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Steven Levenson

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Steven Levenson
Levenson at BookExpo America in 2018
Levenson at BookExpo America in 2018
BornMay 1984 (age 37)
OccupationPlaywright, television writer
Alma materBrown University
Notable worksDear Evan Hansen
Notable awardsTony Award for Best Book of a Musical
SpouseWhitney May

Steven Levenson (born May 1984)[1] is an American playwright and television writer. He won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for Dear Evan Hansen.

Early life

Levenson was raised in Bethesda, Maryland and attended St. Andrew's Episcopal School and Brown University. He originally studied theater and English but then turned to playwriting. In discussing his interests in writing, he said: " does seem that a lot of my work tends to move in that [family] direction. I do find the dynamics in the family to be fascinating and endlessly variable. Family is, obviously, among the most universal experiences."[2] Although he writes for television as well as the stage, he said: "Theater will always be my first love."[2]



Levenson wrote the book for the musical Dear Evan Hansen which opened on Broadway in December 2016, after premiering at the Arena Stage in Washington, DC in 2015.

His stage playwriting credits include The Language of Trees (2008, Roundabout Theatre Company Black Box Theatre) and Seven Minutes in Heaven (2009).[3][4]

The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin was produced Off-Broadway by the Roundabout Theatre Company at the Laura Pels Theatre, opening in June 2013. The play was produced under the Roundabout Theatre's New Play Initiative.[5][6]

His play If I Forget opened Off-Broadway at the Laura Pels Theatre on February 22, 2017 and closed on April 30, 2017. Directed by Daniel Sullivan the cast featured Jeremy Shamos, Kate Walsh and Maria Dizzia.[7]

His play Days of Rage opened at the Off-Broadway Second Stage Theater's Tony Kiser Theatre on October 2, 2018 with direction by Trip Cullman. The play concerns activists in the late 1960s.[8] Days of Rage was earlier presented at the Hartford Stage Brand New Play Festival in a reading in November 2011, directed by Darko Tresnjak.[9][10]


He was a writer for the Showtime series Masters of Sex, which ran for four seasons, from 2013 to 2016.[11]

He served as showrunner for the FX biographical miniseries Fosse/Verdon about the lives of director-choreographer Bob Fosse and actor-singer Gwen Verdon. The series premiered in 2019.


He penned the screenplay for Lin-Manuel Miranda's film adaptation of Jonathan Larson's biographical musical tick, tick... Boom!, which was produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard and will be released on Netflix in the fall of 2021.[12][13] He also adapted his and Pasek and Paul's script for Stephen Chbosky's film adaptation of Dear Evan Hansen, which will be released on September 24, 2021.[14] He will next pen the script for the remake of Fiddler on the Roof, which will be directed by Thomas Kail.[15][16]

Personal life

Levenson is married to Whitney May, who has worked in art history and design history. They have a daughter, born in 2015.[1]

Awards and nominations

Year Work Award Category Result Ref.
The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin Outer Critics Circle Awards John Gassner Award Won
Dear Evan Hansen Obie Awards Musical Theatre Won
Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Book of a Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway) Won
Tony Awards Best Book of a Musical Won
If I Forget Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Play Nominated
Drama League Awards Outstanding Production of a Play Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play Won
Fosse/Verdon Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Limited Series Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special Nominated


  1. ^ a b Klug, Lisa. "This nice Jewish boy just nabbed 9 Tony nominations" Times of Israel, May 3, 2017
  2. ^ a b Traiger, Lisa."Questions & answers with … Steven Levenson" washingtonjewishweek, July 29, 2015
  3. ^ Amatenstein, Sherry (March 24, 2017). "Steven Levenson on Writing 'Dear Evan Hansen' and 'If I Forget'" Paste Magazine. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  4. ^ Bacalzo, Dan. "Review. 'The Language of Trees'", October 29, 2008
  5. ^ "Roundabout Opens 'The Unavoidable Disappearance Of Tom Durnin' Tonight", June 26, 2013
  6. ^ The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin, retrieved May 7, 2018
  7. ^ a b If I Forget, retrieved May 7, 2018
  8. ^ McPhee, Ryan. "Kate Baldwin and Bryce Pinkham to Star in World Premiere of Tom Kitt and John Logan’s 'Superhero' for Second Stage" Playbill, May 9, 2018
  9. ^ Days of Rage, retrieved May 9, 2018
  10. ^ "Hartford Stage's Brand:NEW 2011 Runs 11/3-6", November 3, 2011
  11. ^ Gelman, Vlada (November 30, 2016). "Masters of Sex Is Done at Showtime". TVLine. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
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  13. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (January 12, 2021). "Netflix Unveils A 2021 Film Slate With Bigger Volume & Star Wattage; Scott Stuber On The Escalating Film Ambition". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on January 12, 2021. Retrieved January 12, 2021.
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  17. ^ The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin, retrieved May 7, 2018
  18. ^ 2016 Winners Obie Awards
  19. ^ " 'Dear Evan Hansen' 's Steven Levenson Wins 2017 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical", June 11, 2017
  20. ^ "71st Emmy Awards Nominees and Winners". Television Academy. Retrieved 22 January 2020.

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