Author

Dick Scanlan

Dick Scanlan

Dick Scanlan co-wrote and co-directed Whorl Inside a Loop Off-Broadway at Second Stage, inspired by his experiences volunteering at a men's prison. He co-authored Everyday Rapture, a critically acclaimed musical written with and for Sherie Rene Scott, produced on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre by The Roundabout Theatre Company, and Off-Broadway at Second Stage. Mr. Scanlan received 2010 Tony, Drama Desk and Lortel nominations for his work on Rapture. He also wrote the book and lyrics for 2002's Tony and Drama Desk Award Winning Best Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, music by Jeanine Tesori. Along with Ms. Tesori, Mr. Scanlan was commissioned by Sony to compose the song The Girl in 14G for Kristin Chenoweth's debut album, Let Yourself Go. He also served as Script Consultant to the legendary Berry Gordy in connection with Motown The Musical. His wholly rewritten version of The Unsinkable Molly Brown its world premiere at the Denver Center Theatre Company. He directed Jake Gyllenhaal, Taran Killam and Ellen Greene in Little Shop of Horrors at Encores! Off-Center. Mr. Scanlan began his writing career as a fiction writer. His novel, Does Freddy Dance, was published in 1995 to glowing reviews and was reissued in paperback in 1997, both by Alyson Publications. His short fiction has been seen in numerous literary journals and commercial magazines, and is included in the inaugural edition of Best American Gay Fiction (Little, Brown) along side such luminaries as Edmund White and Michael Cunningham. He has published numerous articles and essays in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The Village Voice, Playboy and many other publications, and served as editor-in-chief of POZ, a national magazine for people living with HIV/AIDS. In 2011, he co-founded artsINSIDEOUT, an ASTEP program that sends teams of American theatre artists to Johannesburg to partner with South African artists to work with children infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Also a performer, Mr. Scanlan originated the role of Miss Great Plains in the hit Off-Broadway musical, Pageant.