Monica Stephenson

Vocalist     Composer      Theatre Artist     Funny Lady  

Songwriter, Sketch Writer, Performer with The Harvey Wallbangers

Ongoing premieres and performances of original songs and sketches for professional sketch comedy group in residence at Off the Wall Theatre in Pittsburgh with seven full-stage productions from 2014 to present.

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Music Composer 

The Carols

Dec. 1—Dec. 31, 2016

A world premiere musical comedy

Written & Directed by Jennifer Childs 

Music by Monica Stephenson • Lyrics by Jennifer Childs

It's Christmastime in 1944. War is raging on the other side of the Atlantic and, here at home, a group of neighbors gathers at the VFW to make the most of what they have. 1812's newest original comedy brings us an oddball friendship between a trio of singing sisters, an out-of-work Catskills comic, a limping piano player, and their grumpy Scrooge-like landlady. The Carols is a heartfelt and hopeful musical that looks at making something right with all the wrong people.

Photo credit: John Flak 

Musical Composer & Music Director

Wild Women Don’t Get the Blues,

Hope Academy
Premiered in May 2016 at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. “A multi-disciplinary work encouraging young women to stand up, speak their mind, refuse to back down, and ultimately, change the world.” Directed By Meredith Hoppe. 

"Stories, poems, monologues and songs about women who stood up, spoke their minds, refused to back down and changed the world. Presented by Hope Academy’s teen theater company (HAT Co) 

Musical Composer & Music Director

This Girl Laughs, This Girls Cries, This Girl Does Nothing; A Musical Adaptation, Hope Academy

Premiered in May 2015 at East Liberty Presbyterian Church.

Musical adapted with approval by the playwright, Finegan Kruckemeyer. Directed By Meredith Hoppe.

“This Girl Laughs, The Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing” is Finegan Kruckmeyer’s award-winning, fairytale-esque play about the journey of three sisters who take different paths, have incredible adventures, and end up back where they started, transformed into independent women. This highly original tale explores complex themes of love, loss and self-discovery.

Using an innovative DIY design aesthetic, plus shadow puppets and an original soundscape and songs, Hope Academy’s Teen Theater Company (HAT Co) brings this poetic, humorous and action-packed story to life for young people and adults, ages 8 and up.

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Teaching Artist Music Composer & Music Director

Before Pride, TheatriQ; Dreams of Hope
Premiered in December 2013 at Alloy Dance Studios in Pittsburgh.  TheatriQ is a performance ensemble that creates work to address LGBQT themes.  Before Pride has run in various locations such as: Pittsburgh PrideFest, Andy Warhol Youth Invasion, Pittsburgh Public School All-City Arts Showcase & Initiative for Transgender Leadership workshop.
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We Write South Philly High, Philadelphia Young Playwrights - Director

“We Write South Philly High,” a student written and performed play developed at South Philadelphia High in collaboration with 1812 Education, The Wilma Theatre and Philadelphia Young Playwrights"

Once on the Island, Villanova University - Director

It's My Party: The Women and Comedy Project 
Written and Directed by Jennifer Childs
Songs and Musical Direction by Monica Stepheson
April 25, 2013 - May 19, 2013

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Cherry Bomb, 1812 Productions  - Vocal Coach, Asst. Director