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Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda
at Richardson-Mees Performing Arts Center
Monday, October 6
Open to the public, free admission
Lawrence Academy welcomes Lin-Manuel Miranda as this fall’s J. William Mees Visiting Scholar. Miranda is the Tony and Grammy-winning composer-lyricist of Broadway's In the Heights, which received four 2008 Tony Awards, with Miranda receiving a Tony Award for Best Score, and a nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. He is also the co-composer/co-lyricist of Broadway’s Bring it On: The Musical, which received a 2013 Tony Nomination for Best Musical.
Along with composer Tom Kitt, Miranda won the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy for Best Original Music and Lyrics for their work on the 67th Annual Tony Awards. Additionally, Miranda is a co-founder and member of Freestyle Love Supreme, a popular hip-hop improv group with a new television series premiering next month on Pivot TV. His latest stage work is Hamilton, a musical based on the life of Alexander Hamilton, which will premiere at the Public Theater in New York City in 2015.
Miranda will visit with students and teachers for improvisation and spoken word workshops during classes on October 6 and 7. The public is invited to the artist’s presentation Monday evening, which will include video of his work and an opportunity to ask questions.
Miranda’s visit is made possible by the J. William Mees Visiting Scholar Endowment Fund. Established in 2010 and named for a longtime former faculty member, the fund provides the means for Lawrence Academy students to have first-hand opportunities to learn what professionals do in their fields and how they go about being successful.