2013-14: DANNY BERNSTEIN, B.A. '14 candidate in music and theatre.
Danny Bernstein '14, a composer, playwright, pianist, musical director and actor, was born and raised in Westchester County, N.Y. He has been involved with musical theater since age 9, performing in community and high school productions and attending Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Camp for three summers, winning their Dramafest playwriting competition twice.
Despite his original intention to study music and psychology at Cornell, Bernstein became very involved in the theater community, twice winning the Heermans-McCalmon Dramatic Writing competition with his plays “Waking Up” and “Keys;” directing two musicals, “Lucky Stiff” and “Avenue Q,” and music directing “Elegies: A Song Cycle,” a Schwartz mainstage production, by the end of his sophomore year. He has since been director or music director on several other musicals, including “Bat Boy: The Musical,” “The Last Five Years” and “Company.” He has been composing musical theatre songs since high school, and first showcased his original music in a cabaret he wrote, “Great Story, Tell it Again!” which premiered in Risley Theatre in September 2012.
CONVERSATION + AWARD PRESENTATION: DANNY BERNSTEIN '14
April 24, 2014 at 5 p.m. -- Class of ’56 Flexible Theatre, Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts
The Cornell Undergraduate Artist of the Year Award 13-14 presentation will feature Danny Bernstein in conversation with his faculty adviser, professor of theater Bruce Levitt, professor in Performing and Media Arts. The presentation will be followed by the 7:30 p.m. debut of “Far From Canterbury," Danny Bernstein's re-imagined telling of “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” from Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales.” The show will have four performances, April 24-26 in the Schwartz Center’s Class of ’56 Flexible Theatre, presented by the Department of Performing and Media Arts.
Cornell Chronicle - March 19, 2014 - Playwright Bernstein '14 receives campus, national honors