music theatre lyricist & librettist

bio

Christopher Staskel is a writer and musical theatre lyricist-librettist who lives and works in New York City. His work has been performed at venues including Playwrights Horizons, Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, the Laurie Beechman Theatre, the Brooklyn Lyceum, Galapagos Art Space, and the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center. He holds a BFA in Music Theatre from Elon University and an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Full-lengths include: ONE WAY (music/co-book by Ben Bonnema), which received a reading at Playwrights Horizons directed by Kirsten Sanderson (First Daughter Suite); THE FIREBIRD (music by Lisa Whitson Burns); and SHADES OF WAYNE (music by Burns), currently in development at the Musical Theatre Factory. One-acts include: THE PLEDGE (music by Nikko Benson); CRASH (music by Burns); GLAMDROMEDA (music by Bonnema, book by Bryce Norbitz); and SLASH (music by Bonnema), commissioned by UglyRhino Productions as a theatrical drinking game. He was a 2015 Kleban Prize Finalist and a winner (with Max Mamon) of NY City Center’s 2014 Sondheim Remix contest, which granted him the surreal opportunity to rap for Stephen Sondheim.

Photo credit: Courtney Markowitz

Photo credit: Courtney Markowitz