Michael Kooman (music) and Christopher Dimond (book & lyrics) received the 2013 Fred Ebb Award, the 2010 Jonathan Larson Grant, and are the first recipients of the Lorenz Hart Award. Between them, they have received the Burton Lane Award, the Harold Adamson Award, the KCACTF Musical Theatre Award, a NYFA Fellowship, an Anna Sosenko Grant, and numerous ASCAP Plus awards.
They are currently working on the original musicals The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes (developed at the O'Neill Music Theater Conference and the Village Theater), Orphie and the Book of Heroes (commissioned by the Kennedy Center), and Judge Jackie Justice (commissioned by the Pittsburgh CLO, and scheduled to open in early 2014).
Their first collaboration, Dani Girl (licensed by Samuel French) has been workshopped at the Kennedy Center, American Conservatory Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, the ASCAP/Disney Musical Theater Workshop, the Festival of New American Musicals, and was featured in the 2011 NAMT Festival of New Musicals. The show has seen productions in Toronto, Dallas, Boston, and Australia, and is currently enjoying a free, invite-only lab presentation at New York's Exit, Pursued by a Bear (www.epbb.com).
The duo's other works include Golden Gate (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Homemade Fusion (London's Ambassadors Theater, Edinburgh Fringe Festival), the family-friendly Christmas musical Junior Claus (licensed by Dramatic Publishing), and the short film Flour Baby.
Michael and Chris are members of the Dramatists Guild and ASCAP, and are proud alumni of Carnegie Mellon University. They were Dramatists Guild Fellows, received a fellowship at the O'Neill National Music Theater Conference, and attended the Johnny Mercer Songwriting workshop.
Their debut album, Out of Our Heads, featuring an all-star lineup of Broadway performers, is now available on iTunes. Learn more at www.koomandimond.com