Meet Andy Roninson
Andy Roninson (BM, ’11)
Andy Roninson is a musical theater writer and music director in New York City. He received a 2019 Jonathan Larson Grant and a 2019-2020 Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellowship. He participated in the 2017 Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriter Project. He created and ran the first-of-its-kind musical podcast TAKE A TEN, which featured Broadway talent like Tony-nominees Laura Osnes and Rob McClure. Episodes of the podcast have been produced live around the world and won numerous awards including Best Musical (2x) at TNNY’s SOUND BITES festival, the 2016 City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting, and the top prize at the Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Short Play Festival, which included publication and licensing by Samuel French. He is a member of the Tony-honored BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Writing Workshop (Harrington Award, Sherman Scholarship), and was a James Moody Scholar at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, where he cowrote and coproduced two full-length musicals, Exorcism on Aisle Five and For The Birds.
Andy describes his experience at Purchase as follows:
Purchase College allowed me the freedom to pursue many different venues of expression, including funk, rock, rap, gospel choir, ballet accompaniment, and musical theater. Being surrounded by writers, artists, actors, producers, etc. allowed me to collaborate in monumental ways, including cowriting and coproducing two full-length musicals in the Humanities building. Because it’s so close to the city, I was able to go in once a week to develop my skills as a musical theater writer at the BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop, which snowballed to where I am today. And almost ten years out, I’m still friends with– and play gigs with— many of my classmates.