The White Rose - Author Bios


ALAN CANCELINO is a NYC based composer working in many styles of music. In collaboration with Jenne Wason, his shows include Bingo City, developed in the BMI Musical Theater Workshop under moderator Maury Yeston and featured on Theatre Row in a New York Musical Theater Festival showcase directed by Leigh Silverman. And the daring new musical drama The White Rose which has had readings and workshops under the direction of Leah C. Gardiner at The Public Theater in NYC, Wright State University in Ohio, and presented in concert form at the New York Musical Theater Festival. The show also had a reaading at the York Theatre. He also collaborated with Wason on the relationship musical The MArrying Types which premiered at The Player’s theatre in New York. Other collaborations and works include the short musical Party Lines by Winter Miller which premiered in the Ignite festival at the Ohio Theatre in SoHo. And music for the Edward Albee award winning play Kansas Faust by Anne Phelan.

Alan scored the Japanese film Sight Unseen and created the cabaret show What's The Point?!  with Hector Coris that premiered in NYC for several limited runs and was also presented at the Harvest International Theatre Festival in Montreal. The show was also produced by the Know Theatre in Cincinnati. Alan collaborated on a new musical Flake of Snow in collaboration with lyricist Mark Garcia and was chosen to participate in Project Footlight.

Aside from theatre, Alan is slowly inching his way back into film scoring which was his concentration at Berklee College of Music in Boston where he was a recipient of the Chick Corea prize for a promising young composer.And as a pianist had the privilege of studying and performing with Maestro “Slava” Rostropovich. He is working on a recording of original ballads and a collection of piano ensemble pieces. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and an alumnus of the Lehman Engel Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop at BMI. His work has been seen at The Public Theater, New Dramatists, NYMF,BMI, The Tank, Theatre Row, The Laurie Beechman and regionally at the National Gallery in Canada, Player's Theatre, The Know Theatre and many more.

JENNE WASON (book & lyrics)

JENNE WASON has written the book and lyrics for several musicals in collaboration with composer Alan Cancelino. Their dramatic musical The White Rose most recently had a reading at Off Broadway's York Theatre Company featuring Jarrod Spector (Frankie Valli in Broadway's Jersey Boys). It has also been seen at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, Wright State, and the Public Theater. Cancelino & Wason's comedic road trip musical Bingo City was featured at the New York Musical Theatre Festival starring Anita Gillette and original Village People cowboy Randy Jones, and their show The Marrying Types played at New York's Players Theatre. Their songs have been performed at various cabaret venues in NYC and Canada.

With Canadian composer Joseph Benoit, Jenne has written the holiday musical Flakie: The High-Kicking Elf and the all-female comedy Winesday, The Musical Wine Tasting. Their shows have has produced in venues across Southwestern Ontario including the Chatham Capitol Theatre and Windsor's Olde Walkerville Theatre.

Jenne graduated from New York University with a BFA in Drama/Dramatic Writing and is an alumnus of the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.