Hi! I’m Laura Dadap.

 

I’m an actor-musician born and raised in NYC, currently residing in Sunnyside, Queens. My parents, both classical musicians who run a not for profit orchestra together, encouraged me to study an instrument as a child. After trying violin, guitar, and piano I finally landed on the cello which I trained in a pre-professional conservatory program until the age of 18.

 
 
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Laura doesn’t know where her music will lead her, but she’s more than willing to follow its lead.”

 
 

I went on to study voice at LaGuardia High School and later earned my BFA in Acting at Emerson College in Boston where I also was able to take classes at Berklee College of Music. Upon moving back to New York, I got to experience the rest of the country and far corners of the world on tour with Nickelodeon: Storytime Live! and The Voca People.

I’ve now picked up a few more instruments down the road (electric bass, glockenspiel, tambourine, thumb piano, and a vintage Hohner student accordion I’ve named “Wheezy”) and find my time most joyously spent workshopping new works for actor-musicians, riding my bike, in residency at Rockwood Music Hall with my band Macabre Americana, collaborating with other talented musicians, and making hot sauce with my husband.

 

flavorfully yours,

 
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News

 
 
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Tiny Desk Contest

April 13, 2019

Macabre Americana submitted a video for NPR’s 2019 Tiny Desk Contest.

“We build too many walls an not enough bridges.” - Isaac Newton

“Oscar” was born after a real conversation with a man who feared deportation after the 2016 US presidential election. It’s our anthem for all immigrants across this country: our nation was built on the backs of immigrants— and this song is as much of our love song for them as it is our battlecry for asylum seeker policy reform.


March 28, 2019

Check out MTF’s Agent 355 Jam Session in celebration of Women’s History Month.

The Culper Spy Ring famously helped George Washington win the American Revolution, but there's one secret they never revealed; the identity of their female member. Now, an all-female/TGNC punk-rock band will reveal the truth about the unknown woman that helped America's first spy ring "outwit them all." Challenging a history written by men, Agent 355 explores the loyalty, heritage, and courage of six real Revolutionary women whose stories, sacrifices, and secrets shaped the nation. These jam session songs are from the perspectives of historical figures such as Nathan Hale (Lauren Patten), Anna Smith Strong (Lauren Zakrin) and Sally Townsend (Laura Dadap).

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The Lobbyists at Joe’s Pub

The Lobbyists at Joe’s Pub

March 25, 2019

Laura joined The Lobbyists in their presentation of a concert of music from their new musical THE GOLDEN SPIKE, a collaboration with Don NguyenThe Golden Spike is the story of Sun Wu, a Chinese immigrant who worked on the Transcontinental Railroad thirteen years earlier who now finds himself trying to outrun the long arm of the law in hopes of reuniting with his wife and son. Weaving strong emotional narratives of Chinese and Irish immigrants of the railroad, The Golden Spike is a story of the pursuit of love, family, truth, and the sparkling light of equality under the otherwise dark shadow cast by the Chinese Exclusion Act.

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March 5, 2019

Laura was a part of a La Jolla Playhouse Sponsored presentation of Bhangin' It in NYC on March 4th and 5th. Bhangin' It, featuring a book by Rehana Lew Mirza and Mike Lew with music and lyrics by Sam Willmott, draws inspiration from the high-stakes world of intercollegiate competitive bhangra – a traditional Indian folk dance morphed into a good ole American dance-off. The story follows a biracial student, Mary, who gets kicked off her bhangra team for not being "Indian enough." When she forms a team of her own, cultural authenticity and cultural pluralism are set on a collision course in this brash, intoxicating and gripping new musical.