composer & performer
Photo by Savannah Lauren
Angela Sclafani is a New York City-based composer and performer. As a creative and multi-hyphenate artist, she is often synchronously performing, writing, and co-producing her projects. Because of her versatile work in both the theater and music worlds, Angela has had the opportunity to perform with renowned artists such as Todd Almond, Courtney Love, Shaina Taub, Heidi Rodewald, & Years and Years. Her work has been performed in venues such as The Beacon Theater, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, 54 Below, Ars Nova, and Rockwood Music Hall.
In September 2019, Angela's new song cycle, PASSION PROJECT (vol.1), premiered at The Green Room 42 under the direction of Mary Birnbaum. The cycle contains love songs from incredible unheard women to the objects of their careers. The first volume of the continuing series featured performances by Tonya Pinkins, Desi Oakley, Grace McLean, Katie Thompson, Arielle Jacobs, Lexi Lawson, and more. Angela's first musical, THE OTHER SIDE OF PARADISE, premiered in Ars Nova's ANT Fest in 2017 under the direction of Hunter Bird and is still in development.
When not busy with her theatrical projects and acting gigs, Angela writes, performs, and records her original music. She has independently released two EP’s, YOUR GHOST and BLOSSOM, and frequently performs live at the notable singer-songwriter venue, Rockwood Music Hall. Angela's music combines confessional lyrics with passionate and emotional vocals, often echoing the work of singers like Fiona Apple, Tori Amos and Bonnie Raitt. This year, her original song, Your Ghost, received first place in the Great American Song Contest's Adult Contemporary category and was praised by judges for its “engagingly original lyrical story, inventively appealing imagery and smartly crafted melodic design.”
Angela is a 2019 Fred Ebb Award Winner, a 2018 Jonathan Larson Grant Finalist, and a 2017 Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award Semifinalist. She has developed work at The Orchard Project Greenhouse Residency, Fresh Ground Pepper's BRB Artist Retreat, and Musical Theatre Factory's 4x15. Angela has also been a featured composer in Rattlestick Playwright Theater's NEW SONGS NOW series, The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals, and NYMF's INTERSECTING CHORDS concert. In support of her creative endeavors, Angela was named a 2018 Richie Jackson Artist Fellow and was awarded the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust Grant. She graduated from NYU Tisch with a BFA in Drama.