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AbouT MZ

I was born and raised in New York City where I attended LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts, Drama Department. I’m a graduate of the University of Michigan Musical Theater Department. Prior theater roles include “Leaf Coneybear” in the First National Tour of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (directed by James Lapine) and "David" in THE BOY IN THE BATHROOM, one of NYMF's Most Promising Musical Winners. In concert in New York I’ve most recently sung at Feinstein's/54 Below, and with Music Director Will Van Dyke created the club shows STILL IT'S TRUE, NO MORE UPSIDE DOWN, HERE I GO, TAKE THE RIDE, and SONGS BARBARA TAUGHT US, a tribute to my favorite singer, Barbara Cook. My writing includes DISSONANCE ASCENDING, OR WHEN WE STAY, a 2018 semifinalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, workshopped with Writing By Writers and at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, as well as a series of essays, “Musicals, Madness, and Memory,” 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 dedication to social justice and working in support of social services. I’m currently a full-time staff member at The Actors Fund.

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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