Opera America Female Composer Grant

ICONS/IDOLS composer Grace Oberhofer was recently awarded the Opera America Discovery Grant for Female Composers. Playwright Helen Banner, director Colette Robert, and Grace will be working together from 2017-2018 to complete and workshop the script and score of the ICONS/IDOLS trilogy. Further updates to follow!




Playwright Helen Banner and director Colette Robert started working on the project in The Jam at New Georges, a performance gym for early career women theatre artists. They were given the challenge to make work completely out of their comfort zone and set out to create something big, beautiful and diverse. In collaboration with musician Sasha Diamond, they presented a five minute Plain Chant at MISTLESHOW, The Jam’s 2015 Winter Showing at The Brick.


MAY 2016

Composer Grace Oberhofer joined the collaboration and we gave a concert performance of some of the songs at SPACEJAM, New Georges’s Festival of JAM work in progress in the Great Hall at South Oxford Spaces.

Featuring: Jessica Cannizzaro, Katie Consamus, Helen Coxe, Eileen Farley, Adenike Thomas, Katherine Weber, Rachel Caplan, Isabella Dawis, Jo Eubanks, Jenna Hokanson, Aja Singletary, Olivia Stoker

Ice Factory Festival 2016

JUNE 2016

ICONS/IDOLS was selected to be the opening show at Ice Factory 2016 at The New Ohio Theatre.  Chorographer Erik Thurmond joined us to create an eighty minute show combining music, text and movement. [Unreviewed, Equity Showcase Code]

Book and lyrics by Helen Banner
Composed by Grace Oberhofer
Directed by Colette Robert
Choreographed by Erik Thurmond

: Jessica Cannizzaro, Rachel Caplan,Gabriella Concepción, Katie Consamus, Helen Coxe, Isabella Dawis, JoAnn Eubanks, Eileen Farley, Lynnette Freeman, Aja Singletary, Adenike Thomas, Katie Weber, Akyiaa Wilson, Adam Davenport

Scenic Design: Angelica Borrero
Costume Design: Madeline Corson
Lighting Design: Jay Ryan
Props Design: Ryan Courtney
Line Producer: Eric Marlin
Prod. Stage Manager: Jenny Ainsworth
Assoc. Set Designer: Trang Nguyen
Sound Mentor: Nathan Leigh
Sound Design: Grace Oberhoffer
Assoc. Producer:Rachel Abrams
Asst. Stage Manager: Patrick Harnett-Marshall