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Mindi Dickstein

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Mindi Dickstein is a lyricist, librettist, and playwright. She wrote the lyrics for the Broadway musical Little Women (licensed by Music Theatre International, original cast album released by Ghostlight/Sh-K-Boom Records). She is currently writing lyrics for Benny & Joon, a new musical based on the MGM film, with book by Kirsten Guenther (Cycle 16) and music by Nolan Gasser. Set to open the 2017-2018 season at The Old Globe in San Diego, Benny & Joon was showcased in the 2016 NAMT Festival, developed on retreat at Running Deer Musical Theatre Lab, Theatreworks Silicon Valley, and Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals, and had a developmental lab at the Transport Group Theater Company in September 2015. Current projects include lyrics for Snow in August, based on the Pete Hamill novel, which had a developmental reading at New York’s Second Stage in June, and for Alight Arise Return, developed at Rhinebeck Writers Retreat and Lark Play Development Center. She wrote the book for Disney’s Toy Story: The Musical, and book and lyrics for Trip (Playwrights Horizons Steinberg Charitable Trust Commission), Notes Across a Small Pond (Bridewell Theatre, London) and Beasts and Saints (Boston Music Theatre Project, ASCAP Foundation Workshop). Other recent work includes book for A Wind in the Willows Christmas, commissioned and produced by Two River Theater in 2012 and 2013 (with music by Mike Reid and lyrics by Sarah Schlesinger), and several musicals written for Theatreworks USA with longtime collaborator Daniel Messé (Cycle 5). Her plays include The Existential Gourmet (Jane Chambers Award) and Guadeloupe (Westbeth Theater Center).Her short play Starving to Death in Midtown was produced worldwide as part of the 2015 Climate Change Theatre Action. Her songs have been performed widely, including at Lincoln Center’s Hear and Now: Contemporary Lyricists, 54 Below, Lilly Awards Broadway Cabaret, Dramatists Guild Fund’s Great Writers Thank Their Lucky Stars, and The Kennedy Center. Ms. Dickstein’s honors include a Jonathan Larson Award, a PEN International New Playwright honor (selected for introduction to the public by Wendy Wasserstein), a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship, and two New York Foundation for the Arts Playwriting Fellowships. She received her M.F.A. from GMTWP (Cycle 5), where she was an Oscar Hammerstein Fellow.