Raised in the green mountains of Vermont, Shaina Taub is a New York-based songwriter and performer. She is an Artist-in-Residence at the Public Theater and a signed artist with Atlantic Records.
As a songwriter, she is a winner of the Kleban Prize, the Jonathan Larson Grant, the Fred Ebb Award, the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award, the MAC John Wallowitch Award and was the ASCAP Foundation's Lucille and Jack Yellen Award. She has written songs for Sesame Street and the theme song for Julie Andrews' Netflix series Julie's Greenroom. She co-wrote the opening number for the 2018 Tony Awards, for which she and her collaborators Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban were nominated for an Emmy Award. Her songs have been performed across the country by Broadway stars such as Sutton Foster, Audra McDonald and Phillipa Soo. She has released two independent albums, Visitors and Die Happy, and she has an ongoing concert residency at Joe’s Pub. Her concert work also includes a solo debut in Lincoln Center’s acclaimed American Songbook series and playing her music with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall.
Taub's original musical adaptations of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and As You Like It were commissioned by the Public Theater as part of their groundbreaking Public Works initiative, and both received critically acclaimed productions at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park in which she also starred. The original cast album of her Drama Desk nominated score for Twelfth Night was released by Craft Recordings, and both of her Shakespeare musicals have gone on to be produced by Seattle Repertory Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, the National Theatre in London and many schools and communities around the world. They are currently available for worldwide licensing through Concord Theatricals.
Taub is currently writing Suffragist, a new musical about Alice Paul and the American women's suffrage movement in the decade leading up to the passage of the 19th amendment. She’s also writing lyrics for the upcoming Broadway musical The Devil Wears Prada, with music by Sir Elton John.
As a performer, Taub has traveled the world as a vocalist, actor and musician. She starred in the west coast premiere and New York re-mounting of the Signature Theatre's hit production Old Hats, created by Bill Irwin and David Shiner and directed by Tina Landau, featuring Taub's original songs. She earned a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for her portrayal of Princess Mary in the Off-Broadway production of Dave Malloy's Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 directed by Rachel Chavkin. She sang back-up for Karen O and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs in O's psycho-opera, Stop The Virgens (St. Ann's Warehouse and the Sydney Opera House); appeared in the original Off-Broadway cast of Anais Mitchell's Hadestown (New York Theatre Workshop and the live cast album); and played the role of Emma Goldman in the Ragtime on Ellis Island concert.
A fellow of the MacDowell Colony, the Yaddo Colony, the Sundance Institute and the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project, Taub serves on the Dramatists Guild Council, and is an alum of NYU’S Tisch School of the Arts. She is a proud member of the Resistance Revival Chorus and is an NYCLU Ambassador.