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Abbott MFA Director, Rose Freeman discussing her award-winning production of MEN ON BOATS


Abbott MFA Director/Choreographer Jason Aguirre discusses his production of PETER & THE STARCATCHER (2019)

Filmed by Kathy Chan and Matt Altea Edited by Dominic DiDonato

Graduates of the Abbott MFA Cohort 2021

JASON AGUIRRE, MFA Musical Theater Collaboration

MFA Musical Theater Collaboration, Concentration: Directing
Graduate Certificate: Teaching in Higher Education

Jason Aguirre (he/him/el) is a New York-based Mexican-American director, bookwriter, and choreographer, specializing in new musical development and reinvestigating the traditional American book musical. He strives to be radically inclusive in his practices while delivering a theatrical Flintstone vitamin to audiences — a socio-political message served through candy-coated entertainment. He is a SDCF Fellow – Mentored by Susan Stroman, a member of the Directors Group at Roundabout Theatre Company, and a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Librettist Workshop. @jasona57


SPICER W. CARR, MFA Musical Theater Collaboration
MFA Musical Theater Collaboration, Concentration: Composer/Lyricist


Bio: Spicer W. Carr (He/Him) is a Philadelphia based Composer-Lyricist, specializing in Opera, Musical Theater, and Theatre for Young Audiences. As a queer, autistic writer, Spicer seeks out similarly underrepresented voices, and uses his unique perspective to help explore their stories. Current projects include The Rocking Boy, a semi-autobiographical children’s musical about growing up with autism and the meaning of friendship; Chance the Snapper, a coming of age musical based on the events surrounding the infamous 2019 Humboldt Park Lagoon gator; and U Up?, a “found text” song cycle which uses Grindr chats to explore queer loneliness. Spicer’s vocal catalogue includes song cycles (DreamsU Up?), musicals (Downpour), and operettas (Jack and the Beanstalk). His Instrumental work includes pieces for piano (Of no Concern), big band (Lunch Rush), and a violin concerto (Daydreams). Spicer’s work has been developed and performed by The TYE Center, Utah Valley University Chamber Symphony, Utah Valley University Jazz Orchestra, Secondary Players, MusiCoLab, St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Temple University Theater, and The Purple Crayon Players. Spicer is a graduate of Temple University, where he participated in the inaugural MFA cohort for Musical Theatre Collaboration.

RACHEL GRAF EVANS, MFA Musical Theater Collaboration

MFA Musical Theater Collaboration, Concentration: Book Writer/Librettist
Graduate Certificate: Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
Graduate Certificate: Teaching in Higher Education

Rachel Graf Evans (she/her) is a writer and theatre artist currently based in Atlanta. Recent dramatic accolades include: Her quirky sex farce PHEROMONE was named a Finalist for Philadelphia Theatre Company’ 2021 Terrence McNally Award, her queer high school rom com RANDI & ROXANNE was a Finalist for the inaugural 2021 Lanford Wilson New American Play Award at Southeast Missouri State University, and her unreliable memory play CHERISHED opened the 2021 Hollins Playwright’s Lab Festival of New Works. RGE is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild, Ring of Keys, Working Title Playwrights, and the New Play Exchange. M.F.A. Musical Theater Collaboration; Graduate Certificates: Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies; Teaching in Higher Education (Temple University). M.F.A. Playwriting Candidate (Hollins University, est. 2022). B.A. with High Honors: Theatre/Gender, Sexuality, & Feminist Studies (Oberlin College). Stay tuned at


MFA Directing

Rose Freeman teaches, stage directs, writes, and produces theatrical performances in multiple performance mediums. Freeman directed Third Eye Productions include The Medium, Sumeida’s Song, Dark Sisters, With Blood With Ink, Stitch, Stitch/Witness,  Zie is a Founding Ensemble Member of Third Eye Theatre Ensemble, Nothing Without a Company, and Member Emeritus for the DirectorsLabChicago Steering Committee. Freeman has spoken on the panels for the 2020 National Opera Association and the 2011 Chicago Theatre Symposium, participated in the 2012 DirectorsLabChicago, and 2017 La MaMa Umbria Intl. Symposium for Directors. Freeman is a recipient of the National Opera Association's 2020 JoElyn Wakefield-Wright Stage Director Fellowship and is a Directing Fellow for Wolf Trap Opera's 2020 and 2021 season. will tell you about all the other fun things zir up to. 

ADAM J. RINEER, MFA Musical Theater Collaboration

MFA Musical Theater Collaboration, Concentration: Composer/Lyricist
Graduate Certificate: Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
Graduate Certificate: Teaching in Higher Education

ADAM J. RINEER (they/he) is a NYC-based composer, writer, and music director. Their works include The Naked TruthA Trip to The MoonBrandedTM!, and Sick Moves! (or The Dancing Plague Of 1518). Their songs have been featured in concerts in NYC, LA, and various universities across the country. As an MD, they have worked for companies such as TheaterWorks Hartford, Prima Theatre, and Norwegian Cruise Lines. They graduated from Temple with an M.F.A. in Musical Theatre Collaboration and Grad. Cert. in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. They are currently pursuing a D.M.A. in Composition at The Hartt School. @adamjrineer

PATRICK TICE-CARROLL, MFA Musical Theater Collaboration

MFA Musical Theater Collaboration


Patrick Tice-Carroll is a music director, pianist, and conductor based in Philadelphia, PA. A graduate of Temple University (MFA in Musical Theater Collaboration, 2021; MA in Musical Theater Studies, 2020; BS in Music, 2019), Patrick works throughout the region on musicals and other theatrical productions. Drawing from intense musical and varied technical training, Patrick’s scope of work extends past the performative – keyboard programmer, arranger and orchestrator, music engraver, recording and mix engineer. In May 2021, Patrick graduated with his MFA in the inaugural cohort of Temple University’s Musical Theater Collaboration program. Through this training, Patrick has specialized in working on the creative team in the development of new works of musical theater. Patrick is currently serving as adjunct faculty at Temple University.

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