B i o g r a p h y
Angelique Mouyis was born in Johannesburg, South Africa to Greek-Cypriot parents. She graduated with a Masters Degree in Music Composition with distinction at the University of the Witwatersrand under Dr Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph, and an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Music Composition at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, studying composition with Dr Robert Aldridge.
Angelique is the recipient of a Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) post-graduate studies scholarship as well as the prestigious Ernest Oppenheimer Overseas Scholarship for the Performing Arts. Her opera Bessie: The Blue-Eyed Xhosa (written with Mkhululi Z. Mabija) was produced by Cape Town Opera in collaboration with the UCT Opera School in November 2015 as part of their Four: 30 - Operas Made in South Africa series. Other productions include Forget this City (Enthuse Theatre) and The Boy Who Never Grows Up (Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute). Her compositions and songs have been performed at (Le) Poisson Rouge (New York, NY), Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Centre (New York, NY), The Zipper Factory (New York, NY), Goodspeed (East Haddam, CT), Barrington Stage Company (Pittsfield, MA), Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ), Broadway au Carré (Paris, France), the Grahamstown National Arts Festival (Grahamstown, South Africa), and venues such as The Dance Factory (Newtown, Johannesburg). She is also the author of Mikis Theodorakis: Finding Greece in his Music (Kerkyra Publishers, 2010). In 2013, she was invited to present her research at the Classical Association Conference in Reading, UK and at the Modern Greek Studies Symposium in Bloomington, Indiana. She hopes to continue composing for a variety of ensembles, inspired by her Greek, South African and American experiences, and of course, her love for the theatre.
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Photo by Michael Mouyis