Elspeth

Collard

Composer / Musician

United Kingdom / NYC

Bio

Elspeth Collard recently graduated from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at
NYU Tisch. Originally from the UK, she did her undergrad in Music at Newnham College,
University of Cambridge. Here, she co-wrote her first full-length musical Don’t Ever
Change, which was performed at the Brickhouse Theatre in Cambridge and at the Edinburgh
Fringe. Alongside her work as a composer-lyricist, she was the musical director, vocal
arranger and orchestrator for a number of college ensembles, and played percussion for a
variety of existing and student-written musicals, including the original Edinburgh Fringe run
of Six. Since moving to New York, her songs have been featured in concerts around NYU,
and at cabaret venues such as The Duplex, Don't Tell Mama, and Dixon Place. She has also
gained further experience as a musical director (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling
Bee, site-specific production dir. Eric Gelb), and as an orchestrator and copyist (She Will
Rock You: Songs from the Female Composers & Lyricists of Maestra, Feinstein’s/54 Below;
Don’t Panic: The Songs of Jamie Elizabeth Maletz, Green Room 42 [UPCOMING]).
Elspeth is a member of Maestra and the Dramatists Guild of America.

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News and Updates

Is This Art Now?

Elspeth was a guest composer on the web series "Is This Art Now?: A Musical In The Time of Corona", written and directed by Jessie Field and James Salem. Her song "Graduation", lyrics by Jessie Field, can be heard in the opening episode of Season 3. Elspeth is also a recurring character throughout Seasons 2 and 3.

Twenty-Six Percent

Music by

Elspeth Collard

Book and Lyrics by

Sam Rosenblatt

After a long night of partying (that he doesn’t remember any of), Average Joe embarks on a long subway ride with only twenty-six percent battery left on his phone. Will he make it home in time or will his phone (and all of the voices in his phone) abandon him? Featuring many virtual helpers, a dying phone battery, and the plight of one Average Joe, "Twenty-Six Percent" documents a subway ride home in real time.

Miroir

Music by

Elspeth Collard

Book and Lyrics by

Deniz Demirkurt

“Miroir” is a musical adaptation of the Colette novel “The Vagabond”, and takes place in 1911, Paris. Renee, a 33-year-old woman, works as a music hall dancer to make ends meet after having escaped from an abusive marriage, trying to rediscover who she is through love and dance.

A Princess Story

Music by

Elspeth Collard

Book and Lyrics by

Sam Rosenblatt

"A Princess Story" defies and denies the “damsel in distress” trope, choosing instead to put the princess front and center as the main heroine of the tale. Following Princess Annalise in a quest to slay a dragon, our story features an LGBTQ+ love story, a dynamic pair of strong leading female characters, and a boy band of knights.

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Orchestrations and Vocal Arrangements

Click here for a playlist of performances featuring orchestrations by Elspeth

Click here for a playlist of performances featuring vocal arrangements by Elspeth

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