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About the Writers


Selda Sahin and Derek Gregor are an Emmy Award-winning songwriting team for 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 is in development for an NYC production. Their film GRIND starring Anthony Rapp (“Rent”, “Star Trek”) and Claire Coffee (NBC’s “Grimm”) streams on Amazon. In addition to collaborating regularly with GRAMMY, OSCAR and TONY award-winning artists, 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 admistered by the Academy of Arts and Letters, a John Wallowitch award and a MAC award. His musical “Unlock’d” (“gorgeous, transcendent” -New York Times) received an extended Off-Broadway run at the Duke Theatre on 42nd street. Selda is a member of the ASCAP Songwriters Collective in LA and Nashville. She has been recognized by the Nashville Songwriters Association as an "extraordinary talent."

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