Kyra Sims is a collaborative French Hornist, vocalist, writer, and actress residing in New York City. She has worked with artists and ensembles such as Lizzo, Jon Batiste, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Roots, Carole King, Kristin Chenoweth, Alarm Will Sound, Roomful of Teeth, Frank Ocean, and Dev Hynes. Kyra appeared as a backing musician in Taylor Mac’s Pulitzer finalist work A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, the critically acclaimed pop opera (and subsequent film adaptation) Now I’m Fine, and the internationally renowned podcast Welcome to Night Vale. She has also made television appearances on Mozart in the Jungle and VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live.
Kyra has worked as a musician both on Broadway and Off, originating chairs at the Drama Desk-Nominated shows Carmen Jones, Superhero, and Soft Power, and the Emmy-Nominated online show Ratatouille: A Tik Tok Musical. Kyra has also worked regularly as a substitute musician on the hit Broadway shows The Lion King and Anastasia.
Recording credits include Zola Jesus’ Taiga, Disparition’s Faite, original cast recordings for Superhero and Grammy-nominated Soft Power, and films such as the well-received documentary Chèche Lavi, and Here and Now starring Sarah Jessica Parker.
Kyra made her composing debut in 2015 as the Composer/Sound Designer for the New York Neo-Futurists’ Mainstage production The Human Symphony, which received positive reviews and a Drama Desk nomination. She was nominated for a New York Innovative Theater Award for her work on this production.
In 2022, Kyra was named Co-Artistic Director of the New York Neo-Futurists, a wildly prolific experimental theatre ensemble that creates and performs its own work in the East Village every Friday and Saturday night for their landmark award-winning show The Infinite Wrench.
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