MusiCoLab is a nonprofit dedicated to the development of new musical theatre works.
Learn about our co-founders Barbara Bellman and Seth Rozin below.
BARBARA BELLMAN lives in Philadelphia and New York City. She earned her undergraduate in Business Administration from Arizona State University and proceeded to enjoy a productive career in advertising and Marketing, specializing in the health industry. Eager to put her creative energy toward her own work, Bellman returned to school and earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Stony Brook University, is an alum of the BMI Musical Theatre Writing Program and earned an MFA from the Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at New York University in 2018. Barbara is an author of three books, has written several plays, three musicals, and is a founding member of The Producer’s Fund (a Philadelphia-based non-profit that provides grants to theatres in support of women-created works. Barbara’s short play, The Wine Cellar, was published in The Southampton Review, was a finalist and received a performance in the 2010 DC SWAN Festival, as well as the Philadelphia Playwrights Center Festival. Her young audience musical, The Word Police, was a 2017 finalist in the Anne B. Zornio Musical Theatre Festival and was performed in the Emerging Artists Theatre Festival (2016). Several of her short plays and songs have been performed in Cabarets, Festivals and Workshops in Washington DC, Philadelphia and New York City. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, NAMT, TRU Voices, the League of Professional Women in Theatre and PRO. barbarabellman.com.
Seth Rozin co-founded InterAct Theatre Company in 1988 and has since served as Producing Artistic Director. He has directed over 50 productions for InterAct, including HOW TO USE A KNIFE, THE NETHER, THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY (Best Director, Philadelphia Weekly in 2010), PERMANENT COLLECTION (2004 Barrymore nomination for Outstanding Overall Production), IT’S ALL TRUE (2001 Barrymore nominations for Outstanding Director and Outstanding Overall Production), and LEBENSRAUM (1999 Barrymore Awards for Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Overall Production and Outstanding Ensemble). He has twice been named "Best Director" by the Philadelphia Inquirer for the world premiere of Thomas Gibbons' 6221 in 1993 and for LEBENSRAUM. Seth has also directed for the Fountain Theatre (Los Angeles), Blue Heron Theatre and the 45th Street Theatre (New York), as well as regionally with Act II Playhouse, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Philadelphia Young Playwrights and the University of Pennsylvania. Seth is the author of several plays, including MEN OF STONE, MISSING LINK, BLACK GOLD, TWO JEWS WALK INTO A WAR…, THE THREE CHRISTS OF MANHATTAN and HUMAN RITES, which have been produced across the country and in Australia. He wrote the book, music and lyrics for A PASSING WIND, which was featured in the inaugural Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts at the Kimmel Center in 2011. Seth is the recipient of two fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the National New Play Network’s 2007 Smith Prize, a commission from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, and two Barrymore Award nominations. Seth is also a co-founder of Philadelphia Scenic Works (a nonprofit, community-based scenic fabrication shop) and MusiCoLab (a nonprofit dedicated to the development of new musical theatre works). He has twice served as President of the Board of National New Play Network, as well as Philadelphia Artists Collective, Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia and New Paradise Laboratories. He has served on funding and award panels for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, New Jersey State Arts Council, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Theatre Communications Group, Philadelphia Theatre Initiative and Illinois Arts Council.
L-R: Seth Rozin, Barbara Bellman,
Rebecca Cureton, Sarah Scafidi
As a novice composer, the entire MusiCoLab experience was extremely valuable. It gave me a chance to hear my songs through different ears, performed by talented artists. It was exciting to hear what others are working on, and I was grateful for the opportunity to network with members of the theater community. Thanks, Seth and Barbara for putting this together! - Chad
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