Val Emmich (Author)
Val Emmich is a writer, singer-songwriter, and actor whowas dubbed a 'Renaissance man' by the New York Post. He has hadrecurring roles on Vinyl and Ugly Betty as well as a memorableguest role as Liz Lemon's coffee-boy fling, Jamie, on 30 Rock. His debutnovel, The Reminders, received rave reviews, with Popsugar deeming it'beautiful and beguiling' and Huffington Post saying "Emmichperforms a bit of creative magic...in his warm and winning debut'. Emmich livesin Jersey City, New Jersey, with his wife and their two children.
Justin Paul (Author)
Benj Pasek andJustin Paul are the Tony,Oscar (R), and Golden Globe-winning songwriting team behind the Broadway musicals DearEvan Hansen (Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Obie Award, Outer Critics CircleAward, Helen Hayes Award) and A Christmas Story: The Musical (Tony,Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, London Evening Standard award nominations), Jamesand the Giant Peach, and Edges. Film projects include La La Land(Lionsgate); and Trolls (DreamWorks Animation). Recent and upcoming filmprojects include The Greatest Showman (20thCentury Fox); Snow White (Walt Disney Pictures); Medusa (SonyPictures Animation); and Aladdin (Walt Disney Pictures). TV creditsinclude Smash, Sesame Street, The Flash, and Johnny and the Sprites,and FOX's A Christmas Story Live! musical. Additional honours: RichardRodgers Award (American Academy of Arts and Letters); ASCAP Foundation RichardRodgers New Horizons Award; Jonathan Larson Award. Both are graduates of theUniversity of Michigan Musical Theatre program and members of the DramatistsGuild of America, Inc.
Steven Levenson (Author)
Steven Levenson is the Tony Award-winning book writer of DearEvan Hansen. His plays include If I Forget, The Unavoidable Disappearnceof Tom Durnin, Core Values, The Language of Trees, and Seven Minutes inHeaven. Honors include the Obie Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, OuterCritics John Gassner Playwriting Award, Drama League Award, Drama Desknomination, Hull-Warriner nomination, Lucille Lortel nomination, and the HelenHayes Award. A former Artist in Residence at Ars Nova and a member of theRoundabout Leadership Council, he worked for three seasons as a writer andproducer on Showtime's Masters of Sex and is a founding member of ColtCoeur and an alumnus of MCC's Playwrights Coalition and Ars Nova's Play Group.His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service and Playscripts. A graduateof Brown University, he is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.,and the WGA.