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Mark Evan Chimsky, librettist/lyricist

 

Mark Evan Chimsky is a queer poet and playwright who is dedicated to exploring themes of marginalization and injustice that will resonate with all audiences, and in particular the LGBTQIA+ community.

In his publishing career, Mark has edited a number of best-selling books, including Johnny Cash’s memoir, Cash.

Mark was editorial director of Harper San Francisco; director of trade paperbacks at Little, Brown; and editor-in-chief of the trade paperback division at Macmillan.

In addition, he has taught at New York University in New York and he currently teaches at Emerson College in Boston.

An award-winning poet, he is also a contributor to The Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, and Thrive Global. Mark is co-creator of The Road of Life, which received a staged reading in July 2014 at the Granite Theatre in Westerly, Rhode Island, and a workshop production in February 2016 at the Musical Theatre Society of Emerson College in Boston.

As a librettists and lyricist, he collaborated with Zev Burrows (music) on the original musical The Pledge, which received staged readings in September 2018 at the Sitting Shotgun theater company in Brooklyn, New York, and in May 2019 at the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts in Harrisonburg, Virginia.as part of James Madison University’s Madison New Works Lab.

The opening number from The Pledge was chosen for “Breaking Ground,” a concert of new musical theater songs at the 2018 New York Musical Festival.

Their short musical, J. and Dot, tied for “Best Play” in the Equity Library Theater’s Summer 2020 Virtual Play Festival.

In 2021, their short musical Albert will be given a staged reading by the Left Coast Theatre Co. in San Francisco. A member of the Dramatists Guild, Mark resides in Portland, Maine.

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