Nathan is a Grammy-nominated writer and occasional performer whose recent work includes lyrics for PARADISE SQUARE (Chicago this fall, Broadway this winter), and the cult favorite digital musical A KILLER PARTY (music by Jason Howland). Broadway and West End credits include the Olivier-nominated AMÉLIE (music and co-lyrics by Dan Messé) and TUCK EVERLASTING (music by Chris Miller). Other work with Miller includes lyrics for THE BURNT PART BOYS and FUGITIVE SONGS. They were recently commissioned by Concord Theatricals and the Educational Theatre Association to write a show specifically for high school performers, and that musical DREAMLAND (OR A MUSICAL RIFF ON SHAKESPEARE’S MIDSUMMER SET DURING THE DECLASSIFICATION OF AREA 51) debuted at the International Thespian Festival (Cast albums, sheet music, and licensing available for all shows listed above).
An accomplished writer and performer of children’s music, he and Miller have penned tunes for SESAME STREET (2012 Daytime Emmy Award) ELMO’S WORLD, THE ELECTRIC COMPANY, as well as written two circuses for Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey, and an adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg’s picture book THE MYSTERIES OF HARRIS BURDICK. He is currently working with Miller on REVIVAL, an adaptation of Willa Cather’s short story Eric Hermannson’s Soul for Playwrights Horizons and TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Nathan writes and performs with the band Joe’s Pet Project, with whom he composed the rock theatre piece STILLWATER. He was also a contributing lyricist to the musical revue STARS OF DAVID, and has written material for the Broadway Inspirational Voices and BCEA’s Gypsy of the Year.
In 2014 Nathan won both the Edward Kleban prize for most promising lyricist and the Fred Ebb award for excellence in musical theatre songwriting. His shows have been nominated for Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and Lucille Lortel awards. He is the recipient of awards and grants from Jonathan Larson, Richard Rodgers, Daryl Roth, Kitty Carlisle Hart, ASCAP, and the NEA. Nathan has worked for over a decade writing and directing for the Lovewell Institute for the Creative Arts, helping to create over a dozen new musicals with young adults. He has also taught lyric writing, songwriting, and auditioning masterclasses around the world. Nathan is a proud member of ASCAP and the Dramatist Guild. MFA: NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, BFA: Missouri State Univ. Husband to writer Kait Kerrigan, father to Lucy and Tess. More info at MILLERandTYSEN.com.