Mel Marvin

Arts Professor/Director of Production

Mel Marvin

Mel's long career as a composer includes scores for 30 musicals, 47 plays, 3 films and 2 operas. His musical Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas returns in its yearly national tour, with two companies playing 11 cities for the 2017 Holiday season. The Grinch, which appeared on Broadway during the 2006 and 2007 seasons, was last seen in New York for a month-long run at Madison Square Garden Theater in 2014, and will return there in 2018. It has also been running for 19 consecutive sold-out seasons at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. 2014 saw a new production of his musical Elmer Gantry, directed by Eric Schaeffer at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA, in their 25th Anniversary Season. In 2007 he wrote the score for Shakespeare’s Cymbeline for Lincoln Center Theater. He received a Tony nomination as a co-author of Tintypes and wrote the music for the Broadway productions of Yentland Chris Durang’s A History of the American Film. He has had 10 shows produced Off-Broadway, including The Portable Pioneer and Prairie Show, (originally commissioned by the Guthrie Theater) at The Melting Pot, Sybille Pearson's True History and Real Adventures at The Vineyard, Marvin’s Garden and Prizewinning Plays at MTC, Chris Durang’s Das Lusitania SongspielPolly, The Prince of Homburg and Lincoln at Chelsea Theatre Center, etc. He has served as composer or director of scores of productions in most of America’s major regional theatres, including Hartford Stage Company (where he wrote the music for many of Mark Lamos’s Shakespeare productions), Lincoln Center Theater, Arena Stage, The Guthrie Theater (where he most recently wrote a new incidental score for Hamlet), ART, La Jolla Playhouse and the Mark Taper Forum (where he was an associate artist and wrote the original music for the world premiere production of both parts of Angels in America, directed by Oskar Eustis.) His work as a director includes both classical and contemporary plays, as well as a focus on new opera, with Different Fields, by Mike Reid and Sarah Schlesinger developed for the Metropolitan Opera Guild, and, most recently in New York, The Scrimshaw Violin, an opera by Bruce Saylor and Jonathan Levi directed at the 92nd St. Y. Other work includes Great Expectations, written with author John Jakes, produced by Goodspeed Musicals; The Perfect 36with Laura Harrington, for Tennessee Rep in Nashville; Gold with Timothy Mason, commissioned and produced by England’s National Theatre; and two operas. Guest from the Future, with libretto by Jonathan Levi, commissioned by Nine Circles Chamber Theatre, premiered at the Bard Summerscape Festival in August, 2004; and BuwalskyA Road Opera, commissioned by Holland’s Opera Spanga, premiered in The Netherlands then toured in the U.S. the same year, including performances at NYU's Skirball Center. His musical, Eden, received a developmental workshop at the Eugene O'Neill Musical Theater Conference in July, 2010, and was seen in concert at Joe's Pub in 2011. Joan of Arc, a music/theatre work written with Laura Harrington, received a new production by Nautilus Chamber Theatre in the Fall of 2011 and was revived in 2012. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Theatre Communications Group, as well as the recipient of many grants and awards, including three from the National Endowment for the Arts, and he has been a member of many grants panels. He began at the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program as a guest mentor in l989, became an adjunct composer and director in 1991, joined the full-time faculty in 1995, became Head Faculty Composer in 1998, Associate Arts Professor in 2004, and Arts Professor in 2014. In 2012, Mel received Tisch's David Payne Carter Award for Teaching Excellence.