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Ben Bonnema is a composer-lyricist and playwright whose work has been featured in Variety, Wired and the New York Times. He was awarded the 2017 Jonathan Larson Grant by the American Theatre Wing. He wrote book, music & lyrics to Adult Swim's PETER PANIC, a musical video game that's been played by over a half million people (developed by James Marion). He contributed additional sound design and composition to Punchdrunk's award winning show SLEEP NO MORE. His slumber party musical, BOYS WHO TRICKED ME, was called "heart-healing musical theatre" by Joshua Barone of the New York Times. Other full-length: ONE WAY (with Christopher Staskel), THE APPLE BOYS (currently in development at Dixon Place; book by Jonothon Lyons), and THE LOST GIRL (with Arianna Rose). He supplied additional orchestrations for Ana Gasteyer's album I'm Hip. 

Recent recognitions include: a 2017 Jonathan Larson Grant, Two River Theatre Residency, Ucross Foundation Residency, reading of ONE WAY at Playwrights Horizons and 2011 ASCAP Foundation Frederick Loewe Award.

Ben holds a B.A. in Music Composition from Whitworth University and an M.F.A. from NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. He's a proud member of ASCAP, the Dramatist Guild, and Local 802. He is currently Marc Shaiman's music/tech associate.