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Static: Noise of a New Musical


Tess Rowan


Set in Duncannon, PA on the Appalachian Trail



Began writing at age 14


WTOP Top Kid Award ('20)

Capital Fringe Festival ('22)

An original adventure musical with a radio blend of musical theater, rock, folk, and immersive morse code clues. 


Show History:

Tess Rowan began writing Static in eighth grade at 14 years old.

In 2020, she joined @staticmusical on social media and shared her original music publicly for the first time. Shortly after winning the

first-ever WTOP Top Kid Award for her work on Static during the

COVID-19 pandemic, Tess began fundraising and also created two virtual #staticsingers and #staticsingersreprise musical theater TikTok contests. Additionally, Tess performed Static in multiple international virtual charity concerts, such as Save the Arts and Lockdown Live.

Static was featured in Thornhill Theatre Space's New Musical November showcase. “Whatta World” (2021) and “Tell Me How” (2022) from

Static: Noise of a New Musical are available at Tess Rowan on all streaming platforms. At 17-years-old, Tess Rowan directed the world premiere of Static in the 17th year of the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, DC, where Static won Best Musical and Best Ensemble. Static will have a workshop at  Flying V Theatre in the summer of 2023.

7/20/22 - Static Featured in Washington City Paper
"Five Women-Created Shows to See at the Capital Fringe Festival."

7/17/22 -
WTOP Interview (Article, 2022)
"WTOP Top Kid premiers her first musical at Capital Fringe Festival."

7/17/22 -
WTOP Interview (Radio Segment, 2022)
"WTOP Top Kid premiers her first musical at Capital Fringe Festival."

7/15/22-7/24/22 - Show Page on Theatre Washington
Static: Noise of a New Musical production dates and details.

7/13/22 - NBC4 Washington - The Scene
Visit the article here, or watch the TV interview with Tess Rowan here

7/13/22 - Georgetowner "Capital Fringe Festival Comes to Georgetown Park"
"Playwright Tess Rowan, at 17-years-old, is the youngest of the playwrights."

7/7/22 - Washington Post Summer Events
"The best things to do in the D.C. area the week of July 7-13..."

7/7/22 - "Everything You Need To Know About The Return Of Capital Fringe" 
Fringe production breakdown, featuring Static.

7/3/22 - Static: Noise of a New Musical in BroadwayWorld
"17-Year-Old Writes/Directs Musical At 17th Year Of Capital Fringe."

6/30/22 -  "New Theatre in Dystopia: Capital Fringe"
“We have a show a 17-year-old wrote, ‘Static: Noise of a New Musical,’
 about a family in Appalachia going through trials and tribulations and the songs sound pretty good,” - Julianne Brieza, Founding Director of Capital Fringe

6/21/22 - Interview with Capital Fringe Founder
Julianne Brienza talks about DC, Capital Fringe, and featured productions.

6/5/21 - Thornhill Theatre Space Interview

Static Cast Album and First Music Release Announcement.

2/8/21 - 
Interview in the Give it Some Zazz Podcast
Tess Rowan is interviewed in Episode 2 to discuss Static.​

1/17/21 - Discussing Static: Noise of a New Musical
Harry Brogan introduced Static and talks about Tess's inspiration and the current development of the show. 

1/8/21 - 12 ways COVID changed school and education for the better
"Tess Rowan, a Virginia teen who wrote a musical then took to IndieGoGo to rustle up funding to produce it on a real stage.."

12/4/20 - Interview in Story of Tonight Magazine
Learn about Static & Tess's writing process

11/11/20 - New Musical November Announcement on BroadwayWorld 
New Musical November's Season 1 Lineup and info on the shows.
9/25/20 - Fairfax County Times Article
"Fifteen-year-old playwright works to bring original musical to life amidst COVID restrictions"

9/23/20 - Northern Virginia Management Updates
"Tess Rowan Of Great Falls Writes Musical During Pandemic."

9/18/20 - WTOP F.M. Radio Interview 
Tess was named the first-ever WTOP Top Kid for her work in Static: Noise of a New Musical. 
9/17/20 - "WTOP Top Kid: Great Falls teen writes play during pandemic"
She is making a difference through her passion for theater."


2/25/21 - Lockdown Live (February)
Broadway and West End actors and musicians performed in this concert that included two songs from Static.

1/2/21 - Auggie Fundraising Concert
This musical concert was put on to raise money to help Auggie, a dog with epilepsy that needed medical support. 
11/28/20 - Save the Arts Returns
Concert for Acting for Others  Charity that included a variety of theatrical performances, including music from Static. 

11/27/20 - Thornhill Theatre Space Static Showcase
Static was featured in Thornhill Theatre Space's New Musical November in this Facebook Live.

11/25/20 - Lockdown Live
Charity Concert for  All Out, an LGBTQIA+ charity with several performances from new musicals. 

10/17/20 - Save the Arts Charity Concert
Save the Arts was a concert to support The Actors Fund. Selections from Static were performed alongside other acts.

8/7/20 - Digital Singer-Songwriter Performance
As a camper in Stagedoor Manor, Tess was selected to be apart of the Stagedor Manor Singer-Songwriter and Camper Showcase.


Stay Updated

Follow the Static World Premiere Production on social media and at the Static 2022 Webpage.

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