Anne Nygren Doherty is the Artistic Director of Not Quite Opera Productions, one of a handful of companies in the US dedicated solely to the development of original musical theater. At The Alcove Theater – NQO’s home base – she develops, directs, produces and stages original musical theater productions, many by emerging Bay Area writers and composers. She conducts monthly workshops on musical theater – now serving 45 writers – and has developed a partnership between NQO and the Academy for New Musical Theater in LA. She also directs a bi-annual cabaret of original songs by Bay Area writers and composers of musical theater. Once the protegee of legendary Broadway lyricist and composer, Bob Merrill, she is the writer/composer of the long-running hit Absolutely San Francisco, which payed 130 performances at Alcove. In a wide ranging career which began as an actress, appearing as Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the first season of Shakespeare and Company in Massachusetts, she has worked as a writer, director, composer and dramaturge and has worked with luminaries such as John Belushi, William Petersen, John Malkovich, Richard Dreyfus, Tony Award winning director Frank Galati, Tony Award winner Jayne Atkinson, and Pulitzer Prize winner Milan Stitt, Her plays – including the award winning Lead Birds – have been produced in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.