JACK MEGAN (Book, Music, Lyrics) Over the past twenty years, Jack has co-written and composed several musicals including A Crease In The Clock, Monopoly, and The Duchess of Pleasant Hill. The Kid Who Would Be Pope, a collaboration with his brother Tom, was a Next Link production at the 2011 New York Musical Theater Festival and was awarded the 2012 American Harmony Prize. Jack is Director of The Office for The Arts at Harvard University, which oversees and supports the activities of 3,000 student artists and faculty. Previously he served as director of development of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and was Executive Director of the Longy School of Music in Cambridge.
Tom Megan (Book, Music, Lyrics) has created and collaborated on many original musicals including A Vision, Jack, Sea Change, A Town Called Civility, and Surviving Ophelia. His work has been seen at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, Playwrights Horizon, the Eugene O'Neill National Music Theater Conference, New Tuner's Theatre in Chicago, Sacred Fools Theatre in West Hollywood, and Boston Music Theatre Project. Excerpts from A Vision, his musical about W.B. Yeats were presented at the Irish Repertory Theater's "Yeats Project" in 2009. He is recipient of the Yip Harburg Award, several ASCAP awards, a grant from the National Institute for Musical Theater and along with his brother Jack, the 2012 American Harmony Prize. Tom is a graduate of the NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Program and a member of the Dramatists Guild.
The American Academy of Arts and Letters was established in 1898 to "foster, assist, and sustain an interest in literature, music, and the fine arts." Election to the Academy is considered the highest formal recognition of artistic merit in this country. The Academy is currently comprised of 250 of America's leading voices in the fields of Art, Architecture, Literature, and Music. The Academy presents exhibitions of art, architecture, and manuscripts; and readings and performances of new musicals throughout the year, and is located in three landmark buildings designed by McKim, Mead & White, Cass Gilbert, and Charles Pratt Huntington on Audubon Terrace at 155 Street and Broadway, New York City.