Ernie Bird is a composer, musical theatre writer, audio engineer and performer living in New York City. His upcoming musical podcast, What Will She Do Next?, will be released in August 2020. His musical based on Jack and Jill nursery rhyme, RISE, with a book & lyrics by Gabrielle Mirabella, will be produced by the Theatre Now New York as part of the Sound Bites Festival. Several songs from his musical, Dotted Line, premiered at Berklee Performance Center in March 2017, became the winner of the Curtain Up Musical Theatre Songwriting Competition, and the semi-finalist of the International Songwriting Competition. Ernie Bird received an M.F.A. degree at New York University’s Tisch School of The Arts, Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, with a full scholarship. He wrote and composed for two theses-musicals: Return to Grace, with a book by Gabrielle Mirabella, and lyrics by Jessie Field; and Soroka, with a book and lyrics by Trinity Chen. Ernie received a B.M. degree at Berklee College of Music, double majoring in Music Production & Engineering and Music Management, with a half-tuition scholarship and yearly achievement awards. He has more than 6 years of experience in audio engineering and live sound. As an actor, he officially recorded voice-overs for Goofy Movie (Max), Hercules, Bad Teacher, and others into Ukrainian. His musical theatre acting experience includes Legally Blonde, Cabaret, Midsummer Night’s Dream (BPC, Boston). Accolades for Ernie Bird include the International Songwriting Competition finalist award (2012), and semi-finalist awards (2013, 2017, 2018), Curtain Up Musical Theatre Songwriting Competition awards (2017, 2020), International Folk Festival Award (Boston, 2015) and over 15 international and European vocal competition laureate awards. He is a proud member of Dramatist Guild.
“I heard a song from his musical Dotted Line, and it was extremely exciting, it was nothing like anyone else was doing. […] Dotted Line will be very interesting for an American audience for many reasons. Fist of all, it’s a big bold story, almost like a Greek tragedy, so it is very dramatic in that way. And then the specifics Ukrainian history, and Soviet history, and the way that it affects the individual stories of the characters, and the way the personal choices are made based on the political movements of the time, relates directly to what we’re going through here in the United States. […] Dotted Line is very promising, […] I’ve heard several songs and they are fantastic, they’re very moving. […] I can’t wait to see what it becomes.”
– MICHAEL WARTOFSKY, MUSICAL THEATRE WRITER (CAR TALK: THE MUSICAL!!!, CUPKAKE)
“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