Associate Professor of Music and Dance
Music Director, Dance Department
BA Wesleyan University
MFA New York University, TSOA
Andrew Warshaw is a composer, writer and former dancer whose music and lyrics for theater and dance have premiered at the Zellerbach Theater, Lincoln Center, Dance Theater Workshop in New York and many other venues. As a composer, his collaborators have included director/writer George C. Wolfe, playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, CONTRABAND, choreographers and dancers Sara Shelton Mann, Stephan Koplowitz, Randy Warshaw, Yoshiko Chuma, and film maker Richard Schlesinger. Warshaw's work-in-progress, The Sparks, The Ringing, an opera about an African-American musicologist with a Hasidic son, has been given support by many foundations and the New York State Council on the Arts, with major sections performed at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Over the past several years, Warshaw has been writing about, speaking about, and performing what he calls Locomotion-Encoded Musical Movements (LEMMS), an account of musicians' physical movements as fundamental elements of musical organization. Publications include the journals Music and Dance and Music and Medicine, with presentations at the Music and Evolutionary Thought Conference of the Centre for Music and Science of Cambridge University, the Philoctetes Center and the Music of the Spheres Society in New York, and the First Neuroculture Meeting in Torun, Poland (May, 2011). For this work Warshaw was a finalist for the 2009 Thatcher Hoffman Smith Creativity in Motion Prize. He has an ongoing involvement with African-related musics including work in W. Africa as a producer of the NPR series Afropop, initial design and direction of World Music Productions' African Diaspora Arts Initiative, a long essay on W. African music and politics called Guinea Dreams, published in The Gettysburg Review, and ongoing collaboration with kora player Salieu Suso for The Sparks, The Ringing. Warshaw has taught at Lincoln Center Institute, Carnegie Hall, NYU and Touro College and has worked as a consultant in arts education for the Brooklyn Philharmonic and New Jersey Performing Arts Center.