Discipline: Theatre – libretto

Daniel Levin

Discipline: Theatre – libretto
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2005

Daniel Levin is a playwright, composer and lyricist living in Brooklyn. His musical, To Paint the Earth, written with composer Jonathan Portera, won the Richard Rodgers Development Award, was selected for the New York Musical Theatre Festival (37 Arts) and recently was part of From Page to Stage at the Southwark Playhouse in London.

His musical Spandex, about competitive aerobics in the 80s, was recently released as an audio musical with a sound team led by Tony-Award-Winning sound designer, Kai Harada. Daniel’s play, Hee-Haw: It’s a Wonderful Li_e (Nuyorican Poets Cafe), a counter-telling of the holiday classic, was called a “delightful surprise” by the New York Times.

Daniel's other works have been presented at La Mama, Long Wharf Theater, the 92nd Street Y’s Steinhardt Center, and 13th Street Rep, and and have been published in three editions of Applause Books' BEST AMERICAN SHORT PLAYS: 2008, 2010, and 2014.

Daniel served as a Jonathan Larson Memorial Fellow at the Dramatists Guild and is a MacDowell fellow. He holds an M.F.A. from NYU Tisch and a B.A. from Yale. Daniel was filmed in front of a live studio audience.

At MacDowell, he completed the libretto and most of the music for Campaign, a musical about a fictional senate campaign in Ohio. He also wrote drafts of two plays.

In 2004, he received a Richard Rodgers Development Award for his first full-length musical, To Paint the Earth, which was written with composer Jonathan Portera.



Daniel Levin worked in the Chapman studio.

Chapman Studio was funded by Mrs. Alice Woodrough Chapman in memory of her husband, composer George Alexander Chapman. Symmetrically massed, the building is stuccoed on the exterior with a natural, unpainted cement. Its unusual half-timbered ornament consists of slender, knotty spruce poles painted a dark green color. A central, peak-roofed entrance porch appears on the north side…

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