Episode Nine: Theater Begins... with your first musical

Hannah Joyce, Alayna Jacqueline, and guest Katie Ka Vang


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Writing the book and lyrics for a new musical involves a different balancing act of a playwright. We've invited guest artist, Katie Ka Vang, to talk about all the discoveries, challenges, and opportunities of the new musical development process. As always, we will respond to questions from the live audience or those submitted via the Membership Podcast: Theater Begins Here Questions Form.

This Episode is for Those Who:

  • Are interested in musical theater or plays with music
  • Are interested in the process of writing the book vs. lyrics vs. music
  • Are interested in collaborating with composers
  • Love Katie Ka Vang's work and want to listen to her thoughts, ideas, and experiences with the new musical theater process. 


Katie Ka Vang is a playwright and theater artist of Hmong descent. Her work explores the complexities of community, the familial, dis-ease & survivorship, and the refugee/ immigrant/Asian American experience. Her plays and works include WTFHmong Bollywood, 5:1 Meaning of Freedom; 6:2 Use of SharpeningFast FWD Motions, In Quarantine, FINAL ROUND, and Spirit Trust. Her work has been developed and presented at Pangea World Theater, Pillsbury House Theatre, Theater Mu, Leviathan Lab, Bushwick Starr, Brown University, The Royal Court Theatre (London), The Walker Art Center, Out North Art House, and more. She's received support from The Jerome Foundation, NET, Knight Foundation, NPN, MRAC, MSAB, and Coalition of Asian American Leaders. She's a member of East West Players 2021-2022 Playwright's Group. She was a 20/21 Many Voices Fellow and is delighted to be the 22/23 McKnight Fellow at the Playwrights Center. Her first musical AGAIN with music by Melissa Li, is slated for a production in 2022/23. (Theater Mu). She’s currently working on a commission from Civic Ensemble (Ithaca, NY). She holds an MFA in Playwriting from Brown University


A selfie headshot of Katie Ka Vang with a dark red stocking hat and my large floral print bandana around the neck.