Pasek & Paul
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are the Tony/Emmy-nominated songwriting team behind the Broadway musical A Christmas Story, The Musical (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations), Dogfight, (Lucille Lortel Award winner, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, London Evening Standard Awards nominations), James and The Giant Peach, and Edges. TV credits include Smash, Sesame Street and Johnny and the Sprites. Pasek and Paul created the song “Unlimited” for Old Navy’s 2014 back-to-school campaign.
Current projects include: Dear Evan Hansen (Outer Critics Circle Award, Obie Award, Helen Hayes Award, Drama Desk Award) premiering December 2016 at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway; La La Land starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling (Lionsgate); The Greatest Showman starring Hugh Jackman (FOX); Tom and Jerry Return to Oz (Warner Bros Animation); Trolls starring Anna Kendrick (DreamWorks Animation); Medusa (Sony Pictures Animation). Honors: Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theatre (American Academy of Arts and Letters); ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award; Jonathan Larson Award. Both are graduates of the University of Michigan and members of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc
Pasek & Paul’s other songwriting honors include: Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theatre from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; Sundance Institute Fellowship; ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award; ASCAP Songwriters Fellowship Award; Dramatists Guild Fellowship; Jonathan Larson Award; Billboard Magazine Top 5 Broadway Songwriters. Benj and Justin work actively as teachers conducting master classes at top theater programs and universities around the world. Both are graduates of the University of Michigan and members of the Dramatists Guild of America.
Pasek & Paul, songwriters
Timothy Allen McDonald
Timothy Allen McDonald is the Founder and CEO of iTheatrics, the Executive Director of the Junior Theater Festival, an award-winning playwright and director, and a leading authority and advocate on musical theater education. Since 1997, McDonald has been responsible for adapting of over 96 different musicals for performance by young people including Annie (JR. and KIDS) Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR., The Wizard of Oz Young Performer’s Edition and Getting to Know…The Sound of Music. It is estimated that up to 36 million people attend one of these shows each year, which is three times the of people who attend a Broadway show each year.
As a playwright McDonald’s credits include The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley; Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka (with Academy Award winning songwriter Leslie Bricusse); Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas (with Academy Award winning songwriter Paul Williams); and Roald Dahl’s James and The Giant Peach (with Tony nominees Pasek and Paul).
Tim’s directing highlights include: the award winning Off-Broadway production of Dear Edwina for esteemed Broadway Producer Daryl Roth; The Phantom Tollbooth at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.; and directing Sarah Jessica Parker in the first ever White House talent show for the President and First Lady in 2014.
Current projects include: book for the new musical Between The Lines based on a book by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer, score by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Andersen, produced by Daryl Roth and directed by Jeff Calhoun; a brand new book for Hans Christian Andersen, score by Frank Loesser; and the first-ever musical theatre education textbook, The iTheatrics Method, published by G.I.A. publications.
McDonald’s philanthropic endeavors including working with the President’s Committee on Arts and the Humanities Turnaround Arts initiative to transform underperforming schools through the arts; New York City’s Department of Education/Shubert Foundation Broadway Junior Project, building musical theatre programs in NYC middle schools; and Jump Start Theatre, building new musical theatre programs in schools the greater Cincinnati area. Tim was a founder of Chico City Light Opera and is a CSUC Distinguished Alumni.
Timothy Allen McDonald, playwright
Roald Dahl is the author of some of the world’s most-beloved children’s books. His own childhood experience served as the inspiration for many of his stories and characters. He first became interested in writing children’s books by making up bedtime stories for his daughters, which led to the publication of James and the Giant Peach (1961) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964).
An unbroken string of bestselling titles followed, including The BFG, Danny the Champion of the World, The Twits, The Witches, Boy and Going Solo. Matilda, Dahl’s penultimate book, broke all previous records for a work of children’s fiction, with UK sales of over half a million paperbacks in six months. His work has been translated into over 40 languages, and he won prestigious awards, including the Whitbread Award in 1983 for The Witches and the Children’s Book Award in 1988 for Matilda.
A great believer in the importance of reading, Dahl had a passion for teaching kids how to become readers. His stories remain among the most popular treasured children’s tales of all time.
Roald Dahl, author of original book