Composer Yuriko Shibata, Book & Lyrics Andrew Strano


Skin is a contemporary musical for 6 actors set in Geraldton, a town on the coast of Western Australia.... an elemental, impressionistic, and painful examination of entanglement, and the damage that keeping secrets can do.


Home Grown Musical Theatre, Chapel Off Chapel

Production Global Forms Theatre Festival, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Off-Broadway
Semi-Finalist O'Neill Theatre National Music Theatre Conference
Semi-Finalist New Works, New Voices, Syracuse University

Selection The Songs and Voices of Australia, the Greenroom 42, Australian Theatre Festival NYC, 2021
Concert The Songs of SKIN, FirstLive Brooklyn
Selection New York Foundation for the Arts City Artist Corps

Selection Tin Pan Alley 2
Featured The Latest Draft Podcast

Originally written at the NYU Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.


SKIN was workshopped and presented in a sold-out season as a part of the 2022 Global Forms Theatre Festival at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre.

Composer & Arranger Yuriko Shibata
Book & Lyrics Andrew Strano
Director Genevieve Wilson
Musical Director Robbie Cowan
Choreographer Mandarin Wu
Lighting Designer Bailey Costa
Costume & Set Designer Lukas Wassman
Sound Designer Sean Ramos

Cath Lynn Craig
Siobh Mariah Lotz
Ed Ben McHugh
Cate Sara James
Heather Hannah Bailey
Eddie Brenton Cosier

Stage Managemer Abbey Howard
Assistant Stage Manager Andrew Kasper

Keys Robbie Cowan
Bass Nya Holmes
Guitar Zachary Larson
Percussion Morgan Parker


When Cath (she/her), her husband Ed (he/him) and their adult child Siobh (they/them) are cleaning out their old house, memories begin to wash over them like waves, threatening to expose the secrets Cath and Ed have held tight to their chests for years.
25 years ago Cath, Ed, and Heather were best friends... until Cath and Heather fell for each other... got so tangled up in one another, that they lost where one ends and the other begins.
It tore whole parts of Cath away when Heather left her.
But Cath kept all of this hidden from Siobh.
Siobh, who grew up queer. Siobh whose relationship with their mother’s always been so fraught. Siobh, who discovers old photos, forcing Cath to confront the truth of their history, and face the ways it’s still hurting all three of them.
The musical flows back and forth between the present and the past, the tide slowly retreating, leaving everyone exposed.


"Come With Me" from SKIN
Performed live at the Australian Theatre Company NYC Cabaret 2021
Vocals: Andrew Strano, Piano: Isaac Heyward

Image Credit Matt Davies