Ernie Bird is an award-winning post-genre queer composer and interdisciplinary artist, born and raised in Ukraine. A 2023 Jonathan Larson Award finalist, his musical RISE, in collaboration with librettist Gabrielle Mirabella, had its Off-Broadway debut at the Kaufman Music Center in 2022. Bird & Mirabella also co-wrote the Women’s History musical audio drama What Will She Do Next?, featured on Apple Podcasts, the New York Times, Chicago-Sun Times, and endorsed by Common Sense Media. His autobiographical musical The Ukrainian War Diary was presented at the National Opera Center in 2023. His musical Sunday Brunch, co-written with Rachel Aberman, was showcased in the fall of 2023 at 54 Below and Green Room 42. After being awarded a full scholarship and the Departmental Fellowship, Ernie attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he received an MFA in Musical Theatre Composition. A Berklee College of Music alumnus, he is a Guest Composer at Columbia University School of the Arts, a Member Composer of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, and a Participating Composer at NYU’s Opera Lab (in association with American Opera Projects)

“Ernie Bird is an original, a gifted musical storyteller who writes bold and emotionally stirring compositions”
– Michael Wartofsky, Musical Theatre Writer (Car Talk: The Musical!!!)

“I have had the pleasure of getting to know Ernie Bird and his music for the past year. […] From listening to the very first notes, I knew Ernie’s musical voice could invoke character and string dramatic arcs in a special and unique way. Ernie brings both craft and instinct to each new piece, resulting in music theater that feels fresh and exciting.”
– Zach Redler, Composer