James Lapine holds an MFA in Design from the California Institute of the Arts. Lapine has written and directed the plays Table Settings, Luck, Pluck and Virtue, The Moment When, Fran's Bed and Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing. He has written the book for and directed Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Passion and the multi-media revue Sondheim on Sondheim. He also directed Merrily We Roll Along as part of Encores! at New York City Center. With William Finn he has collaborated on March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland—later presented on Broadway as Falsettos, A New Brain, Muscle and Little Miss Sunshine at 2nd Stage Theatre. On Broadway he has also directed David Henry Hwang’s Golden Child, The Diary of Anne Frank, Michel Legrand’s Amour, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He is the recipient of three Tony Awards, five Drama Desk Awards and the Pulitzer Prize. In 2011, he was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. Lapine is a member of the Dramatist Guild Council and for the last 12 years has been a mentor for TDF's Open Doors Program. He currently lives in New York City.