Sean Hartley’s musical theater works include Cupid And Psyche, written with composer Jihwan Kim, which was produced off-Broadway in 2003, and for which he received a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Lyrics. Cupid and Psyche was developed at the O’Neill Center, the National Association for Musical Theater’s Festival of New Musicals the National Musical Theater Network, the ASCAP workshop and the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop. It had its world premiere at the Village Theater in Seattle Washington and has received subsequent productions regionally at the Spirit of Broadway Theater, the Orlando Fringe Festival and Oregon Cabaret Theater.

He received the Spirit Award for Best Book of A Musical for the musical Little Women (with songs by Kim Oler and Alison Hubbard), which has had several regional productions, including Syracuse Stage, Village Theater, Spirit of Broadway Theater, and the Waterman Theater. Little Women is published by Theatrical Rights Worldwide.

What’s Your Story? (with composer Sam Davis) was produced as part of the Orlando Fringe Festival, where it won the Audience Favorite award. Several songs from What’s Your Story? were recently recorded on the PS Classics CD Love on a Summer Afternoon, featuring such Broadway leading men as David Hyde Pierce and Edward Hibbert.

Snow, for which he is writing book, music and lyrics, was selected for the 2007 ASCAP Workshop with Stephen Schwartz, and it subsequently won the ASCAP Harold Arlen Award for Best New Musical. It was produced at the Spirit of Broadway Theater in Norwich, CT in spring of 2011, and won four Spirit Awards, including Best Book, Best Lyrics, Best Musical Score and Best New Work.

His works for television include several songs for the Disney Channel’s shows The Book of Pooh and Bear In the Big Blue House.

His musical theater works for children include Number The Stars (adapted from the Newbury Medal book by Lois Lowry), Sunshine (based on a book by Ludwig Bemelmans, music by John O’Neill) and Holy Moses! (book by Bob Kolsby), all of which are published by Dramatic Publishing Co. and have received performances throughout the United States.

A graduate of Brandeis University (B.A., Theater Arts) and Manhattan School of Music (M.A. in Music Education) and a member of ASCAP and the BMI-Lehman Engel Advanced Musical Theater Writers' Workshop, he is currently the Director of the Theater Wing at the Kaufman Center in New York, where he is also Artistic Director of the Center's resident theater company, the Poppy Seed Players. He created and produces the Merkin Hall concert series Broadway Close Up and Broadway Playhouse, which he also hosts. His honors include BMI’s Jerry Harrington Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement, a Drama Desk nomination and the ASCAP Harold Arlen Award.



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