Fred Carl (Creative Dramaturge) is an Associate Arts Professor in the NYU/Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and is also one of the Co-Associate Deans of Faculty at the Tisch School of the Arts. His jazz theatre collaborations with writer hattie gossett, including pussy and cash; in the waitingroom of the 21st century and the immigrant suite: hey zenophobe who you calling a foreigner? have been performed at the New School, the Public Theater, the Whitney Museum, Here Arts Center, the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, the Vision Festival and the National Black Arts Festival. He musical directed Kirsten Childs’s The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin from its beginnings at Dixon Place and Musical Theatre Works thru its multiple award-winning 2000 Playwrights Horizons run; he received the 2000 Audelco Award for Best Musical Direction. In 2012 Fred musical directed, composed songs and incidental music, arranged, and orchestrated the score for the 10th anniversary revised version of Regina Taylor’s piece, Crowns, at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre.
In the years 1999-2017 he co-designed and co-led a summer musical theatre-writing workshop at London’s Theatre Royal Stratford East training hip-hop and contemporary music and word artists to write for the musical theatre stage; a version of the summer workshop was featured in the 2005 BBC Channel Four documentary, Rappin’ at the Royal. In 2018 he composed the score of Becoming Ailey, a multi-media piece that played in NYC for the 60th anniversary season of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Between 2018 and 2022 Fred co-led musical theatre writing workshops in the UK and Kenya, encouraging the sharing of more stories to be created by more people from more places.