Lyndsey Bourne, Katie Brook & Sam Kaseta

Writer and Play Group resident Lyndsay Bourne is bringing the teenage dream – and nightmare – to the stage in I Was Unbecoming Then. This concert piece, with music by Sam Kaseta and under the direction of Katie Brook, follows twelve teenage choir girls (6 sopranos, 6 altos) as they navigate the everyday minefield of girlhood. I Was Unbecoming Then features an all-star ensemble of Ars Nova fan favorites, including Laura Dadap, Keyana Hemphill, Lucy Kaminsky, Haruna Lee, Erin Markey, Grace McLean, Susannah Perkins, Jessie Shelton, Maya Sharpe, Julia Sirna-Frest, Nedra Marie Taylor & Shannon Tyo.

DOORS @ 6:30PM | SHOW @ 7:30PM

Suggested Tix Price: $15

Tix to this show are Name Your Price starting at $5, meaning you decide what you pay! We pass on 100% of the single ticket revenue directly to the show’s lead artists, and give them an opportunity to suggest the ticket price that they’d prefer. You can learn more about What’s Ars Is Yours: Name Your Price Tix by visiting our How We Do It page.

I Was Unbecoming Then will stream live from Ars Nova on December 15 @ 7:30pm on Ars Nova Supra. Following the live stream, you’ll be able to watch the show on-demand for up to a year. Get a cancel-anytime $15/mo subscription to stream live or on-demand.

I Was Unbecoming Then was made with support from The NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre by the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment in association with The New York Foundation for the Arts


Lyndsey Bourne (she/they) is a Canadian playwright, teacher and doula. Her plays have been developed with La Mama, New Georges, Rattlestick, The Hearth, Ojai Playwrights Conference, New York Stage and Film, Ars Nova, Manhattan Theater Club and The Public. They are a member of the New Georges Jam, a 2022 New Georges Audrey Resident, A 2022 Writer in Residence at The Ojai Playwrights Conference, a member of the Obie award winning writers group EST/Youngblood, and a member of Ars Nova’s Play Group. Lyndsey teaches Writing and Devising for Performance at Playwrights Horizons Theater School (NYU). She is also a beekeeper at her community garden in Flatbush, Brooklyn. BFA NYU, MFA Brooklyn College (with Mac Wellman and Erin Courtney)

Katie Brook is an experimental theater director and producer. Notable directing credits include ISLANDER (Televiolet, HERE) The Cherry Orchard (Quantum Theatre, Pittsburgh), the serial audio play The MS Phoenix Rising (Playwrights Horizons), and Liza Birkenmeier’s Dr. Ride’s American Beach House (Ars Nova). Katie received her MFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama in 2012 and is currently a Lecturer in Directing at Tufts University’s School of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies. She is originally from Toronto, Canada.

Sam Kaseta (they/he) is a composer, sound designer, conductor, vocalist, and teacher. They grew up in central Connecticut and attended university at Princeton, where they graduated cum laude with a Bachelor in Arts in music, as well as certificates in theater and German. After moving to New York City in 2015, they began working as a composer, sound designer, and music director or music assistant at various venues, including Soho Rep., New Dramatists, The Tank, Frigid, The Players’ Theater, ART N.Y., Ars Nova, The Brick, Dixon Place, and many more. In 2019, they graduated from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Music, where they majored in concert composition and studied with Caroline Shaw and Joan La Barbara. Sam also performs as their drag king alter ego, Mr. Sam Bam Thankyoumaam.

This show will take place at Ars Nova, located at 511 W 54th Street, New York, NY 10019.

Seating is general admission and first-come first-served. So, the earlier you arrive at the theater, the more choice you’ll have about where you sit! (Bonus: cheapest drinks in Midtown are at Bars Nova!)

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Tix to this show are Name Your Price starting at $5, meaning you decide what you pay! Best of all, when you name your price, 100% of the single ticket revenue is passed on directly to the show’s lead artists! You can learn more about What’s Ars Is Yours: Name Your Price Tix by visiting our How We Do It page

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