BIOGRAPHY

Here's the skinny on who I am, what I've done, and where & when I've done it . . .

Andy Monroe is a composer, lyricist, dramatist and recording artist based in New York City.  His albums, JOYFUL NOISE: DISC ONE, JOYFUL NOISE: DISC TWO, RAIN, SONGS FOR A WINTER NIGHT, and DAYS OF HOPE AND CIRCUMSTANCE are sold internationally.  He wrote the book, music, and lyrics for the original musical, DRIVE, which won the 2014 BMI Foundation Jerry Bock Award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theatre.  He is the composer for a musical adaptation of Dan Savage's comic memoir THE KID (with lyrics by Jack Lechner and book by Michael Zam) which premiered in 2010 at The New Group under the direction of Scott Elliott where it won the 2010 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical. It also won the 2009 BMI Foundation Jerry Bock Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre.  His musical short THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JOE JEFFERSON BENJAMIN BLOW has been produced regionally and he also wrote the short musicals SALLY PEACHES, LA RHONDA, and ELEVATOR MUSIC as part of his participation in 4@15 at The York Theatre, where he also participated in their NEO4 Concert.  He co-wrote the song MY SCIENCE PROJECT (lyrics by Jack Lechner) which was sung by Rosie O'Donnell on her HBO special, A FAMILY IS A FAMILY IS A FAMILY.  He also wrote the music and lyrics for THE TRAGIC AND HORRIBLE LIFE OF THE SINGING NUN (book and additional lyrics by Blair Fell), which was presented in the 2006 New York Musical Theater Festival.  His work has been performed three times in the annual Bound For Broadway Concert at the Kauffman Center, NYC.  He is the recipient of the 2001 BMI Foundation Jerry Harrington Musical Theater Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement and was a 2007-8 Dramatist Guild Fellow.  In 2011 he received a Jonathan Larson Grant from the American Theatre Wing.  He is a member of both the BMI Lehman Engel Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop and the BMI Librettists Workshop. In addition to his work as a composer, lyricist, and playwright, he has been creating music for dance in NYC for thirty years.  He has worked at The Paul Taylor School, The Ailey School, The Juilliard School, and The Limon Institute, among others. In 1999, he founded his recording and publishing company, Compact Risks.