Country: United States
City: New York
Industry: Theatre & Opera
Professional Title: Development Associate
Specialties: Music, history, teaching

- About -

I am a musicologist and classically trained flutist. I currently work as the Development Associate at Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, managing grant applications and sources of contributed income. In February 2018, I earned my Ph.D. in musicology from The Graduate Center, CUNY. In friendly company, I describe myself as a professional nerd. I am passionate about issues of race/ethnicity and gender in music performance, theatre, and pop culture. Research/Writing: My research focuses on the music of media fandom. I’ve presented conference papers in the US and abroad on musicals, wizard rock, Firefly, and Doctor Who. I co-edited the issue of the Journal of Fandom Studies on music and fandom (June 2016). I have two forthcoming publications: a chapter on new media musicals and cultivating theatre fandom in the Routledge Companion to the Contemporary Stage Musical and chapter on Team StarKid for Intellect's Fan Phenomena: Harry Potter. Teaching: From 2011-2017, I taught music history at CCNY and Hunter College. Classes were structured around lectures, Q&As with guests, writing assignments, and discussion. Outside academia, I volunteered for 7 years with the Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance (MSTDA), assistant directing the teen and children’s theatre programs. Since 2013, I have worked as a tour guide for Big Onion Walking Tours. Event Management: In the fall of 2017, I successfully produced a run of Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell’s musical [title of show] at MSTDA. In 2013-2014, I chaired the 17th Annual Graduate Students in Music Conference. I led a team of colleagues to pick a theme, select paper presentations, implement a budget, and establish the social media presence of the conference. I look forward to hearing from you. You can reach me at or on Twitter @ayaesther.