As a College of Charleston student living in an apartment above the Dock Street Theatre, Mel Marvin discovered his love of music composition through local arts pioneers Emmett and Patricia Robinson. He composed works specifically for S.C. including “Jubalee” and “Rare Fine Towne,” musicals written with Patricia Robinson; “Song for a New Land: An American Theatre Mass,” written with Julian Wiles; and “Green Pond,” written with Robert Montgomery and commissioned by Stage South.
Marvin has written Broadway productions including Tony nominated “Tintypes,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Yentl,” “Fascinating Rhythm” and “A History of the American Film.” He was born and raised in Walterboro, S.C. and was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters by the College of Charleston in 2010. Marvin is the head faculty composer of the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, an M.F.A. program at NYU.