In Gratitude

My colleagues and “champions.”

With special thanks to all those actors, poets, and music-makers that inspired me to compose, and still inspire the audiences who attend our work together. Without them - the messengers - no music gets heard, and no stories get told on stage.

Ben Krywosz

Ben Krywosz serves as Artistic Director of Nautilus Music Theater and faculty at Augsburg University.


James Jordan

Grammy™-nominated conductor James Jordan is an author, and founder of the Williamson Voices.


Tim Jerome

Tim Jerome is the Founder and CEO of Mainstreet Musicals


Deb Morrow

Deb Morrow is the Former Director of Education and Community Outreach, Central City Opera, and currently General Manager of the Arvada Chorale in Colorado.


Lauren Goldman Marshall

Lauren Goldman Marshall is an artist-mentor, playwright, lyricist, and librettist for “Abraham’s Land.”

Linda Weise

Linda Weise is the Founding CEO of the Colorado Springs Conservatory (CSC).


David Grabarkewitz

David Grabarkewitz is the former General Manager of El Paso Opera and Resident Stage Director, NYC Opera.


Elizabeth Bassine

Elizabeth Bassine is a lyricist and librettist, and has collaborated with Roger for over 10 years.


Paulette Haupt

Paulette Haupt is the producer of INNER VOICES, former Artistic Director, the O’Neill National Music Theater Center, a conductor, and a music director.


Dan Kehde

Dan Kehde was Roger’s first writer-collaborator. He is the Director of the Contemporary Youth Arts Company, playwright, lyricist, Librettist for “The Greatest Generation” and dear friend for nearly 5 decades.

Laura Harrington

Laura Harrington is an award-winning playwright, lyricist and librettist.


Frances C. Roberts

Frances C. Roberts has been a choral director, a founding conductor of four companies, a founding artistic director, a choral festival director and founder, and a pianist.


Matthew Mehaffey

Matthew Mehaffey is an American conductor at the Oratorio Society of Minnesota and educator at the University of Minnesota.


Jeffrey Gilden

Jeffrey Gilden is a writer, lyricist, librettist, artist-mentor, colleague, and collaborator on over 10 works for the music-theater stage.


Richard Brockman & Mirra Bank

Richard Brockman, playwright, and Mirra Bank, Director, have been longtime supporters of Roger’s work, in programming, developing and commissioning new pieces.

“The sweeping production so effectively conjures up the emotional reality of a mean and brutish 16th century that it literally takes your breath away.  Martin Guerre is a must-see. Laura Harrington and Roger Ames have given Hartford Stage a marvelously ambitious project”

- The Hartford Advocate