On the Stage, Behind the Scenes and In the Audience
Michael Cooper and Hyeyoung Kim
Jonathan Larson Grants - 2005
Michael Cooper is a MAC Award Nominated songwriter, recipient of the 2005 Jonathan Larson, Daryl Roth, and TRU Daniel Marshall Multicultural Awards. BA in Theatre from Williams College; MFA from NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. His musical, “Sunfish,” for which he co-wrote book and lyrics and produced, was awarded the top jury honor at the Daegu International Music Theatre Festival, South Korea in June 2013. “Sunfish” received its regional premiere at the Stoneham Theatre, MA (Broadwayworld Award Best Musical) and was showcased at the 2010 ASCAP Workshop with Stephen Schwartz, the 2006 NAMT Festival of New Musicals, TRU Reading Series, and was a finalist in the Alliance Theatre’s Kendeda Playwriting Competition. “It Shoulda Been You” (Additional Lyrics), world premiere at the George Street Playhouse (directed by David Hyde Pierce and staring Tyne Daly) and Village Theatre Issaquah, WA; “Rites of Passage,” “Museum Pieces,” and “The Dome” (Prospect Theatre Company); “The Strange Affair of Dr. Crippen” (Theatrebuilding Chicago); “Lizardman!” (Audience Favorite, Short Attention Span Festival) and “Luna Park,” commissioned by SUNY Cortland. Selected for the York Theatre’s NEO5 Concert series and ASCAP Johnny Mercer Songwriting Project. Associate producer for “Zombie,” an award-winning short film based on the novella by Joyce Carol Oates. Member of ASCAP, BMI Workshop, and the Dramatists Guild. Michael is the President of Three Hundred Bags of Rice, Inc., a theatrical production company.
Hyeyoung Kim (Composer) is originally from Seoul, Korea, and received her BA in Music Composition from Ewha Woman’s University and MFA from NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Recipient of the 2005 Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award, Daryl Roth Award, and TRU Daniel Marshall Multicultural Award. She is a member of the BMI workshop and participated in 2007 Nautilus composer/librettist lab at New Dramatists. Hyeyoung wrote the book and music for Sunfish, with Michael L. Cooper, which was showcased at the 2006 NAMT Festival and workshopped at Cortland in summer of 2007. And now, Luna Park. Hyeyoung also composed music for Museum Pieces (Prospect Theatre Company Dark Night’s Series, 2008). Her new show, Caffeine, with Jeajoon Seong, will open at Theater Live in Korea, November 2008. Upcoming commission: Falling, with Dina Gregory.