Ada Westfall

Associate Artist

Ada Westfall is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, actor and proud trans-woman. She has worked with Theater Mitu since 2006, collaborating with the company on productions of Hair (Skirball Center), Saint [Blank] (NYTW), Blind Mouth Singing (Baruch College), Canticle (NYU Grad Acting), The Apostle Project (NYTW), DR.C (or How I Learned to Act in Eight Steps) (3-Legged Dog), A Play On War (Connelly Theater), A Dream Play(Abu Dhabi), Juárez: A Documentary Mythology (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, American & international tours), and Death of a Salesman (14th St Y, BYU, Abu Dhabi & BAM), as well as participating in residencies at New York Theater Workshop, NYU Abu Dhabi, and Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center. As a composer, her original music for A Play On War earned a 2010 Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Music in a Play. She has also composed music for shows by The Civilians, NAATCO, and Built For Collapse and wrote/starred as punk burlesque alter-ego Minq Vaadka in Minq Vaadka’s Narcischism: Un Cabaret d’Adieu (Robert Moss Theater). As onstage musician, she has live-scored, played, and sung in shows like David Byrne’s Joan of Arc: Into the Fire (Public Theater), The Last Goodbye (Old Globe), and Nuclear Love Affair (Prague Fringe Festival). As an actor; Off-Broadway: Rimbaud in New York (BAM), Songbird (59E59). Regional: Pageant (Stoneham Theater). International: The LaMaMa Cantata (Tokyo), One Night Stand: An Improvised Musical (Edinburgh Fringe Festival). Readings: Big Red Sun (54 Below), Volpone(Playwrights Horizons). Ada has played in other people’s bands and her own at many venues around NYC, such as Joe’s Pub, Mercury Lounge, 54 Below, and Bowery Electric, in addition to self-releasing three albums as Minq Vaadka and three music videos. She holds a BFA in Theater from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where she attended Playwrights Horizons Theater School and CAP 21, and has taught as a guest artist at NYU and Tamagawa University. Instagram: @adawestfall

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