‘Why we joined the union’

Volume 118, No. 9September, 2018

Lena Gabrielle

I joined Local 802 so I could be prepared to accept whatever work opportunities come my way. I am a music director, orchestrator, arranger, composer, lyricist and multi-instrumentalist with a passion for developing new shows, especially family theatre. My goal is to music direct (and orchestrate/arrange) on Broadway. Last year, I served as music director and arranger for “Endangered: the Musical,” a family show that ran at the Davenport Theatre. I also wrote some music for the production. It was amazing to build a show from the ground up with an incredible and diverse cast and creative team. In addition, I loved that this show taught kids and families how to address important issues such as climate change, conservation and animal welfare. I see myself as an entrepreneurial musician; I’m self-taught and have been creating my own musical opportunities since I was a kid (starting with my first-ever original musical at age 7!). I’m huge into collaboration, which is why I like working on new shows. Prior to living in New York, I was music director and composer-in-residence at a theatre in Pittsburgh; one of the shows I wrote there was featured at NYMF 2016. I’m lucky to have worked as music director, orchestrator and arranger on several projects in NYC, and I get most excited about working with new creative teams. In today’s state of the world, I’m glad I can inspire and empower people of all ages to become better people and think hard about the world around them. Lastly, I teach music at an early childhood education center (for three-year-olds and younger!) and run my own vocal coaching studio. I also play piano and violin.