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. She earned her BFA at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts after studying within Playwrights Horizons Theater School, the Experimental Theater Wing, and Stonestreet Studios.
Angela's original song cycle, PASSION PROJECT, premiered in September 2019 at The Green Room 42 under the direction of Mary Birnbaum. 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 debut musical, THE OTHER SIDE OF PARADISE, premiered in Ars Nova's ANT Fest in 2017 under the direction of Hunter Bird and is currently in development.
As an actor, Angela enjoys working on new musicals. She has participated in workshops of BURN ALL NIGHT, AMELIE, THE GOOD SWIMMER, AGENT 355, THE LAST GOODBYE, MARIE IN TOMORROWLAND, and THE FLAMINGO KID. The musicals KANSAS CITY CHOIR BOY and SINGLE RIDER both featured her in their world premieres. Angela has also performed at The McKittrick Hotel, appearing in Sleep No More's Winter Masquerade Ball and the Manderley's Follies.
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.” She records her third EP this winter.
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.
This spring, Angela will compose the second volume of PASSION PROJECT during her International Artist Residency at the Château de La Napoule in the South of France.