first musical, Women in Love, based on the novel by D.H. Lawrence co-written with book writer/lyricist Meredith Stiehm (executive producer of the t.v. show,  Cold Case), had readings at the Pacific Resident Theatre and the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles and was finalist in the Chicago Stages 2003 competition.

Before Sandy discovered the world of musical theatre, she produced an album of Affirmation Songs, which was highly acclaimed by reviewers,  individuals and therapists.

Earlier in her career, Sandy was a singer/songwriter.  She has published Songs for Language Learning and Songs for Sound Learning.  She also wrote songs for to promote children’s self esteem, which were piloted in the San Marino Schools. 

Sandy’s lyrics were included in an oratorio, entitled “Women of Valor,” by composer Andrea Clearfield, which has had international performances, and has been published by Oxford University Press.    She is a two-time winner of the Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles’s composer’s competition and a two time recipient of an ASCAPLUS award.

Organizations to which she belongs include:  ASCAP, The Dramatist Guild and The Academy for New Musical Theatre.

Sandy resides with her husband, Bill Lasarow, (publisher and editor of ArtScene Magazine and of, and her daughter,  Eliana.

a  Bio

SANDY SHANIN, composer/songwriter  has written music in a variety of genres.  Most recently, she has focused in the area of musical theatre.  Sandy has written four musicals, including, Shaharazad: Heads or Tales,  The Spark:  Hannah Senesh,  Women in Love , and  Ohio.

Her current work, The Spark, The Story of Hannah Senesh, was a finalist in the 2009 O’Neill National Music Theatre Conference and in the Chicago Stages 2009 Festival.   The show was invited to open for Theatre Building Chicago’s Monday Night Musicals Series.

The musical, Shahrazad:  Heads or Tales, also written in collaboration with lyricist/book writer, Noelle Donfeld and with bookwriter Stephen Oles had a reading in London at the Covent Garden Theatre, sponsored by the Noel Coward Foundation and Mercury Musicals.  Shahrazad:  Heads or Tales was a finalist in the Chicago Stages 2007 Festival.  Ms. Shanin’s