The Bridge - a musical fantasy

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Creative Team

Liv Cummins - book and lyrics

A singer and performer from a young age, Liv received her bachelor’s degree in theater from Skidmore College and went on to pursue a career as a singer/songwriter.  Her first album, "Some Days," was heard on over 65 stations nationally.  She met her now-husband and collaborator, Sandy McKnight, in a songwriting class in Los Angeles, which later became the subject of their pop/rock musical, The Big One, which Liv directed in 2011 at Columbia Greene Community College in Hudson, NY.  Liv met Matt at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Musical Theatre Writing program, where The Bridge first began.

As a lyricist/bookwriter, Liv has had several of her musicals produced at venues across the country, including Vanishing Point, co-written with Rob Hartmann and Scott Keys (both NYU alums), most recently seen at American Stage Theatre in St. Petersburg, FLA (2012). Liv’s second collaboration with Hartmann and Keys, Wild Blue – a musical revue exploring the magic and mystery of flight throughout the years – was commissioned by Dayton, Ohio's Human Race Theater as a part of Dayton's 100-year celebration of the Wright Brothers. 

Liv co-founded a not-for-profit performing arts corporation in Columbia County, NY, whose mission is to showcase original music, theater and comedy featuring the best area performers.  Liv and Sandy produce and write the company’s signature live variety show, Saturday Night LIV (hosted by Liv).  Liv is on the faculty at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, where she teaches drama and literature. 

Matt Marks - book and music

Matt studied Creative Arts and Music Composition in Nottingham and Musical Theatre Writing in New York, where he was awarded the Frederic Loewe ASCAP award for Musical Theatre.

Theatre credits include scores for Nottingham Playhouse, West Yorkshire Playhouse, New Perspectives theatre company, Polka Theatre, The Crucible, Sheffield and others.     

Matt has composed dance scores for Retina Dance Company, Tell-Tale Hearts. Rebecca Hart, Cidinha Fursan Bendixen and Eunmi Kuk.

International work includes When The Pictures Came, a 3-way collaboration between Terrapin Puppet Theatre from Australia, The Childrens' Art Theatre of China and Lakeside, Nottingham.  Matt has also composed for the site-specific company Parrabbola's Pericles in Poland in 2010 and The Winter's Tale in the Czech Republic and Poland in 2012.

Musical collaborations include The Bridge with Liv Cummins,  Giants in the Earth with Nick Wood, inspired by the life of the Victorian paleontologist William Buckland, The People Could Fly with Adam Mathias, which was produced in New York in 2008 and The Egg Factory with Esther Davis.

Matt composed the score for Memoirs of a Biscuit Tin by Maison Foo, which was a huge success at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and beyond, and has co-devised and performed in their second show Pendulums Bargain Emporium.

Film and television credits include The Morris Jelly House of Fashion, Insight in Mind and Hotel for Channel Four.

Matt is a member of The Institute for Crazy Dancing and is Associate Practitioner for RSC Education.    He continues to perform with the improvising quartet Kiplefti  and The Balkan Express as well as arranging and performing music ranging from East European Klezmer to Tango to South African Township Jive and Balinese Monkey Chant.

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