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Jess Newman is an Australian and New York based award-winning composer, lyricist and performer. His work has been performed at Radio City Hall, New York City Center, 54 Below, Two River Theatre and Green Room 42. He was a winner of the 2022 Mike Walsh Fellowship and the winner of the 2017 New York City Center Encores Stephen Sondheim songwriting competition and the 2018 Dame-Joan Sutherland Award. He recently composed two songs for a special event in Israel, which was attended by President Isaac Herzog. His song “It Starts Again” was recently released on 16 Stories, an album of new American musical theatre released by Broadway Records and an EP of his new musical Scarlet was released by DHB Theatrical. He also recently wrote the music for the play Senser, which premiered at Theatre Works. His musical Einstein premiered in Melbourne, and was selected by The Age as one of the year’s “highlights of theatre.” He has written music and lyrics for the song cycle All the Time and the animated musical Out of the Woods, which premiered at ACMI. He has also written the pop-anthem ‘Return’ to raise funds for the performing arts during the pandemic, and the song ‘Love is Love’ to support the 2017 bill for same-sex marriage in Australia. Jess is a proud member of ASCAP.