On a normal day, Gibney’s 23 studios are a bustling artistic nexus. We love walking down the hallway and seeing different artists, different projects, and different communities making each space their own. We are missing that feeling, and want to find a way to share it with you.
We’ve asked a group of renters whose rehearsals, showings, workshops, and events have been postponed or suspended to give us a glimpse of what they’re working on, share the ways we can support them right now, and tell us what the first thing they’ll do is once they’re back in the studio.
The first thing we’ll do? Close our eyes, feel the floor supporting us, and take a deep breath of gratitude.
RENTER SPOTLIGHT: MUSA HITOMI
“I miss that warm atmosphere, and nice and wide space to jump around.”
Who are you?
Musa Hitomi is an actor, singer and dancer/choreographer based in NYC. Originally from Tokyo, Japan. Musa spent five years as a member of the SHIKI theatre Company. She played Martha in the first Japanese production of Spring Awakening, directed by Broadway veteran JoAnn M Hunter. As a member of SHIKI, her credits included CATS(Jemima), West Side Story(Francisca) and Mamma Mia. She participated in about 1000 performances with the company.
Since moving to New York City in 2013, she has performed in numerous regional productions including Avenue Q(Christmas Eve), A Chorus Line(Connie), West Side Story(Teresita/Dream Maria), Present Perfect(Kiko), Miss Saigon, White Christmas, and The Little Mermaid. In 2019, she went on a national tour with A Charlie Brown Christmas as Snoopy.
She was a member of the original cast of Siren’s Den: A Rock Musical; premiered Off-Broadway at the Gene Frankel Theatre, as well as the Laurie Beechman Theatre.
Musa is known for her dynamic expression, versatility, and passionate dedication to her craft. She has also worked as a choreographer for Gilgamesh: A Musical Epic, produced by Invisible Wall Productions.
Aside from musical theatre, Musa is a lover of trees and nature, and relishes the chance to work in productions that take her to new places where she can explore the great outdoors. She loves to cook and host dinners and is known amongst her friends and colleagues for her positivity and sunny disposition.
Currently she is developing a new off-broadway musical Poupelle of Chimney Town, based on the best-selling Japanese picture book of the same name, written by Akihiro Nishino. We will launch off broadway in 2021.
What are you most looking forward to about being back in the studio?
I love Gibney’s studios so much. I miss that warm atmosphere, and nice and wide space to jump around.