David Quang Pham is a musical theater science communicator who writes science musicals, consults on stories that explore STEM, and interviews out-of-the-world musical writers. Be up to lightspeed at davidquang.com
David Quang Pham is a musical theater science communicator. He writes science musicals and consults on stories that explore STEM. His notable musicals personifying astrophysics, quantum mechanics, and botany are respectively:: ELLIPSES (2023 Musical Theatre Factory, SigSpace Concert, Signature Theatre; 2023 MilkyWay Theatre Company, Industry Reading, Theatre 71; 2022 Colorado New Musical Festival; 2022 Eugene O'Neill Theater Center semifinalist), TOUR (2020 Downtown Urban Arts Festival finalist), and TURNOVER: A NEW LEAF (2024 Queer Theatre Kalamazoo). MilkyWay Theatre Company produced a sold-out industry reading of ELLIPSES in Theatre 71 at Blessed Sacrament during their 2023 Off-Broadway New Works Festival.
After completing an astrophysics and theatre education at Michigan State University, he studied playwriting as the 2020-2021 New Play and Dramaturgy Apprentice of Working Title Playwrights, Atlanta. He was the 2021-2022 Literary Fellow of Playwrights Foundation, San Francisco. Composer Janelle Lawrence mentors him, helping to forge his broad range of musical styles including pop, punk, tango, and quan họ. His moonbase is in Washington Heights. His earth is in Wyoming, Michigan. Be up to lightspeed at davidquang.com
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Interview with David Quang Pham
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: A musical for a few years since I was in electrostatics II.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Particle physics.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. Less noise.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A satellite phone, a GPS locator, a fishing rod, a water purifier, and some seeds.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have long dreamed to be a science communicator in any kind of medium. Musical full time by the end of 2017.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Absent of reprises.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Jazz as a former student in all things jazz, ska for my hometown preference, and choral because it is enlightening.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I am not perfect in anything in particular, so I will explain like derivatives in calculus: Underlying, if I am willing to learn and be at least good at it, I will.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: An investigative insight on science-based musicals.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Three words: no sleep ing.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: As a dramaturge, I would assist in the research of a field writers or songwriters are storytelling for. As a musical dramatist, I make way as a composer and lyricist.