Ben Bonnema is a composer-lyricist whose work has been featured in Variety, Wired and the New York Times. He was awarded a 2017 Jonathan Larson Grant by the American Theatre Wing. Ben 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). 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 (Rhinebeck Writer's Retreat, 2017 Yale Institute Finalist, reading at Playwrights Horizons via the Musical Theatre Factory), THE APPLE BOYS with Jonothon Lyons (Dixon Place), and THE LOST GIRL with Arianna Rose (Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival). He contributed additional sound design and composition to Punchdrunk's award winning show SLEEP NO MORE and supplied additional orchestrations for Ana Gasteyer's album I'm Hip.
Recent recognitions include: a 2017 Jonathan Larson Grant, Rhinebeck Writer's Retreat, Two River Theater Residency, Ucross Foundation Residency, reading of ONE WAY at Playwrights Horizons and 2011 ASCAP Foundation Frederick Loewe Award.
Ben holds an M.F.A. from NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and a B.A. in Music Composition from Whitworth University. He's a proud member of ASCAP, the Dramatist Guild, and Local 802. He is currently Marc Shaiman's music associate.