Dan Shore is an opera composer and playwright whose works include The Beautiful Bridegroom, An Embarrassing Position, Travel, The Chorus Girl, Lycopene, Downtown Diner, Works of Mercy, Anne Pedersdotter, and the forthcoming Lady Orchid, as well as numerous children's musicals. Awards and honors include first prize in the National Opera Association's Chamber Opera Composition Competition, first prize in the Astoria Performing Arts Center Playwriting Contest, a residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and a Composer Assistance Program grant from the American Music Center. His music has been performed in Boston's Jordan Hall, Philadelphia's Annenberg Center, the Gorki Theater in Berlin, St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, and the St. Johnsbury Correctional Facility in Vermont. He is an alumnus of the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and a Fulbright scholar; he holds a B.M. and M.M. from the New England Conservatory and a Ph.D. from the City University of New York. His principal teachers include Lee Hyla, Malcolm Peyton, Scott Wheeler, Andy Pape, David Del Tredici, and playwright Tina Howe. Former faculty at Baruch College, Emerson College, and the Boston Conservatory, Dan currently teaches at Xavier University of Louisiana.