Anderson Cook

“Hamlet” Co-Lyricist for Polonius

Anderson Cook is a writer & producer located in Los Angeles. He writes musicals, podcasts, film, and television. He’s a cofounder of Super Normal Media.

Recent work includes writing and directing ACADEMY (Amazon Music & Wondery) and writing and producing WHO KILLED AVRIL LAVIGNE? (Best Podcasts of 2022 from the Guardian, the CBC, Podchaser, Audible and more). He’s also created original scripted podcasts for Spotify and At Will Media.

His musicals have been produced all over the world, including at the Theatre fur Neidersachsen in Germany, the Boston Conservatory, the Prospect Theater Company, Dixon Place, (le) poisson rouge, and bars, basements, and back rooms across New York City.

His screenplays have been awarded and supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Film Independent, the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowship, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, and the Tribeca Film Festival.

He’s taught writing at the City University of New York, in high schools in four boroughs of NYC, and in correctional facilities on Rikers Island. He volunteers with the Petey Greene Program and the PEN America Prison Writing Program as a tutor, mentor, and editor. He’s passionate about prison abolition.

His belief in the transformative power of education and the written word comes from his grandfathers: Vincent Cook, who grew up in an orphanage on a reservation in South Dakota and went on to serve as an architect of the Space Shuttle program, and Richard Halloran, a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne who served as the chief military correspondent for the Washington Post and the New York Times.

Proud member of the Dramatists Guild and the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writing Workshop. BFA from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and MFA from the School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon.

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