn (music and lyrics) met in 2009 at the New York University Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. They specialize in writing stories that take a fresh look at the queer community with cutting-edge music. They’ve been commissioned and produced by The Civilians/Encores! Off-Center at City Center, The Tank, Prospect Theater, 54 Below, Theatre C, and more. They’ve been in residence at Ars Nova, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, the Barn Arts Residency, and Catwalk Institute.  They’ve been awarded grants from NAMT and Anna Sosenko Trust. As Dramatists Guild Fellows, they’ve been featured many times by the Guild and The Dramatists Guild Foundation, including in The Dramatists Magazine and online as part of a celebration of World Pride.


BRANDON JAMES GWINN (he/his) is a singer-pianist, composer-lyricist and producer lauded "one hell of an entertainer" by the Bistro Awards. His debut EP NOT TOO LATE is now available on iTunes. He toured 65 cities in the US and Canada promoting the EP on a LiveNation tour. He produced and performed on TWO BIRDS & ONE STONE the first and second albums released by Trixie Mattel (Winner of RuPaul's Drag Race Allstars 3), which debuted at #1 on the iTunes Top Albums chart and the Billboard Heatseekers Albums Charts. Brandon also directs and produces music for Alexis Michelle (Drag Race Season 9) and produced her debut album LOVE FOOL for Broadway Records. He composed theme music for George Takei's web series IT TAKEIS TWO and co-wrote the title track on the album LEIDO for Colombian-American pop artist WINSTAR. 

Brandon created the horrifying score and soundscape to  THE SEANCE MACHINE Off-Broadway (The Tank) He is the composer and co-lyricist of TL;DR. THELMA LOUISE; DYKE REMIX (Rhinebeck Writer’s Residency & Triple R Residency, UArts Polyphone Festival 2020, O’Neill NMTC Incubator Residency), COTTON CANDY & COCAINE (Theatre C), QUEER.PEOPLE.TIME. (Catwalk Residency, Dramatists Guild Fellowship), and UNDERWEAR: A SPACE MUSICAL (2008 New York International Fringe Festival, 2012 American College Theatre Festival). His music and lyrics for MATCHMAKER MATCHMAKER, I’M WILLING TO SETTLE premiered at the American Repertory Theatre, Oberon in Boston and the 2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival. He co-wrote songs for The Civilian’s Lobby Project musicals before (and based on interviews about) the City Center Off-Center productions of SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD and WORKING. Brandon is also the composer and co-lyricist of the New York Theatre Barn Commission SMALL TOWN STORY (National Alliance of Musical Theatre Writer's Residency Grant, finalist Richard Rodgers award, Village Theatre New Musicals Festival in Seattle, World Premiere at American Theatre Group in Spring 2018.) He has been an artist in residence at Ars Nova and was a 2015-2016 Dramatists Guild Fellow. 

A critically lauded singer-songwriter, piano bar entertainer and music director, he has arranged and played shows for multi-Emmy nominee Tituss Burgess, 12-time MAC Award Winner Karen Mason, Tony Winner Daisy Eagan and more. Proud NARAS Grammy Voter and ASCAP Member. MFA from NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. www.brandonjamesgwinn.com