Artemis Montague (they/them) is a composer-lyricist, librettist, scriptwriter, director, and producer. A Black mixed-race nonbinary femmeboi creator with co-occurring disabilities, they write and encourage the development of stories and music that feature people at different ages, stages, and places in life, but always with honesty and integrity. They have also published online opinion pieces related to social justice and the arts on DC Metro Theatre Arts and The Sappho Project. They have a deep investment in dismantling ableism, (trans)gender bias, and racism/colorism in theatre and the performing arts, which is why they choose stories to tell that are close to their heart but also to their values of diversity, inclusion, equity, accessibility, and accountability.
To date, Montague has written almost 130 songs and has written two full musicals. “She Sings Me Home” is their flagship musical: a modern queer-, trans, and Black-led story in the African American musical tradition about young love and alliances in a mental health institution’s under-21 ward and was part of the Page to Stage Festival at the Kennedy Center. Rhapsody In Sunflower Yellow” centers around Arty, a composer, lyricist, and librettist modeled loosely after Artemis Montague, and their obsession with writing a musical about Vincent van Gogh. While Arty writes the story, Vincent van Gogh’s final years in France, is discussed by Vincent while his in a French mental institution. The stories weave together as Arty has a breakdown and therefore the show “breaks down” and the stories collide in a way that discusses how artists exist, are made, experience life and the pursuit of fame, and what it means to create. It is an exploration of what it means to be an artist and what’s at stake if we don’t create. Co-composed with Sydney E. Crutcher, the book and lyrics were written in full by Artemis Montague.
- NYC/Tri-State Area
- LA/Southern California
- D.C./Baltimore Area
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- Theatrical Composer (Music and Lyrics)
- Theatrical Composer (Music only)
- Theatrical Lyricist
- Vocal Arranger
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