Recipient of the 2011 Roy Crane Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in the Performing Arts

Paul Marbach headshot Paul Marbach Writes music for chorus, theatre, chamber ensemble, and film. Currently living in Austin, Texas, Paul studied under Dan Welcher, Yevgeniy Sharlat, Bruce Pennycook, and Hermes Camacho, and earned a Bachelors of Arts in Music from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2011. Paul's collaborators include the UT Department of Theatre and Dance; playwrights Emily Freeman, Lindsey Sikes, and Bethany Corey; the Blanton Museum of Art; and choreographers Holly Williams and Grace Holmes, in addition to many others. Paul has served as musical director for various productions of his works, including the Fall 2012 UT Austin production of And Then Came Tango.

And Then Came Tango, a hybrid ballet/play for young audiences written by Emily Freeman, imaginatively recounts the true story of Roy and Silo, two male penguins at the Central Park Zoo who form a pair bond. The work, which includes interactive elements and prominently features dance components, is anchored at its heart by a score which organically tells the story of the penguins and what it means to be a family. The work was premiered as part of the University of Texas at Austin Cohen New Works Festival in the Spring of 2011, and has been chosen for the 2012-2013 UT Department of Theatre and Dance Season as a touring production.

Paul Marbach performing

Randy Maguire: Composer of the folk opera WHEN THE HORSE RUNS OFF