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Nathan Birnbaum


Nathan Birnbaum is a writer, director, musician and producer who creates new work for the theater.

Mr. Birnbaum directed new plays by Michael Golamco, Goenawan Mohammad, Jessica Goldberg and Doug Cooney as part of the new play reading series he launched and produced for four seasons at Angels Gate Cultural Center. In 2011, he directed his own new play Presence at the Lost Studio in Hollywood. His writing is featured in the Gunfighter Nation collective’s 12-part radio play “In the Desert, a Highway,” currently being produced at California Institute of the Arts. Mr. Birnbaum’s L.A.-based production group Lunar River is currently producing a new play by first-time playwright Christopher Adams-Cohen.

Mr. Birnbaum scored and directed the music for many new plays and musicals around the United States, including more than 70 productions, workshops and special projects at the Mark Taper Forum. He collaborated on the world premieres of Tony Kushner’s Millennium Approaches, Robert Wilson’s King Lear: A Work-In-Progress, Bill Cain’s Stand Up Tragedy, James Reston, Jr.’s Jonestown Express and Jon Robin Baitz’s The Film Society. He served as music director and pianist for the Mark Taper Forum hit Cabaret Verboten, starring Bebe Neuwirth and Roger Rees. His music-theater works have been performed at the Taper, Trinity Square Repertory, the Sundance Institute, the Harold Prince Music Theater Workshop, the 1990 Los Angeles Festival, Highways Performance Space, and other venues. He has collaborated in music, theater and film with John Cage, Charles Mee, Jr., Adrian Hall, Steven Soderbergh, Luis Alfaro, John Fleck, Anthony Minghella, Shahid Nadeem, Hirokazu Kosaka, Oscar Eustis, Daniel Sullivan, Naomi Goldberg, John Hirsch, Snoo Wilson, Michael Weller, John Steppling, Michael Hackett, Robert Woodruff, Licia Perea, Eugene Lee, Robert Egan, Michael Lindsay-Hogg and many other artists.

Mr. Birnbaum holds a bachelor of arts from Stanford University, a master of arts from the University of California, San Diego, a Certificate of Advanced Study from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and is a graduate of the 2007 Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program for Nonprofit Leadership.