Pax Ressler (they/she) is a Philadelphia-based artist, working at the intersection of theatre and music, as well as the intersection of arts and advocacy. They are a member of Actors’ Equity Association and work as a creator, performer, music director, composer, designer and educator at Philadelphia Theatre companies, including Arden Theatre Company, Bearded Ladies Cabaret, FringeArts, Nicole Canuso Dance Company, People’s Light, Theatre Exile, Theatre Horizon, Simpatico Theatre, Shakespeare in Clark Park, Wilma Theater, 11th Hour, 1812 Productions and more. Pax is a gardener of community-focused projects, including Rise Choir and Genderfunk Philly. To see more of what Pax has been working on, visit the Project History tab.
Pax’s compositions have been performed from Seattle to Spain and many places in between, including Philadelphia and New York. Their compositions were heard in the Barrymore Award-winning “Contradict This! A Birthday Funeral for Heroes” with the Bearded Ladies Cabaret on Race Street Pier in Philly and La Mama in New York City. Pax recently performed their original music at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum with John Jarboe for “Rose: You Are Who You Eat.” They graduated from Goshen College, having completed studies in music education, composition and theatre. While at Goshen College, they studied composition with celebrated composers Lee Dengler and Jorge Muñiz. To hear examples of Pax’s compositions, visit the Listen & Look, Composition History and Repertoire tabs.
Pax is the Director of Music at Tabernacle United Church, a progressive Christian community at 37th and Chestnut in West Philadelphia. They also maintain a private vocal lesson studio for adults and children in a variety of musical styles. If you or a loved one is interested in vocal lessons at negotiable rates, please contact Pax at firstname.lastname@example.org or by using the Contact tab.
Pax is a passionate advocate and organizer of the non-binary and trans community in Philly and a gardener of the Genderfunk Philly Instagram (@genderfunkphilly), featuring Philly’s trans and non-binary theatre talent. Making music for queer, transgender, and non-binary communities has been a central inspiration for Pax’s work as a singer-songwriter and recording artist. In 2014, Pax released an album entitled Stand By Me: Hymns of Hope & Healing. In 2017 collaborations with PAM and murder.love, Pax released an EP of non-binary love songs entitled In the Eyes which inspired the full-length acoustic and electric albums for Change, which was released in November of 2020.