About the Authors

Ryan Cunningham (Book and Lyrics)

RYAN CUNNINGHAM is a native of Needham, Mass., and he holds a BA in Theatre and Graphic Design from the University of Notre Dame and an M.F.A. from NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. At Notre Dame Ryan wrote the book to Chance at Love with Composer/Lyricist Tommy Curtin, which toured nationally in the summer of 2001. With composer Joshua Salzman, he wrote the book and lyrics for the Off-Broadway musical i love you because, for which he received a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Lyrics. Current projects include Queen Esther, a family musical based on the Jewish holiday of Purim, and an untitled song cycle. Also with Joshua Salzman, he makes his television writing debut this year creating songs for Disney’s Johnny and the Sprites starring John Tartaglia. Ryan is a member of The Dramatists Guild and the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop.

Joshua Salzman (Music)

Joshua Salzman is the composer of i love you because. Current projects include Queen Esther, a family musical based on the Jewish holiday of Purim, and an untitled song cycle. With Ryan Cunningham, he makes his television writing debut this year creating songs for Disney’s Johnny and the Sprites, starring John Tartaglia. Joshua holds an MFA from NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and degrees in composition and music education from Muhlenberg and Moravian Colleges. He has served in the music departments of Wicked and All Shook Up and is currently on faculty at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Memberships include The Dramatists Guild, AFM Local 802 and the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop.