Gonzalo Alejandro Valencia-Peña
Gonzalo is a composer, lyricist, arranger, actor, music director, ex-physics teacher, and gamer. He has spent the last 15 years doing all things involving music, theatre, games, and science.
As an actor, some of his favorite moments involved leading roles in TICK, TICK… BOOM! (Jon), IN THE HEIGHTS (Usnavi), SWEENEY TODD (Sweeney), and AVENUE Q (Nicky).
As a music director, he has spend the last decade being professionally contracted all around the NJ/NY area. Some highlights include PARADE, SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM, CABARET, RENT, IN THE HEIGHTS, VIOLET, DREAMGIRLS, GYPSY, and many more!
As a composer, Gonzalo has been writing music since the age of 15. First writing songs for his rock band and later writing original music for shows while in college. He served as composer/arranger for two shows produced by Rutgers University: TWELFTH NIGHT (Original Score) and HELL HATH NO FURY: A RAP AND ROLL STORY (Additional music). As an arranger, he has been commissioned to write orchestral arrangements for the NJ Encore Orchestra. He also has written or co-written arrangements for every piece of music and show he has ever scored.
As a composer/lyricist, he has spent the last 8 years working with his writing partner (Michael Campbell) on several different projects. Most notably, they have had their material showcased in the form of readings, concerts, and workshops at BERGEN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, 4TH WALL THEATRE, DON’T TELL MAMA NYC, IRVINGTON TOWN HALL THEATRE, and MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY. Michael and Gonzalo met at NJIT under the mentorship of Bill Gile (Tony Nominated Director of Very Good Eddie)
Currently, he is more determined than ever to bring something new and exciting into the world, they are working on the completely original GOBLINS & GATES, a new musical about a young woman who wants to uphold her late father’s legacy as a great Story Master while running the family’s game store. It’s a story filled with love, lots of imagination, and nerds. The show was originally developed at MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY in April of 2018. Most recently, a new version/workshop was done in August 2022 at the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center in West Orange, NJ with Pleasant Valley Productions. Currently, the piece got accepted into the New York Theater Festival and will be performed this May. For more info check out, goblinsandgates.com
Lastly, Gonzalo is a proud immigrant who was brought to the states at the age of 8 years old. His journey took him 15 years to adjust his legal status to American citizen. He taught AP Physics at an inner city public school for over a decade. He helped over a thousand young kids learn physics AND help them realize that their creative passions are equally as important . He is happily married and loves playing games with want to have a fun time! His ultimate plans are to bring a whole new generation of nerds into the wonderful world of musical theater.
- NYC/Tri-State Area
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- Theatrical Composer (Music and Lyrics)
- Music Director/Conductor (Pianist)
- Music Director/Conductor (Not Pianist)
- Music Assistant
- Vocal Arranger
- Incidental Music Composer/Arranger
- Music Copyist
- Music Transcriber
- Pit Musician (Keyboards)
- Pit Musician (Other)
- Music Contractor/Coordinator
- Keyboard Programmer
- Sound Designer/Composer
- Audition Pianist
My Primary Instrument
- Guitar - acoustic
- Guitar - electric
- Synth - keyboards
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