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Mindi Dickstein

Mindi Dickstein

MINDI DICKSTEIN wrote the lyrics for the Broadway musical Little Women, with music by Jason Howland and book by Allan Knee. Her songs have been performed widely, most notably as part of Lincoln Center's American Songbook ("Hear and Now: Contemporary Lyricists”) and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She is currently writing lyrics for a musical based on the MGM movie Benny and Joon, developed in workshop at the Transport Group in New York and on retreat at Running Deer Musical Theater Lab and TheatreWorks Palo Alto, with music by Nolan Gasser and book by Kirsten Guenther. Other current projects include lyrics for Faerie Tale, selected for the Rhinebeck Writer’s Retreat, with book by Chantal Bilodeau and music by Peter Melnick, and lyrics for Snow in August, based on the novel by Pete Hamill, with music by Peter Melnick and book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Her monologue, Starving to Death in Midtown, has been performed worldwide as part of the Climate Change Theater Action / COP 21. She wrote book and lyrics for Six Feet Under, with music by Melnick for Prospect Theater Company's By the Numbers. She contributed a short musical (book and lyrics) to Notes Across a Small Pond (Bridewell Theater, London) and wrote the book for A Wind in the Willows Christmas, commissioned by the Two River Theater, with music by Mike Reid and lyrics by Sarah Schlesinger. She wrote book and lyrics for Trip, an original musical commissioned by Playwrights Horizons, with music by Daniel Messé; book for Toy Story - The Musical, with songs by Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda (Groovelily), commissioned by Disney Creative Entertainment; and book and lyrics for several musicals for the nationally acclaimed Theatreworks USA, including Nate the Great and The Mystery of King Tut. Her plays include The Existential Gourmet (Jane Chambers Award) and Guadelope (Westbeth Theater Center). Other awards and honors include: Jonathan Larson Foundation Award, a Massachusetts Artists Foundation Playwriting Fellowship and two New York Foundation for the Arts Playwriting Fellowships, ASCAP Workshop Bernice Cohen Award, Second Stage Constance Klinsky Award for Excellence in Musical Theater, and a PEN International New Playwright Award (selected by Wendy Wasserstein). Mindi received her MFA from New York University's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, where she was an Oscar Hammerstein Fellow and where she now serves on the faculty.

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