Media Arts, Music, Other, Performing Arts, Traditional Arts
Artist StatementThe Indianapolis Star quotes that the “Stage becomes classroom for kids.” I'm excited about introducing award winning musicals that seamlessly integrate STEM and fostering the creation of multidisciplinary artworks -- especially for underserved youth and communities.
Tony Small has won national composer/lyricist awards in Jazz, Gospel, Classical and Musical Theatre genres and served as an Interdisciplinary Arts Guru and Resident Artist worldwide. He has created and managed world-class multidisciplinary, cultural and “Edutainment” (programs in 4 major cities (Chicago, Indianapolis, Baltimore and Washington DC) for youth. The Indianapolis Star quotes that the “Stage becomes classroom for kids” at the Madame Walker Theatre and Chicago Loyola University’s Center for Urban Research Quarterly reported “No one doubts that if Tony has his way, every child who works with him will be one of tomorrow’s leaders.”
Tony's latest creation was the Qadar operetta that was commissioned by the Smithsonian and Sultanate of Oman in 2013 with world debuts at the Kennedy Center and Clarice Performing Arts Center in 2014. Tony is the Librettist, composer and lyricist. The work was created to introduce youth and diverse audiences in DC to the culture and peoples of Oman and Zanzibar through a seamless exchange of African and Arabic multidisciplinary arts using the vernacular of opera. The world renowned Denyce Graves served as the Artistic Director and consultant for the project.
Tony’s works also include 4 family musicals, 3 Holiday and Christmas musicals, 1 Cultural anthologies, 1 Easter cantata, 1 operetta and 100s of multi-genre compositions that have been featured at the nation’s most celebrated cultural institutions including: the Kennedy Center, Madame Walker Theatre, Smithsonian, Chicago DuSable Museum, Indianapolis Children’s Museum, The Hayti Heritage Center, Eubie Blake International Jazz Center, Reginald Lewis Museum Theatre, National Children’s Museum, The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry Underground Song for exhibit premiere with Bill Nye The Science Guy, and a national FOX TV feature of his 911 memorial song and video. Awards include include: 2012 & 2009 National Meet The Composer Award, Tony Award winning BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Composer Alum (New York Times calls “The Harvard of Musical Theatre), 2008 American Composer Forum Award Winner, 2008 Stellar for ”I Am” recorded by Maurette Brown Clark (Grammies of Gospel), Guest Actor on the 2008 final HBO WIRE — Director of boys choir featured on the 2008 sound track, 2007 Maryland State Arts Composer Award, and a 2000 White House millennium wining Composer/Playwright Residency (America’s top 55 Community Artists) spearheaded by Hillary Clinton and the National Endowment of the Arts.
Tony serves as the 1st Regional Artistic/S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington; he is also one a member on the national Boys & Girls Club STEM Advisory Council. He has served as Artistic Director for the Historic Madame Walker Theatre (A National Landmark built by Madame CJ Walker), Lecturer of Fine Arts at Chicago Loyola University, Training Director for the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Linkages Program (a national STEM Pilot) and Founding Director of the Urban League’s Camp Smart (North Chicago/Waukegan). Artist Residencies include: Baltimore Office of Promotion and Arts (8 Baltimore public schools from 2005-07 utilizing Tony’s Edutainment/STEAM curricula), Baltimore and Chicago Arch-Diocese Schools, Baltimore Parks and Recreation, Morgan State University Summer Arts Camp (Baltimore, MD), Y.E.P.A.W. - Youth Performance Arts Workshop (Akron Ohio and Cape Town, South Africa), Howard Street Alternative School for high school for juveniles (Chicago, IL), 3 Chicago Public Schools and City Lights (Chicago’s oldest after-school program) and YMCA & YWCAs in Chicago and Indianapolis.