William Shishmanian 1609943822876

Will Shishmanian

Based in Queens • NYC


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My Story

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 (book by Calvin Kasulke), which was most recently performed at The Secret Theater in NYC, 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). 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 only). 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 a different light than they may have been conditioned to believe. He also produces music for other artists of varying genres and plays guitar, bass, piano, and occasionally trumpet as a session and live musician.

Sexual Orientation
iSexual orientation describes a person's enduring physical, romantic, and/or emotional attraction to another person.


Gender Identity
iOne’s internal, deeply held sense of gender. Some people identify completely with the gender they were assigned at birth (usually male or female), while others may identify with only a part of that gender, or not at all. Some people identify with another gender entirely. Unlike gender expression, gender identity is not visible to others.

Transgender man

iRacial identity is the qualitative meaning one ascribes to one’s racial group, whereas ethnic identity is a concept that refers to one’s sense of self as a member of an ethnic group. At their core, both constructs reflect an individual’s sense of self as a member of a group; however, racial identity integrates the impact of race and related factors, while ethnic identity is focused on ethnic and cultural factors. We celebrate our Keys’ intersectionality and understand that creating one’s racial/ethnic identity is a fluid and nonlinear process that varies for every person. Many folks will identify with more than one background while others will identify with a single group more broadly.



Composer, Lyricist, Book Writer

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