Program Chair

Michael Korie

MICHAEL KORIE is a Tony-nominated American lyricist and librettist. Writing for musical theater, he created the lyrics to composer Scott Frankel’s music for Grey Gardens, Far From Heaven, Doll, Happiness, and Meet Mister Future. Their scores have been nominated for Tony and Drama Desk Awards, received The Outer Critics Circle Award, and have been produced on Broadway, Playwrights Horizons, Lincoln Center Theater, throughout the USA, in Europe and South America. In winter of 2016, Grey Gardens will make its London premiere. For opera, Korie adapted John Steinbeck’s novel for the libretto to The Grapes of Wrath, composer Ricky Ian Gordon, and created the original librettos to operas with composer Stewart Wallace including Harvey Milk, Hopper’s Wife, Where’s Dick?, and Kabbalah. His opera works have been produced at San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Minnesota Opera, New York City Opera, BAM Next Wave Festival, Carnegie Hall, and Disney Los Angeles Symphony Hall. Upcoming operas include a new collaboration with composer Jeanine Tesori. Korie collaborated with co-lyricist Amy Powers on the lyrics to the musical Doctor Zhivago composed by Lucy Simon and produced in Australia, Korea, Scandinavia, and on Broadway in 2015.  He is currently creating a new musical for Disney Theatricals. Korie has enjoyed collaborations with playwrights Doug Wright, Richard Greenberg, Michael Weller, Donald Marguiles, John Weidman, and with directors Michael Greif, Des McAnuff, Christopher Alden, Susan Stroman, and Richard Foreman. Concert works include Gay Century Songbook with composer Larry Grossman at Carnegie Hall, and Positions 1956 with composer Conrad Cummings at The Knitting Factory and Urban Arias. Korie’s lyrics have received the Edward Kleban Prize, Jonathan Larson Award, and the ASCAP Richard Rodgers Award. His songs with composer Scott Frankel were featured at The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage Broadway Today. He serves on the council of The Dramatists Guild, chairs the Opera Librettists Committee, and moderates the musical theater division of the Dramatist Guild Fellows Program. He teaches lyric writing at Yale.  See Michael’s website at

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