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AbouT MZ


Born and raised in New York City, I'm a proud graduate of LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts (Drama Department) and the University of Michigan (BFA, Musical Theater). Prior theater roles include “Leaf Coneybear” in the First National Tour of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (directed by James Lapine). In concert in New York, I’ve most recently sung at Feinstein's/54 Below, and with Music Director Will Van Dyke, created the solo shows STILL IT'S TRUE, NO MORE UPSIDE DOWN, HERE I GO, TAKE THE RIDE, and SONGS BARBARA TAUGHT US, a tribute to the great Barbara Cook. My writing projects include DISSONANCE ASCENDING, OR WHEN WE STAY, a 2018 semifinalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference (workshopped with Writing By Writers and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center), and  “Musicals, Madness, and Memory,” an essay series published by HuffPost Queer Voices in 2017. In celebration of The Trevor Project’s 20th anniversary in 2018, I was part of the company of TMI Project’s “Lifelines: Queer Stories of Survival.” The opportunity to train and work as a Lifeline Crisis Counselor for The Trevor Project inspired my passion for social justice and working in support of social services. Currently, I’m a full-time staff member at the Entertainment Community Fund (formerly The Actors Fund) and pursuing an MSW at Rutgers School of Social Work.

Home: Dissonance Ascending
Boy in the Field

Dissonance Ascending,

or When We Stay

2018 Semifinalist:

Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference.


Musicals, Madness, and Memory

Part 1

When a Musical is More Than a Broadway Show, or That Time a ’90s “Flop” Brought a Teenage Heart to Life

Part 2

I Can “Cook” Too, or The Continual Aspiration to Sing Like a Legend

Part 3

The Road You Didn’t Take [Always] Comes to Mind”: A “Sondheimian” Departure and What Followed.

Part 4

“And the Sparklers Light the Sky."

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