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Jeanine Tesori

New York, NY

Jeanine Tesori is an American composer and musical arranger. She is the most prolific and honored female theatrical composer in history. Tesori won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Original Score with Lisa Kron for Fun Home. She has also written Tony-nominated scores for Twelfth Night (Lincoln Center); Thoroughly Modern Millie (lyrics, Dick Scanlan); Caroline, or Change (lyrics, Tony Kushner); and Shrek The Musical (lyrics, David Lindsay-Abaire). The production of Caroline, or Change at the National Theatre in London received the Olivier Award for Best New Musical. Her 1997 Off-Broadway musical Violet (lyrics, Brian Crawley) opened on Broadway in 2014 and garnered four Tony nominations, including Best Musical Revival. 

Opera: Blue (libretto, Tazewell Thompson; Glimmerglass 2019); A Blizzard On Marblehead Neck (libretto, Tony Kushner; Glimmerglass) and The Lion, The Unicorn, and Me (libretto, J. D. McClatchy, Washington National Opera).

Music for plays: Mother Courage (with Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline), John Guare’s A Free Man of Color (Lincoln Center Theater), and Romeo and Juliet (Delacorte Gala).

Film scores: Nights in Rodanthe, Every Day, and You’re Not You.

Tesori is the founding Artistic Director of Encores! Off-Center at City Center, and is a lecturer in music at Yale.