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Michael Wartofsky is a professor in the Songwriting Department, where he established an undergraduate minor in musical theater writing in 2015, cofounded the annual Curtain Up musical theater student songwriting contest and concert, and won a Distinguished Faculty Award in 2018. His album All the Possibilities: Broadway Sings Wartofsky on Yellow Sound Label, features 12 breathtaking Broadway voices interpreting his original songs. His upcoming musical LATE, with the book and lyrics by Kathleen Cahill, responds to the epidemic of school shootings.
Wartofsky composed the musicals Car Talk: The Musical!!! and Cupcake, both produced in Boston in 2012, and wrote the music and lyrics for The Man in My Head, starring Darius de Haas, at the New York Musical Theatre Festival 2006. In 2014, he was a finalist in the Davenport Musical Theater Songwriting Contest, and his song "Without Your Love" was released on Write This Way, a solo album by John Michael Dias. In 2013, Wartofsky's songs were featured in the revue Never Far from Home at Central Square Theater, with a script by Broadway playwright Lydia Diamond, and in The Concert, hosted by Seth Rudetsky, at Second Stage in New York City. The Broadway Boys have performed "All the Possibilities" on numerous occasions, and it was named one of the top 25 songs of 2012 by ContemporaryMusicalTheatre.com
"I want to empower my students to discover new methods of creation, vocabulary, tools, and habits for success, and faith in their own power to transform the foundation they gain at Berklee into a lifetime of learning, creating, and inspiring the next generation."
"As a frequent collaborator in musical theater, I challenge my students to find the best in each other through frequent cowriting. And as successful musicals surprise the audience, I expand that concept of surprise to all songwriting, providing the listener with something fresh that they didn't know they wanted."