2023 Award Winner – Brandon James Gwinn
Ira Eaker Special Achievement Award
Brandon James Gwinn (he/they) is a Drama League nominated and Richard Rodgers Award winning composer-lyricist, performer, pianist and producer. A LiveNation artist, Brandon opened for Trixie Mattel’s North American Tour and appears in Moving Parts on Netflix. Solo albums: Bullit (Queer Global Arts Festival Winner), Not Too Late. Music producer: Two Birds & One Stone (Billboard #1) by Trixie Mattel, Love Fool by Alexis Michelle for Broadway Records. Theatre: The Seance Machine (The Tank, Obie-Award) TL;DR. Thelma Louise; Dyke Remix (Richard Rodgers Award, Rhinebeck Writer’s Retreat, UArts Polyphone Festival, O’Neill, NAMT), Cotton Candy & Cocaine (Theatre C), Queer.People.Time. (Catwalk Residency), Matchmaker Matchmaker, I’m Willing To Settle (A.R.T., NYMF) Small Town Story (Village Originals, Seattle. World Premiere: American Theatre Group) . Proud Recording Academy Grammy Voter and member of the Americana Music Association, the American Federation of Musicians and ASCAP. MFA NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Represented by WME.
About the Author
Sherry Eaker has been the producer of the annual Bistro Awards since the awards’ inception in 1985. She is the former editor of "Back Stage" and, during her 30-year run, produced panel discussions and workshop events on an ongoing basis, including the programming for Back Stage’s annual Actorfest. She compiled and edited four editions of the "Back Stage Handbook for Performing Artists," and compiled and edited "The Cabaret Artists Handbook." She is a member of the National Theatre Conference and the American Theatre Critics Association (and produced eight of ATCA’s New York weekend conferences). She is an advisor to the boards of both the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition.