ADAM J. RINEER (they/he) is an NYC-based composer, lyricist, librettist, music director, pianist, orchestrator/arranger, queer scholar, and educator. Through creating and facilitating music in theatre, Adam tells stories that examine “otheredness”, queer social norms, and teach empathy accessibly through a wide range of music styles. They are constantly looking to bridge musical theatre and popular music by combining the theatricality that exists in both worlds.
Their musicals include The Naked Truth (The Green Room 42, The West End Lounge), Obscene, Lewd, Lascivious, and Filthy! (National Alliance for Musical Theatre 15-minute Musical Contest Winner, The Latest Draft Podcast), A Trip To The Moon (The Maas Building), Ghosted (2020 National Coming out Day Short Play Festival, featured at New York Musical Festival), Sick Moves! (or The Dancing Plague of 1518) (Temple University workshop production, and BrandedTM!.
Adam’s songs have been featured in “A Little New Music” (LA new musical theatre series) and New York Musical Festival concerts. They were a songwriter on the second season of the award-winning web series Merce, one of which POZ Magazine named the 2017 World Aids Day Anthem, and to the first season of Trust the Process, a musical mockumentary series produced by Exequtive Entertainment, LLC.
Adam’s work as a Music Director and Pianist has taken them all over the Northeast Region including TheatreWorks Hartford, Prima Theatre, Gretna Theatre, Interlakes Summer Theatre, and various NYC cabarets and concert performances. Additionally, they have held residencies at the Bay View Music Festival in Michigan and on Norwegian Cruise Lines as the music director for For The Record: The Brat Pack. Adam was scheduled to be the Associate Music Director for Goodspeed's production of South Pacific before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Adam is currently a doctoral student in composition at The Hartt School attending with a Hartt Talent Scholarship. They graduated from Temple University as part of the inaugural George and Joy Abbott Musical Theatre cohort with an M.F.A. in Musical Theatre Collaboration (Composer/Lyricist Concentration) as well as a Graduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. They graduated with a B.A. in Music (Performance Emphasis: Piano) from the Tell School of Music at Millersville University. Adam is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild, a founding member of Theatre Now New York's National Musical Writers Group, and a current member of Theatre Now's Musical Writer's Lab.