Gordon Leary is a Brooklyn-based lyricist and bookwriter from Chagrin Falls, Ohio. His musicals have been produced/performed/read at Ars Nova, Dixon Place, The Director’s Company, Joe’s Pub, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Prospect Theater Company, Weston Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the York Theatre Company. He won the 2009 Richard Rodgers Award, and his work has been chosen for development through the Daegu International Musical Festival, National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals, Penn State Nu.Musicals, Seoul Musical Festival, and the Yale Institute for Music Theatre. His songs have been heard at 54 Below, 92Y Tribeca, Auckland Art Gallery, Laurie Beechman Theatre, D-Lounge, Duplex, Goodspeed, Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium, NYMF, New York Theatre Barn, Rockwood Musical Hall, Symphony Space, and the Triad.
With composer Julia Meinwald, Gordon was a 2009-2010 Dramatists Guild Musical Theatre Fellow and a member of Ars Nova’s 2013-2014 Uncharted, The Civilians’ 2015-2016 R&D Group, Fresh Ground Pepper’s 2016 Playground Playgroup, and The Musical Theatre Factory’s 2016-2017 Lerner & Loewe Group.
He writes aggressively empathetic musicals about identity, growing up, mothers, American pop history, and people making terrible choices.
Outside of theatre, Gordon has been a teaching artist with the Metropolitan Opera Guild and Encores in Schools. He has written a number of books for English EGG, a Korean English-language educational publisher. He tries to practice piano as much as he can (so his childhood full of lessons doesn’t go to waste) and loves to draw and paint. He’s seen every episode of every city of the Real Housewives series, but don’t judge him too harshly for that.
Gordon is a proud graduate of Vassar College and NYU/Tisch’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.