Tommy Newman, originally from Georgia, is a book writer/composer-lyricist and a commissioned songwriter. Tommy graduated summa cum laude from Troy University in the Spring of 2003 with a degree in Music Education and a minor in Business Administration. He received a Lois Garren award for composition and was nationally recognized for his work at Troy University by the American College Theatre Festival at the Kennedy Center, receiving a summer fellowship at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center.
In May of 2006 he graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with an M.F.A. in Musical Theatre Writing, where he was under the tutelage of renowned artists such as Jeanine Tesori, Bill Finn, Rachel Sheinkin, Michael John LaChiusa, Ricky Ian Gordon, Polly Pen, Mel Marvin, Sybille Pearson, Fred Carl, Mindi Dickstein, Robert Lee, Sarah Schlesinger, Martin Epstein, and more.
Tommy has composed original scores for a number of regionally produced plays such as Conecuh People and The Women of Lockerbie. He has also scored a number of films with director Tobin Addington of the Columbia University Graduate Film Program, including Rupture, Near the End of August, and the award winning short, Dancing Ground. Tommy is most recently the lyricist/book writer for three full-length musicals: BAND GEEKS!, with Gordon Greenberg, Gaby Alter, and Mark Allen, 29 with Gaby Alter, and TINYARD HILL with Mark Allen.
Tommy Newman is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.