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About the Writers


Selda Sahin and Derek Gregor are an NYC-based writing team for the stage and screen. They wrote the original songs for the feature film “American Reject” (Keala Settle (“Greatest Showman”), Angelica Hale (“America’s Got Talent”), Rebecca Black, Annaleigh Ashford, Juvenile and Billy Ray Cyrus). Their musical “Modern” about a group of Amish teens on Rumspringa received development at Village Theatre in Seattle, ASCAP “Grow A Show” in Lincoln, Nebraska, the Stephen Schwartz Workshop in NYC and is scheduled for more development in 2021. Their film GRIND starring Anthony Rapp (“Rent”, “Star Trek”) and Claire Coffee (NBC’s “Grimm”) is streaming on Amazon. They’ve collaborated with premier artists including: Michael Cerveris (2-time Tony Award Winner), Rachel Dratch (SNL), Gabe Violett (The Voice), Michael Thomas Grant (Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist), Lea Salonga, Jeremy Jordan and Laura Bell Bundy. Selda and Derek have taught at universities around the world including NYU, Yale, University of Michigan, Princeton, UC Irvine, The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts among others. Derek is a recipient of a Richard Rogers award, a John Wallowitch award and a MAC award. His musical “Unlock’d” (New York Times- “gorgeous, transcendent”) received an extended Off-Broadway run at the Duke Theatre (2013). Selda was selected for the ASCAP Songwriters Collective.

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