Michael Mahler is the composer/lyricist of The 9/11 Report: A Bipartisan Musical Fantasia commissioned by The Music Theatre Company, as well as Painted Alice (AMTP), Knute Rockne – All American with David H. Bell (Theatre at the Center), and How Can You Run with a Shell on yOur Back? with Alan Schmuckler. Shell was featured in the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s 2009 Festival of New Musicals, as well as the Chicago Humanities Festival. Michael's songs have been sung in reviews across the US, the UK, Japan, and Australia. He and Schmuckler, with Jarrod Zimmerman and Blake Silver, are currently working on an original musical series for ABC and Sony Pictures/Television, Boyfred. Michael is a Jeff-nominated music director, and a Jeff Citation and After Dark award-winning actor who most recently appeared in Frank Galati’s 12 Angry Men. He will soon make his Broadway-in-Chicago debut in the sitdown production of Studs Terkel’s Working. Michael is a proud member of ASCAP, AEA, Barrel of Monkeys, and Provision Theater.