Michael Mitnick

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Michael Mitnick
Born (1983-09-07) September 7, 1983 (age 40)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
EducationHarvard University (BA)
Yale University (MFA)
Notable worksThe Current War (2017)
Fly By Night (2014)
The Giver (2014)
Notable awardsDrama Desk Best Musical Nominee (2015)
SpouseJessica Brickman (m. 2019)

Michael Mitnick (born September 7, 1983) is an American playwright and screenwriter.

Early life[edit]

Mitnick grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended Fox Chapel Area High School, a public school in the Allegheny Valley. His father is a professor and the co-originator of The Theory of Agency.[1] His mother is a public librarian.[2] As a high school student, he worked in the graphic design department of WQED Pittsburgh and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.[3] Mitnick attended Harvard University, where he wrote or co-wrote four musical comedies, including one Hasty Pudding Theatricals show. His musical Snapshots had two off-Broadway performances in New York. He was a member of the A capella group The Krokodiloes. After graduating in 2006, Mitnick worked at The Atlantic Monthly[4] before earning his Master of Fine Arts degree in playwriting from The Yale School of Drama.[5]



Title Venue Year
Elijah Yale School of Drama 2010 with Lupita Nyong'o[6]
Babs the Dodo Washington Ensemble Theatre, Seattle 2011[7]
Sex Lives of our Parents Second Stage, New York 2011[8]
Ed, Downloaded Denver Center Theater Company 2013[9]
Spacebar a Broadway Play by Kyle Sugarman The Wild Project, New York 2014[10]
The Siegel South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa 2017[11]
Mysterious Circumstance The Geffen Playhouse, New York 2019[12]


Title Year
The Giver 2014[13]
The Current War 2017[14]
The Staggering Girl 2019
Muppet Man TBA[15]
Light of Days TBA


Title Year
Vinyl 2016[16]
Siegfried & Roy HBO limited series TBA
Dial M for Murder TBA


Mitnick co-wrote the holiday song "Christmas You Go So Fast," which was featured on Vinyl, an HBO series executive produced by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger.[17]

He also co-wrote, with Will Connolly and Kim Rosenstock, the musical, Fly By Night, which released a cast recording for its Off-Broadway run.[18]


Variety magazine selected Mitnick as one of "10 Screenwriters to watch" in 2013.[19] He received the 2012 Visionary Playwright Award from Theater Masters.[20] He is a two-time winner of the Edgerton New American Foundation Award, for The Siegel (2017) and Fly By Night (2011), the latter of which was also nominated for four 2015 Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical.[21]

Works in development[edit]

In May 2017, Deadline placed Mitnick's original screenplay Some Are Born Great on its 2017 Cannes Hotlist, and he was slated to direct the film.[22]

In May 2019, it was announced that Mitnick is working on a stage musical adaptation of the film Scotland, PA, set to premiere at Roundabout Theatre Company.[23]

Mitnick is reported to be writing the screenplay for a forthcoming Audrey Hepburn biopic.[24] He is also currently working on a limited series about Siegfried & Roy, adapting the Judy Batalion novel Light of Days, and adapting the anthology series Dial M for Murder for MGM.[25]


  1. ^ Mitnick, Barry M. (2017-11-11). "The Theory of Agency: A Framework" (PDF). SSRN. SSRN 1021642. Retrieved 2022-11-07.
  2. ^ "News Record from North Hills, Pennsylvania on November 6, 1995 · Page 8". newspapers.com. 6 November 1995. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  3. ^ "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on March 6, 2013 · Page 17". newspapers.com. 6 March 2013. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  4. ^ "| Harvard Magazine". harvardmagazine.com. November 2005. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  5. ^ "Talking About Our Parents' Sex Lives with Playwright Michael Mitnick". PAPERMAG. July 2011. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  6. ^ "Yale Drama Grad Lupita Nyong'o Wins Oscar For '12 Years A Slave' - Hartford Courant". courant.com. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  7. ^ "Preview: Babs the Dodo at Washington Ensemble Theatre". Seattle Met. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  8. ^ "Sex Lives of Our Parents Gets Inside Mom's Pants". Village Voice. 29 June 2011. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  9. ^ "Theater review: World premiere of "Ed, Downloaded" full of laughs and moral quandaries". The Denver Post. 23 January 2013. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  10. ^ Collins-Hughes, Laura (4 November 2014). "'Spacebar,' a Play About a Play, by Michael Mitnick". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  11. ^ "Michael Mitnick's The Siegel Portrays Love as the Horror Show It Is". OC Weekly. 13 April 2017. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  12. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (2021-04-21). "Jim Henson Biopic: Michael Mitnick Writing 'Muppet Man' For Disney & The Jim Henson Company". Deadline. Retrieved 2022-11-07.
  13. ^ David Edwards (19 September 2014). "Movie Review: The Giver (12A) 97mins". Daily Record. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  14. ^ "Toronto International Film Festival". tiff.net. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  15. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (2021-04-21). "Jim Henson Biopic: Michael Mitnick Writing 'Muppet Man' For Disney & The Jim Henson Company". Deadline. Retrieved 2022-11-07.
  16. ^ "Vinyl Recap: Progressions". vulture.com. 3 April 2016. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  17. ^ ACE. "ACE Repertory". ascap.com. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  18. ^ ""Fly By Night (Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording)" by Various Artists on iTunes". itunes.apple.com. 9 June 2015. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  19. ^ Variety Staff (26 November 2013). "10 Screenwriters to Watch". Variety. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  20. ^ "Visionary Playwrights". theatermasters.org. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  21. ^ Jeremy Gerard (June 2015). "'Hamilton' Wins 7 Drama Desk Awards, Prizes Multiply For Hot Musical". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  22. ^ Mike Fleming Jr (17 May 2017). "The Cannes Titles Buyers And Sellers Are Buzzing About". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  23. ^ "Adam Gwon's Scotland, PA Musical Sets World Premiere with Roundabout".
  24. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (2022-01-07). "Apple Lands Audrey Hepburn Biopic By Michael Mitnick; Rooney Mara Starring & Producing, Luca Guadagnino Directing". Deadline. Retrieved 2022-11-07.
  25. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (2021-01-05). "CAA Signs Scribe Michael Mitnick Of Upcoming MGM Series 'Dial M For Murder' & Amblin Pic 'The Light Of Days'". Deadline. Retrieved 2022-11-07.