Grace Oberhofer is a Tacoma, WA native and a Tufts University graduate (B.A. Music, minor in Italian studies, summa cum laude) who currently lives in Brooklyn, where she works as a composer, performer, sound designer, and music director.
Growing up in Tacoma, Grace was able to take advantage of any and all creative avenues. She was lucky enough to attend the Tacoma School of the Arts for high school, where she had a split concentration in vocal performance and songwriting/audio recording. Her love of composition stemmed from her work at TSOTA, and she continued to pursue both performance and composition throughout her college education. While at Tufts, Grace took advantage of every artistic opportunity possible, collaborating as a performer, composer, sound designer and writer with the Tufts Department of Drama and Dance, the Tufts Opera Ensemble, Pen, Paint & Pretzels, Bare Bodkin Theatre Co., Torn Ticket II, and Hype! Mime Troupe, among others. She was also able to participate in the Tufts Summer Scholars program thanks to the generous support of the Schwartz-Paddock Family Fellowship. During her junior year, she won the Tishler Award for her performance in classical voice, and in her senior year she received the Mabel Daniels Prize in Music and Literature for her thesis, the first iteration of A Doll’s House: A New Opera.
Since moving to Brooklyn, she has worked in various capacities with the Adirondack Theater Festival, Two-By-For Productions, Gloucester Stage Company, Everyday Inferno Theater Company, Fresh Ground Pepper, and HERE, among others. Current compositional projects include the musical After I Was Free (with author Caroline Angell), previewed at Dixon's Place in NYC, the musical Hot Cross Buns (with playwright Julia Izumi), presented at Corkscrew Theater Festival 2017, and A Doll’s House: A New Opera (with director Allison Benko), showcased in concert at both The Tank in NYC and Central Square Theater in Boston. Grace also recently completed her second year of the BMI Musical Theater Workshop. Her choral play trilogy ICONS/IDOLS (with playwright Helen Banner and director Colette Robert), was presented at the 2016 New Ohio Ice Factory Festival, and recently received the 2017 Opera America Discovery Grant.
Based on the play by Henrik Ibsen
Composed by Grace Oberhofer
Directed by Allison Benko
Produced by Juan C. Monetmayor Elosua
"The door slam heard around the world."
Nora Helmer's domestic life honors manipulation over authenticity, but she is forced to find her own voice when the masquerade ends.
This new operatic adaptation of Ibsen's play follows the structure of its source material, but uses music as an extension of Nora's gilded cage. Ultimately, her musical confines must unravel.
Book and Lyrics by Helen Banner
Composed by Grace Oberhofer
Directed by Colette Robert
The Byzantine Choral Project is a dynamic collaboration between playwright Helen Banner, composer Grace Oberhofer and director Colette Robert to make theater using women’s voices. Inspired by the Byzantine Empresses Irene, Maria, and Euphrosyne, they are creating work that showcases the radical power of strong, diverse women singing on stage and explores the importance of imagery, representation and iconoclasm in classical and contemporary life.
The first choral play, ICONS/IDOLS: IRENE, was presented as part of Ice Factory Festival 2016 in NYC.
for more information: www.byzantinechoralproject.com
Book and Lyrics by Caroline Angell
Music by Grace Oberhofer
Developed through Everyday Inferno Theatre Company
The beautiful Susanna is cornered by two elders of the town while bathing naked in her garden. They offer her an impossible choice: submit to their desires, or resist and face slander and public trial. Her decision, and the repercussions that follow, sets the stage for a powerful and unnervingly contemporary examination of slut-shaming, rape culture, and the exploitation of women’s sexuality in popular media.
After I Was Free was presented as an in-progress workshop through Everyday Inferno Company at Dixon’s Place in NYC.
Book and Lyrics by Julia Izumi
Music and Lyrics by Grace Oberhofer
Developed by Corkscrew Theater Festival
Welcome to Bunny Isle, home to the happiest bunnies! And when they are at their happiest moment in life they do the only thing that makes sense: they end it. For why end your life sadly when you can choose to end it happily?
Speaking of good lives, pop superstar bunny, Mayda, definitely has it all. So when her popstar bunny boyfriend, Duane, proposes to her, she says yes. And when he proposes to be crushed by carrots at their wedding, she says…”Okay?” But on the day, she has very, very last minute regrets, leaving Duane to die alone. Her presiding will to live leads to more than she could have nightmare-d.
Spring 2017 Women of the Year
WEBroadway to Celebrate Female Songwriters with ‘NOTEWORTHY’ at the D-Lounge
Undercover Latinas | So sketch (featured extra)
The Official ~THINX 2016 Holiday Gift Guide~, featuring Bitch Carols (featured vocalist)
Grace Oberhofer; song and interview
Silver Belles: Celebrate 25 Highly Theatrical Years. Artists Announced! (featured composer)
After I Was Free Interview: Grace Oberhofer
Rachel Christiansen and The Brewing Dept. Present MEET MURASAKI SHIKIBU FOLLOWED BY BOOK SIGNING, AND OTHER THINGS
Ryan Hudak interviews Helen Banner, Grace Oberhofer and Colette Robert on ICONS/IDOLS, as presented by the New Ohio as parts of Ice Factory 2016
The Ice Factory Festival Kicks Off Today: The Obie-winning event returns to the New Ohio Theatre Off-Broadway