Alan is a natural born pianist and composer. He started playing and writing out of the clear blue at 4 yrs.old. Through early life he concentrated on classical performance under the guidance of Slava Rostropovich, He later went on to study film scoring at Berklee College of Music and Harvard, where he was bitten by the musical theater bug and hasn't looked back. An alum of the Lehman Engel Advanced Musical Theater Workshop at BMI, he met collaborator Jenne Wason and wrote the following shows under moderator Maury Yeston: THE MARRYING TYPES (Players Theatre), BINGO CITY (NYMF in concert, The Tank), and THE WHITE ROSE ( NYMF in concert, Wright State workshop, and The Public Theater reading). He wrote music for the play IN DARFUR by Winter Miller ( Ignite Festival, Soho Playhouse) and the Mac nominated review WHAT'S THE POINT?! with Hector Coris which played off B'way and also in Cincinnati and Montreal. He met collaborator Owen Robertson at a 48 hr musical workshop at Dixon Place to write DEAD MAN BLOGGING and later on to write SYBIL (workshopped at Provincetown Theater) and a musical adaptation of PECKER by John Waters.
Jenne graduated from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama/Dramatic Writing and is an alumnus of the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.
Jenne Wason has written the book and lyrics for several musicals in collaboration with composer Alan Cancelino. Their dramatic musical THE WHITE ROSE has been performed in concert at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, in readings at the York Theatre Company and the Public Theater, and in a workshop at Wright State University
Cancelino & Wason’s comedic road trip musical BINGO CITY was also featured in concert at NYMF and their show THE MARRYING TYPES played at upstate New York’s Players Theatre. Their songs have been performed at various cabaret venues in the US and Canada.
With composer Joseph Benoit, Jenne has written the family holiday musical FLAKIE, as well as WINESDAY the Musical + Wine Tasting - which is currently playing in Niagara Wine Country with Five Cork Productions. Wason and Benoit were recently awarded the Forte song commission.