Words and Music

An American Academy of Arts and Letters, Richard Rodgers Award finalist (The Metamorphosis, book/music/lyrics), my musicals have been performed at Don’t Tell Mama in NYC (Cafe Society), the Philadelphia Int’l Fringe Festival (The Metamorphosis, Redux), and invited to the New York Int’l Fringe Festival.  My songs have been performed by the legendary Eartha Kitt at New York’s Cafe Carlyle, and recorded by Broadway performers Christiane Noll, Christina Marie Norrup, Jamie Laverdiere, and others.  Before writing for musical theater, I was the songwriter and lead vocalist for the band Bus Head, performing in clubs and other joints throughout the Philadelphia region, named Best Party Band! by the Philadelphia Daily News (Jonathan Takiff) (1986).  Earlier still, I performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, co-wrote the score for the musical play A Fool’s Journey produced in London and broadcast by the BBC, lived (barely) as a street musician in Amsterdam, recorded in London, England, and performed live on WXPN Radio, in Philadelphia.  I’ve received two ASCAP Awards, sung with the Philadelphia Orchestra (Choral Arts Society) and was trained in music composition and lyric writing at NYC’s famed Lehman Engel BMI Musical Theatre Workshop (Advanced),  after receiving a degree in Music from Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music (composition and voice).   I studied Jazz Piano with the extraordinary Curtis Harmon, and opera voice with the great George McKinley.   I am currently writing and recording a CD of original acoustic (-ish) songs.  The hope expressed above for the images of these pages, applies equally to the music you hear.

Street and Event Photography

Intermediate States (an homage)    In a way, we are always poised (or not so poised) between coming and going, departure and arrival, past dissolving into a future not yet formed; our own private Bardo.  Moments can always be divided by shorter moments, objects by their composites, nothing exists independently of anything else.  If that’s the case, then how can any thing called a moment, or object, be understood to be, at all?  Nonetheless we experience moments and objects and even ourselves, as being something real and definite, and as such, all moments offer possibility and potential awakening, as it is our most natural state.  So then, at any given so-called moment, what?  More importantly, can we make each moment and each encounter, an offering of kindness?  If not yet, then how can we do so?  Can we do so, ever?     No matter how different the station, platform or track the individuals here may temporarily occupy, no matter how unrelated they may at first appear (to us, and to each other), what’s revealed is the opposite: how inextricably connected to each other they really are: related, equal, and equally deserving of care.  How to bring this sensibility of caring with us when we are the ones so stationed?  ¶ ¶  The images in Cathedral were taken in one of scores of warehouses in north philadelphia, former textile mills, factories and temples of prosperity, abandoned and since gutted by fire after the jobs left for points south, then overseas.  Remaining are the impermanent forms, projections of the past long since receded.  All Galleries  It is my sincere hope that all of these images inspire warmth, generosity, love and compassion toward not only the beautiful individuals all whose images grace these pages, but toward all beings, including ourselves; and serve as a cause that all beings without exception may have happiness and be free from suffering.

Volunteer and Nonprofit

Moved by the lives of others, from 2011 through 2015 I served as president of the Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia, coordinating the TBC’s wonderful teachings, workshops, retreats and other offerings, as well as our internet and multimedia offerings.  I continue to serve as a Senior Teaching Student there along with performing other volunteer odds and ends (although at the moment my service time is family-centric.)  Before that, in 2009 along with several friends, I co-founded and was president and served on the board of Philadoptables, Philadelphia’s awesome animal welfare non-profit, benefiting the more than 34,000 cats, dogs and other animals received each year into the Philadelphia Animal Control Shelter.  You can view my Philadoptables YouTube video by clicking here.  Before that, I served as president and a founding member of the ACCT Advisory Counsel, Philadoptables’ predecessor organization, a voice for greater community representation and oversight of our city’s Animal Care and Control Shelter.  In the world of music, from 1992 – 1995, I was on the board of Philadelphia’s awesome Network For New Music, the city’s premiere new music organization.  Want to save two lives?  Foster and/or adopt from your local animal shelter or rescue, and help care for our precious animal friends.  

And most recently?  Co-owner of Darvanayoga, and founder and director of The Shantideva Center for Mindfulness and Peace. In progress

Legal and Professional

From 1992 through 2006, I practiced law as a civil trial attorney in Philadelphia.  I received my law degree from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, where I was a member of Temple Law’s International and Comparative Law Journal, and recipient of Temple Law’s most prestigious awards for writing and scholarship.  I now work for the U.S. Department of Labor.


A former foster parent to more than 40 senior dogs and cats rescued from Philadelphia’s ACCT Shelter, I now am blessed and with a beautiful family – my wife Darlene (married May 25, 2013 – you can see the video in my blog!), brilliant and beautiful step-daughter Simone, and beautiful and brilliant step-son, Ben.

Contact Me?

Of course!   anthonyboris … that’s  @gmail.com

Thank you.


Song: Maybe Tomorrow
Music and Lyrics: Tony Boris
Vocal: Jamie Laverdiere
Musical Director: Mary Feinsinger
From: The Metamorphosis, Redux.  Book, Music, Lyrics, Tony Boris