Here she/they is, world!
Nina Kauffman is a queer New York-based artist of many hyphens; a bookwriter-lyricist-composer-director-choreographer-producer-actor-dramaturg-teacher. She hails from Baltimore, where she graduated from Towson University with a BFA in acting; additionally she premiered her first musical at Towson entitled Mixed Media. Nina moved to New York in 2015, and graduated with an MFA from NYU in Musical Theatre Writing, where she wrote two full-length musicals, Naught (co-book/lyrics) with Andrew Drannon and Gregory F. Jackson and PARANORMATIVE (book/lyrics) with Thomas Jacobsen, in addition to her song cycle, A Different Point of View. Nina’s goal as a writer is to capture a raw, visceral energy in the creation of story-telling, and translate that energy from pen, to paper, to stage. From moments of momentum to minutiae, she works to find new ways of captivating audiences through a non-traditional lens of musical theatre. She earned the Mel Silverman Award for her twenty-minute musical, The Boy Who Cried 'Succubus'! Off-Broadway credits include Afterglow (assistant director and co-dramaturg), as well as a musical reading performance of PARANORMATIVE at the Kraine Theater. Nina additionally records a weekly podcast with Janelle Maire called “Lemon & Ginger,” in which they discuss being queer-womxn writers (with many hyphens) in NYC.