Gordon Leary is a Brooklyn-based lyricist and bookwriter from Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Gordon’s musicals have been produced/performed/read at Ars Nova, Diversionary Theatre, Dixon Place, The Director’s Company, Joe’s Pub, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, OPERA America, Page 73, Prospect Theater Company, Urban Stages, Weston Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the York Theatre Company. Gordon’s work was awarded the 2009 Richard Rodgers Award and has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Dramatists Guild Foundation, the NAMT National Fund for New Musicals, and OPERA America. Gordon’s musicals have 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..
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, The Musical Theatre Factory’s 2016-2017 Lerner & Loewe Group, the 92Y Musical Theatre Development Lab’s 2017-2018 Collective, and Page 73’s 2018 Interstate 73.
Gordon writes aggressively empathetic and audaciously human musicals about American pop history, identity, celebrity, growing up, mothers, legacies, and people making terrible choices.
Outside of theatre, Gordon has been a teaching artist with the Metropolitan Opera Guild and Encores in Schools and has written a number of books for English EGG, a Korean English-language educational publisher. Gordon tries to practice piano as much as possible without owning one (so a childhood full of lessons doesn’t go to waste) and loves to draw and paint, write things by hand, and hang out with dogs*.
If you want to know a secret, Gordon has seen every episode of every city of the Real Housewives series, but don’t judge (at least not too harshly.)
Gordon is a proud graduate of Vassar College and NYU/Tisch’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.
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