Will Shishmanian is a musical theater composer/lyricist, singer/songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist based in Queens, NY. He wrote the music and lyrics for Addy & Dahlia: A Fairytale Musical, and is currently writing music, lyrics and book for The Regulars: A Folk Musical (developed with Miss Hazel Jade), and Reign: A Rock Opera (with Anessa Marie and Miss Hazel Jade). His solo music is available on streaming platforms under the artist name “Will Shish”, including Steps (LP, 2017), Moonlight (single, 2020), and To the Corner and Back (EP, 2015 available on Bandcamp).
As a transgender man, Shishmanian focuses his theater work on projects that critique social inequalities and help guide people to understand gender and identity in new ways. He also produces music for other artists of varying genres and plays guitar, bass, piano, and occasionally trumpet as a session and live musician. He also writes instrumental music, and has worked on podcast themes and film scores.