Donna Di Novelli

As a librettist and lyricist, Donna DiNovelli’s work has been presented at the New York City Opera, the Public Theater, and Joe’s Pub. Her collaborations with director Francesca Zambello include lyrics for composer Rachel Portman’s 2008 musical Little House on the Prairie and Hildegard: A Measure of Joy, commissioned by the San Francisco Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer. She has also collaborated with Randall Eng for many years, most notably on Florida (New York City Opera; Lyric Opera Cleveland; and a Frederick Loewe Foundation Reading, directed by David Herskovits). DiNovelli has written text for the Los Angeles Modern Dance and Ballet (Twelve Dancing Princesses) and has been invited to the National Musical Theater Conference, the Mac Dowell Colony, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Her stage play, The First Eff (Mark Taper Forum) was excerpted in New Monologues For Women; by Women (Heinemann Press). She has won commissions and fellowships from the Manhattan Theater Club, ASCAP, Mabou Mines, Houston Grand Opera, and the BBC. Besides teaching in the Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, she teaches playwriting at the O’Neill Theater Center and was a visiting professor at Brown University, where she earned a master’s degree in fine arts working with Paula Vogel.She is working on a new opera with Paola Prestini which will be excerpted at NYCO's Vox festival in the spring; and a new musical with Heidi Rodewald (Passing Strange).