Thrilled to be a part of the R & H family - playwright, composer, and lyricist, Mark Friedman fell in love with musicals at an early age. Watching his favorites - Peter Pan, Cinderella, Singing in the Rain, Music Man (to name just a few) - on TV, prompted him and his brothers to build their own theatre in the basement of their home, complete with lighting grid and sound system, performing for family and friends in the neighborhood. Earning a BS in Education and a Master of the Arts, Mark has enjoyed a versatile career as a successful writer, actor, director, educator, and studio producer. With songs and recordings published worldwide, Mark has scripted events and composed music for conventions, has given master classes in drama and playwriting, and is a sought after speaker at seminars around the country. He was the co-founder of the first free Shakespeare Festival in Cincinnati, started a unique lunch-theatre for children called Peanut Butter Theatre, and helped to launch the Artreach Touring Theatre. He formed and performed with a theatre group for inner-city schools called The Good News Company, and toured the country as an actor and musician with the Fountain Square Fools. Mark and his collaborator, Janet Yates Vogt, have written musicals that have played across the United States and the world. Their TYA titles include: Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale, The Magical Adventures of Merlin, How I Became a Pirate, Sleepy Hollow: A Musical Tale, Anne of Green Gables, Mr. Scrooge: A Musical Christmas Carol, Jingle Arrgh the Way, Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Crown Jewel, and Snow White and the Prince. Their Non-TYA works include: Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical – which has played across the United States and recently had it London (UK) premiere, River of Freedom, and War Games: Marriage on the Front Lines. In development is a look at the life of the infamous bootlegger, George Remus. Although most grateful for his theatre successes, Mark considers his best productions to be his children: Emily, who works in New York City as a writer and producer, and Christopher, a music technology student at New York University (Steinhardt). You can find Mark on Facebook or on Twitter @markfcomposer.