HE SAID/SHE SAID: an election musical is inspired by the classic play Cyrano de Bergerac. It tells the story of Cy Bergen, an 8th Grader who wants to be Class President. She has all the ideas, but doesn’t have the confidence to speak out in front of her fellow students. She convinces the popular jock, Chris Maxwell, to run for president using her ideas. Gradually, as this scheme becomes more and more difficult, Cy learns to follow her own path and what it means to be a strong leader.
ABOUT THE WRITERS
Derek Gregor (book/music) Derek's musical Unlock’d played an extended Off-Broadway run having previously received a Richard Rodgers Award, the "Best Of The Fest" NYMF Audience Award, two Talkin’ Broadway Summer Theatre Festival Citations ("Outstanding New Musical" and "Outstanding Original Theatrical Score"), and subsequently the Kleban Award for book (Sam Carner). Unlock’d was part of the New Works Festival in Palo Alto, Ca, and the Ravinia Festival. Derek's electro pop/New Orleans Jazz musical Toast was produced at the Bloomington Playwrights Project in Jan of 2016. Currently, his children's musical Love Splat is included in TheatreWorks USA's review "The Teacher From The Black Lagoon". He is a recipient of a 2016 MAC Award (Manhattan Association of Cabaret). Derek teaches a summer songwriting course at NYU, and has taught master classes in musical theatre song interpretation at Yale, University of Michigan, Princeton University and the Royal Academy Of Dramatic Arts in London. He is a proud member and teacher at the International Thespian Festival. Derek holds an MFA from the NYU Tisch School Of The Arts and a BA from Skidmore College.
Selda Sahin (book/lyrics) co-wrote the songs to the pop/electronic musical short film GRIND starring Anthony Rapp (RENT, DAZED AND CONFUSED) and Claire Coffee (NBC’s GRIMM). Several of Selda's songs have been recognized as "Ones to Watch" by the Nashville Songwriters Association. Her song "The Storm" was a finalist in the Great American Song Contest. Selda wrote the music and lyrics to ALL FALL DOWN which received a production at the New York Musical Theatre Festival (dir. Lonny Price) starring Mary Testa and Jenn Colella. ALL FALL DOWN was further developed at Penn State University, and will receive a workshop in NYC in late 2016. As a director, Selda assisted on the Broadway productions of URBAN COWBOY and MASTER HAROLD…and the boys (Danny Glover), as well as the Emmy Award-winning Lincoln Center production of Stephen Sondheim's Passion (Audra McDonald, Patti LuPone, and Michael Cerveris). She is a graduate of New York University and a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop advanced class.
Colton Pometta (book) is a director, writer and performer based in NYC. He is the founder of Laughing Giraffe Productions, a company that tours musicals to schools and professional venues. Laughing Giraffe launched its first children’s theater tour in 2014 with WANDA'S WORLD, an anti-bullying themed musical, which then played off-Broadway. Colton directed the first tour of HE SAID/SHE SAID in fall 2016. Other recent directing/choreographing credits include THE STORY OF SALLY MCLAUREEN for The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, CARMEN at New York Opera Exchange, and the French premiere of ORDINARY DAYS in Paris, France. He has worked at Concordia College, teaching a course on developing new musicals. Also a member of Actors Equity and The Screen Actors Guild, Colton has been an opening solo act for Carol Channing and performed in a wide range of New York City and regional productions. He is thrilled HE SAID/SHE SAID’s message is being brought to schools and professional theaters across America! Training: Interlochen Arts Academy and Circle in the Square Theater School.