an opera about Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs
US Poet Laureate
Creator of Plan Of The City

Composer Judd Greenstein
Librettist Tracy K Smith
Choreographer Will Rawls
Director and Animation Designer Joshua Frankel

Music performed by NOW Ensemble
Music Director David Bloom

With Choreography by Will Rawls

Technology Design Fubbi Karlsson, Seth Kirby
Production Design Andrea Lauer
Set Design David Ogle
Lighting Design Robert Bloom
Video Design Phil Gulley

Produced by 3-Legged Dog
Executive Producer Kevin Cunningham
Co-Produced by New Amsterdam Presents
Associate Producers Emma Katz, Tricia Ross

Education Program Director Danielle Durchslag

Advisory Committee
Carlos Arnaiz, Founder and Principal, Carlos Arnaiz Architects
Eugenie C. Cowan, Founder and Chairwoman, Exploring the Metropolis
Karrie Jacobs, Contributing Editor, Architect Magazine
Peter Laurence, Author of Becoming Jane Jacobs, (2016, University of Pennsylvania Press)
Tanu Kumar, Senior Planner for Economic Development, Pratt Center for Community Development
Peter L'Offical, Fellow at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University
Macky McCleary, Director, Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation, Harvard Kennedy School
Elihu Rubin, Assistant Professor, Yale School of Architecture

More information about our team will be announced soon!


Judd Greenstein, composer

Judd Greenstein is a Brooklyn-based composer of structurally complex, viscerally engaging works for varied instrumentation. His work has been heard at venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, Amsterdam's Musiekgebouw, the Bang on a Can Marathon, and the MusicNOW festival; recent commissions include those from the Minnesota Orchestra, the Alabama Symphony, the Claremont Trio, ETHEL, yMusic, and Roomful of Teeth. Current projects include a song cycle for vocalist DM Stith and orchestra, and an opera with director Joshua Frankel and poet Tracy K. Smith.

In addition to his work as a composer, Judd is active as a promoter of new music in New York and around the country. He is the co-director of New Amsterdam Records/New Amsterdam Presents, an artists' service organization that supports musicians whose work is open to all influence, regardless of genre. He is the curator of the Ecstatic Music Festival in New York's Merkin Hall, an annual showcase of new collaborative concerts between artists from different musical backgrounds, and he is a founding member of NOW Ensemble, a performer/composer collective that develops new chamber music for their idiosyncratic instrumentation of flute, clarinet, electric guitar, double bass, and piano. Judd has studied at the Tanglewood Music Center and the Bang on a Can Summer Institute and holds degrees from Williams College, the Yale School of Music, and Princeton University.

Tracy K Smith, librettist

Tracy K. Smith is the current US Poet Laureate. She is the author of three books of poetry: Life on Mars, which received the Pulitzer Prize; Duende, recipient of the 2006 James Laughlin Award, and The Body's Question, which won the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. She has also been the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Award, a Whiting Writers' Award, an Essence Magazine Literary Award, and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University. She is professor of Creative Writing at Princeton University.

Joshua Frankel, director and animation designer

Joshua Frankel is a director, animator and visual artist whose work responds to the urban environment with a boyish sense of wonder, an idiosyncratic eye for detail, and a conceptual and aesthetic interest in the act of collage.

His most recent film, Plan Of The City, combined animation with live action footage to tell a story of buildings blasting off into space and resettling on Mars; it was called "One of the best matches of visuals to music I've seen" by Anne Midgette of The Washington Post and "Gorgeous" by Alex Ross of The New Yorker.

Frankel has also created over twelve thousand square feet of public murals in collaboration with his wife, Eve Biddle, designed projections for musicals at Lincoln Center and on Broadway, and directed YouTube videos commissioned by President Obama's 2008 campaign.

His work has been presented recently at institutions including BAM, the London Institute of Contemporary Art, The New Museum's IDEAS CITY, the Museum of Public Art in Sweden, the Annecy International Festival of Animation and the recent UN World Urban Forum.

NOW Ensemble

NOW Ensemble is a dynamic group of performers and composers dedicated to making new chamber music for the 21st century. With a unique instrumentation of flute, clarinet, electric guitar, double bass, and piano, the ensemble brings a fresh sound and a new perspective to the classical tradition, infused with the musical influences that reflect the diverse backgrounds of its members. The group has traveled to the Apples and Olives Festival in Zurich, Switzerland, Town Hall Seattle, Da Camera Houston, the Lincoln Center Atrium, and the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert series.

David Bloom, music director

David Bloom is founding co-artistic director of Contemporaneous. A devoted advocate for new music, he has conducted over 120 world premieres from Carnegie Hall to a New Orleans street corner and has worked with such artists as David Byrne, Courtney Love, Donnacha Dennehy, Dawn Upshaw, and Julia Wolfe. Along with Contemporaneous, he is in residence at his alma mater, Bard College.

Will Rawls, choreographer

Will Rawls is a choreographer, performer and writer based in New York City. He was a 2013 MacDowell Colony Fellow and is a recipient of a 2015 Grant from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts.

Andrea Lauer, production designer

Andrea Lauer is a costume/set designer and multimedia artist. She is founder of Risen from the Thread, an experiential design firm that specializes in wearable/fashion technology. Clients range from MIT's Biomechatronics lab to Levi's. Recent credits include STREB's: Forces and the London Cultural Olympics; Broadway: American Idiot, Bring It On. Off Broadway: Brooklynite, What's It's All About, Murder for Two among other theatre, dance, and opera productions in New York City and around the world. Recent Stylist/Design credits include: Rolling Stone, Vogue, Interview, OUT Magazine and The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards. Honors includes: A. Bahkrushin Museum in Moscow, Russia: Costume Design at The Turn of the Century: 1990-2015, awarded in 2015, Prague Quadrennial 2014, NAACP Theatre Award Nominee 2013, and Baryshnikov Fellowship 2011.

Robert Bloom, lighting designer

Robert Bloom is a lighting designer, production designer, and photographer. Recent credits include Dave Chappell at Radio City Music Hall and various shows on tour with The Roots. He has had the pleasure to create visual experiences in a wide variety of cultural institutions including The Metropolitan Opera House, The Apollo Theater, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, and The American Museum of Natural History. Recent architectural credits include the restaurants Olmsted and The John Lamb, and studios for 305 Fitness. He holds a BFA in theater from The Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. A selection of his work can be seen here.