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In addition to teaching at Berklee, David Reiffel creates music, words, and sound for theater in the Boston area and across the U.S. He has written over 20 musicals, many of them created during his time as resident composer for Cornerstone Theater Company, which settles in small towns to create musical adaptations of classic plays through working with local artists and actors. Most recently, Reiffel wrote lyrics and cowrote a book for the musical Cupcake, and he's presently finishing a book, music, and lyrics for Glory. He is also active as a theatrical sound designer, stage director, and musical director.
"Musical theater is potentially one of the most subtle and exciting ways to tell a story, to move the listener to a new world. It's an incredibly tough medium to work in: the intersection of so many moving parts is surprisingly delicate for a genre that is often considered easy and light. I hope to help students find their own way of communicating what is most important to them through a deep study and practice of this multifaceted art form."
"I have been writing music and musical theater almost all of my life. I'm a practicing artist with real-world experience in the collaboration necessary to bring musical theater to the stage. I've acted; directed; written books, music, and lyrics; and even choreographed a little. I bring all this experience to the classroom, where I try to teach not so much what works, but rather how writers can bring their unique best to the stage."