Lin-Manuel Miranda is an Emmy, Grammy, Tony, Olivier and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, lyricist and performer, and a 2015 MacArthur Foundation Award recipient. His groundbreaking musical, Hamilton, in which he starred and for which he wrote the book, music and lyrics, opened on Broadway in 2015 following a sold-out run at New York’s Public Theater. Hamilton earned a record-breaking 16 Tony Award nominations, winning 11, as well as won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical, the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, a record-breaking 10 Lortel Awards, 3 Outer Critic Circle Awards, 8 Drama Desk Awards, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best New Musical and an OBIE for Best New American Play. Material from the show was previewed at the White House during its first-ever Evening of Poetry and Spoken Word in 2009. Lin-Manuel was also honored with the Distinguished Performance Award by the Drama League in 2016.
Lin-Manuel’s first Broadway musical, In the Heights, received four Tony Awards (Best Score, Best Orchestrations, Best Choreography and Best Musical), as well as Lin-Manuel’s nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. The show won a 2009 Grammy for its Original Broadway Cast Album and was recognized as a Finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Drama.
Lin-Manuel is the co-composer and co-lyricist of Broadway’s Bring it On: The Musical (2013 Tony Nom., Best Musical; 2013 Drama Desk Nom., Best Lyrics in a Musical) and he contributed new songs to the revival of Stephen Schwartz’ Working and worked with Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim on Spanish translations for the Broadway Revival of West Side Story.
Lin-Manuel won an Emmy Award as the lyricist of the 2013 Tony Awards opening number, “Bigger,” and he co-founded Freestyle Love Supreme, a popular hip-hop improv group.