Composer / Musician
United Kingdom / NYC
Elspeth Collard is a British-born composer-lyricist, orchestrator, and arranger. She recently graduated from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU Tisch, having previously studied Music at Newnham College, University of Cambridge. Full-length and short form pieces include: A Princess Story (with Sam Rosenblatt, in development); Twenty-Six Percent (with Sam Rosenblatt, available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts); Miroir (with Deniz Demirkurt, NYU thesis project 2020); Easier To Die (with Alex Higgin-Houser, actor lab, NYU 2019); and Don’t Ever Change (with Rebecca Rebis, Edinburgh Fringe and Brickhouse Theatre, Cambridge, 2017). Her songs and orchestrations have been featured at cabaret venues including Feinstein’s/54 Below, Dixon Place, The Duplex, and Don’t Tell Mama; and on various online streaming platforms, including YouTube web series Is This Art Now?, and musical theatre podcast The Latest Draft, for which she is also a programming manager. Elspeth has also been the musical director of several vocal and orchestral ensembles, as well as for a student production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (site-specific production dir. Eric Gelb, 2019), and played percussion for a variety of concerts and musicals, including the original Edinburgh Fringe run of Six. She is a proud member of Maestra and of the Dramatists Guild.
News and Updates
World Mental Health Day Video and Fundraiser
For World Mental Health Day 2020, Elspeth and writing partner Sam Rosenblatt decided to write a song to put a little hope and light into a challenging time; and in doing so, held a fundraiser for Mental Health America. They were fortunate to get to work with some of their most talented and wonderful performer friends, and managed to exceed their fundraising goal. Check out the video below, and feel free to make your own donation to Mental Health America or a different mental health charity, if you feel inspired to do so!
Elspeth and writing partner Sam Rosenblatt have launched a brand new business venture - Beyond Measure: Custom Audition Cuts! You pick the length, style, range and topic, and get a customized song written just for you and your exact needs! For more information, check out this page on their website; and while you're there, check out some of their other work as well!
The Latest Draft
Elspeth is a programming manager for The Latest Draft, a weekly podcast featuring new musical theatre by up-and-coming artists from around the world. Her musical Twenty-Six Percent (more information below) recently kicked off the first season. Tune in every Friday for concerts, radio plays, interviews and more!
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.
A Princess Story
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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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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.
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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.