On the Stage, Behind the Scenes and In the Audience
Nathan Christensen and Scott Murphy
Jonathan Larson Grants - 2005
Nathan Christensen received his BA in theatre studies from Brigham Young University in 2002. He earned his MFA from New York University’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program in 2004, where he wrote Broadcast with Scott Murphy. His previous work includes Here In The Heartland (a Brechtian musical about the realities of small town life in America), Small Courage (an impressionistic portrait of Sir James Barrie, author of Peter Pan), The Battle Of Creek Cure (a dark comedy dealing with the bizarre health fads at the turn of the last century), and Cambices, King Of Persia (a verse adaptation of an Elizabethan play, integrating puppetry and live actors). He was the recipient of the Dramatists Guild’s 2004 Jonathan Larson Musical Theatre Fellowship, and the 2005 Daryl Roth Award.
Bio as of September, 2008.
Scott Murphy received his BA in music composition in 2002 from Bennington College, where he studied with Ricky Ian Gordon. He earned his MFA in musical theatre writing from New York University in 2004. His work includes Shark In The Creek (book, music, and lyrics), Broadcast (music), and Phoebe (music). His song, I Miss Him, can be heard on Tom Bogdin’s CD For Your Delight: New American Art Songs, and his song, My Perfect World, was performed by Brian D’Arcy James at the 2003 Children’s Aid Society benefit concert. Scott has held internships at Manhattan Theatre Club and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He received the Dramatists Guild’s 2004 Jonathan Larson Musical Theatre Fellowship, and the 2005 Daryl Roth Award.