Jon Steinhagen is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists, a finalist for the first Noel Coward Award (2010) and winner of the Julie Harris Playwriting Award in 2009 for his comedy THE ANALYTICAL ENGINE. His musical, THE TEAPOT SCANDALS (for which he wrote book, music and lyrics) was produced by Porchlight Music Theatre and was nominated for a Jeff Award (Equity) in 2007 in the Best New Work category. He received a producer-author initiative grant from NAMT in 2005 and received an After Dark Award for Best New Work for THE TEAPOT SCANDALS. Mr. Steinhagen wrote the music and lyrics for the musicals PEOPLE LIKE US, INFERNO BEACH, EMMA & COMPANY, and THE ARRESTING DILEMMA OF MISTER K. He is currently working on the book, music, and lyrics for GREAT LOVER, based on the career of silent film idol Rudolph Valentino. Mr. Steinhagen's plays include THE ANALYTICAL ENGINE (Circle Theatre 2010), SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE (Syracuse University, 2010), VEXATIONS (New York Fringe, 2010), DATING WALTER DANTE (Raven Theatre, 2012), ACES (Signal Ensemble Theatre, 2011), PONZI ON SUNDAY, BLIZZARD '67 (Chicago Dramatists, 2012), RUNNING WITH THE PACK, THE PRELIMINARY DEATH OF CALVIN DEMAREST, and DEB AND DEBRA. His plays and musicals have been presented at theaters in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and at various festivals across the country. His collection of short plays, PERFECTLY NATURAL, was produced at the Midtown International Theatre Festival in NYC the summer of 2009. He is currently developing MASSACRE OF MICHIGAN AVENUE for Signal Ensemble Theatre. Mr. Steinhagen has received four Jeff Awards, five Jeff Nominations, and six After Dark Awards for musical direction, writing or acting. As an actor, he has performed leading roles in PLAZA SUITE, SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS, 1776, SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION, HEDDA GABLER, THE ODD COUPLE, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND, THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER, and BUS STOP. He has been musical director/pianist of numerous Chicago productions at Circle Theatre, Pegasus Players, Bohemian Theatre Ensemble, and Light Opera Works (to name a few), and is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Chicago Federation of Musicians, and PlayLab NYC, as well as an artistic associate of Porchlight Music Theatre and ensemble member of Signal Ensemble Theatre. His short ficiton appears in various literary journals, most recently in > kill author and Monkeybicycle.