Composer, lyricist, and playwright, Mark Friedman, fell in love with musicals at an early age when he and his brothers built their own theatre in the basement of their home, complete with lighting grid and sound system, performing for family and friends. He co-founded Cincinnati’s first Shakespeare Festival, Peanut Butter Theatre for Children in Covington, KY, the nationally acclaimed Artreach Touring Theatre based in Ohio, and the Good News Company – a regional inner-city experimental theatre group – producing, directing, and performing with each group. A composer and studio producer, distinguished in 2005 as National Music Educator of the Year, Mark has songs and recordings published worldwide in books, folios, and industry catalogs. He has scripted, written music, and hosted events for national conventions, and is a sought after speaker at music, theatre, and educational seminars around the country. Mark has been successfully writing and composing book, music and lyrics with long-time collaborator Janet Yates Vogt – their musicals playing across the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. Their works include Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical, How I Became a Pirate, Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Crown Jewel, Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale, The Magical Adventures of Merlin, Sleepy Hollow: A Musical Tale, Anne of Green Gables, Mister Scrooge, Jingle ARRGH the Way: A How I Became a Pirate Christmas Adventure, Snow White and the Prince, The Tale of the Glass Slipper: A Cinderella Story, River of Freedom, and War Games: Marriage on the Front Lines. Their newest musical, Alice in Wonderland, commissioned by the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati will debut at the beautiful Taft Theatre in downtown Cincinnati later this year. Mark and Janet are also working in collaboration with acclaimed playwright Joseph McDonough on a musical look at the famous prohibition bootlegger George Remus. A proud member of the Dramatist Guild, he is represented by the Paradigm Talent Agency in New York City. Although grateful for his theatre successes, Mark considers his best creations to be his children – both students at New York University – Emily, a film and television major, producer and screenplay writer – and Chris, a music technology major, jazz composer and musician. Connect with Mark on Facebook at Mark Friedman, and on Twitter @markfcomposer.