Toby

Singer

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theatermaker | musician | music director

sound designer | not-for-profit consulting 

educator | hairstyle perpetual motion machine

BIO: Toby Singer is a composer, playwright, and artistic multi-hyphenate originally from Michigan, and now based in Brooklyn, New York.

 

His theatrical work has been commissioned and produced off-Broadway, regionally, and academically. His projects have been featured in The New York Times and The New Yorker, and have been named Critics Picks by Time Out New York.

 

As a composer and arranger of Jewish music, his liturgical settings, choral arrangements, and original compositions are in frequent use across the country. 

He's also committed to facilitating the work of others, through for-profit and not-for-profit development strategy and consulting, creative producing, and good old fashioned face-to-face counseling.

 

Toby received his B.A. from the University of Michigan School of Music, and is currently pursuing his M.F.A. in Theatre from Brooklyn College.

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MUSIC: A short playlist of selections from musicals + pop

DEVELOPMENT CONSULTING:

 

I work with folks across the broader arts spectrum to help folks plan ambitious arts projects and raise more money for their organizations.

Whether you’re working with dance, creating performance art, writing music, or something utterly and completely undefinable, I can help. 

 

Here are some of the things I can help you with:

 

-grant strategy and execution

-prospect research and analysis

-event strategy and planning

-crowdfunding campaign planning

-solicitation advice

-big picture fundraising strategy and execution

-talking about not-for-profit status and fiscal sponsorship

 

For a free consultation/strategy session, send me a short email describing your existing work, and what you’re hoping to get on its feet next, and we can set something up.

PRESS QUOTES:

“Toby Singer is a modern-day Burt Bacharach.” - Emma McMullin (former AD of The Tank Theater)

 

“…cheery, witty and melodious score…Mr. Singer’s successfully eclectic music is perfectly realized by his arrangements…” - Theaterscene

 

"South By South Death is the music-festival slasher musical you didn’t know you needed"​ - Bedford & Bowery (New York Magazine)

 

“Like an ice capade infused with psychedelic drugs, this musical parody of Wicked and Frozen goes wild to hit every mark a fan could desire.” - Time Out New York

 

“…it is refreshing when an artist like Toby Singer comes along…his music speaks for him.  Nothing else is necessary.” - The Sound Hound

 

“Instead of menacing, monstrous bridgekeepers, the trolls [in Gruff] are tenderhearted vegetarians, guarding the only green place left on earth.

“ - The New York Times

 

Wicked Frozen is a witty, fast-paced, and spirited post-modern take-off on the iconic interwoven eponymous stories, seen through the eyes of a contemporary teen. - DC Metro Theater Review

 

“[Toby] Singer knows how to write songs with strong hooks, complex melodies, and bittersweet harmonies” - Charleston City Paper

 

"Musical theatre writing duo Toby Singer and Jared Saltiel present this slasher musical that fuses campy comedy with meticulous murder mystery and vicious pop culture satire." - Time Out New York

 

“The original music by Toby Singer…is tuneful and clever” - New York Daily News

“…some wickedly fresh soul slash crooning slash dancin’ in the kitchen while no one’s watching” – YVINYL

 

“Give me Amos Lee with a side of Broadway ballad…” – South By South East

 

“Catchy songs.” - The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)

THEATRICAL WORK:

Wicked Frozen  

Composer, Lyricist (with Zoe Farmingdale)

St. Luke’s Theater (Off-Broadway) - Mar to Dec 2018

Second City (Chicago) - Feb 2018

People’s Improv Theater - Feb 2015

People’s Improv Theater - Oct to Nov 2014

West Village Musical Theater Festival - Jul 2014

​Gruff   

Composer (with Doppelskope)

Long Island Children’s Museum - May to Jun 2018 

Vital Theatre Company (Off-Broadway) - Aug 2017

People’s Improv Theater - Apr to June 2017 

Indianapolis Children’s Museum - Jun to Aug 2016 

Muhlenberg Summer Theatre - May to Jul 2014

The Utopia Of Now

Composer, Lyricist, Bookwriter

 

2016 Fort Worth Fringe Festival - Jan 2016

South By South Death

Co-Composer/Lyricist/Bookwriter (with Jared Saltiel) 

​Growl

Composer (with Doppelskope)

Muhlenberg Summer Theatre - May to Jul 2016

​Grimm

Composer (with Doppelskope)

Muhlenberg Summer Theatre - May to Jul 2015

Nina In New York

Composer, Lyricist (with Zoe Farmingdale)

Atlas Hugged - Jan 2014

Lysistrata

Composer

College of Charleston Theatre Department - Oct 2007

South Hall

Composer, Lyricist, Bookwriter

Theatre 99 (Charleston, SC) - Mar 2007

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor - Apr 2005

JEWISH MUSIC: I've written dozens of original musical settings and arrangements in use in Jewish communities all over North America. Listen to a few recent recordings here.

 

Recent highlights include:

-the inclusion of my setting of Shalom Rav in Merri Arian's songbook Leveling The Praying Field.

-the commissioning of original compositions for Touro Synagogue's Jazzfest Shabbat performed by artists including the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, jazz pianist John Cleary, and zydeco artist Sunpie.

-the inclusion of my setting of Sim Shalom in a Union for Reform Judaism compilation album and songbook.

Get in touch if you are interested in commissioning a composition or an arrangement, or setting up a time for me to visit your community.

CONTACT: For all professional inquiries as well as less professional inquiries, please say hi at tobysinger@gmail.com

 

For a steady dose of pictures of my wife and dog, go here