Drew Fornarola is a songwriter, playwright and producer from New York City. He has written for DreamWorks' Shrek and VeggieTales franchises, and is currently the artistic director of STARRING BUFFALO. Film: VeggieTales Noah's Ark (DreamWorks Animation) starring Wayne Brady. Theater: STRAIGHT (2016 New York Times Critics' Pick, translated for productions in Spanish, German, French and Hebrew); Claudio Quest (winner of six NYMF Awards for Excellence, 2018 Ovation Award Nominee for Best Score); Shrek The Halls: The Musical (DreamWorks Theatricals), Molly Shannon’s Tilly The Trickster (Atlantic Theater Company, collaboration with Saturday Night Live's Molly Shannon); Thucydides (Winner of Samuel French Play Festival, Samuel French); COLLEGE The Musical (MTVu Award, Hippodrome State Theatre, Dramatic Publishing Company); and 2 musicals for children. Awards: NYMF Award for Excellence in Lyrics, John Wallowitch Award for Songwriting, 2018 Ovation Award Nomination, Finalist for the Kleban Award and Richard Rodgers Award, and seven-time MAC Award nominee as a cabaret artist. Concerts: Lincoln Center, Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway au Carre (Paris), London Theatre Workshop (London), Bar Fedora at Au Lac (Los Angeles), MusicalFare (Buffalo), The Duplex, Joe's Pub, Symphony Space. Teaching: Broadway Dreams Foundation faculty member since 2014, guest lectures at colleges around the country. Other: Drew provided string arrangements for #1 charting Japanese band CREAM, and his original score for Buddy Thomas' Devil Boys from Beyond (New World Stages) is available for licensing from Samuel French. He is the co-creator and host of the critically acclaimed Madame Mathieu's Soiree, an avant-garde variety show now in its third season in the West Village. In Development: TIANANMEN premiered in concert at 54 Below starring Tony Award-winner Ruthie Ann Miles and Telly Leung. Education: B.A. Princeton, J.D. Fordham, Alumnus BMI Musical Theatre Workshop.