Nolan Doran is a NYC based collaborative artist who has worked across theatre, music and film with hit makers such as Desmond Child, Michael Mayer, Margo Lion, and dance legend Merce Cunningham. Original works include: “Woody - A New Fairy Tale” (Main Street Musicals Award), "The Lesson" co-written with Avi Amon (Theatre Barn Dance Workshop), “The Spectrum” (Azalea Film Festival), “The King” (L.A. Indie Film Festival Best Song) and music for Ayodele Casel’s, “While I Have the Floor” with Avi Amon (Spoleto Festival). He is currently a Co-Producer and Assistant Director for "Head Over Heels" at The Hudson Theatre on Broadway and its San Francisco run at the Curran. Previous Broadway: Associate Director for "CHESS" at Kennedy Center Broadway Series, Associate Director for Michael Moore’s, “Terms of My Surrender” and "Hillary on Broadway".
His journey as a writer and performer has taken him around the world from an early age. Along the way, he has collaborated with some of the top music hit-makers such as Desmond Child, Joshua Thompson, and David "Pic" Conley of Surface, to Tony Award winning Director, Michael Mayer and Broadway Producer Margo Lion. He was fortunate to work with Merce Cunningham and Ray Kass in the Mountain Lakes Workshop series on a recreation of John Cage's “STEPS,” which premiered as a documentary at the Lincoln Center as part of the MCDC Legacy Tour. He even performed for Michael Jackson, twice!
Favorite regional performance credits include: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Sweet Charity, The Wizard of Oz, Floyd Collins, Pippin, Ragtime, Curtains, My Fair Lady, The King and I, and various Royal Caribbean & Celebrity Cruises productions.
Nolan is a M.F.A. Graduate of the NYU Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. When he’s not busy producing new works, he's writing and creating new music and Musical Theatre works behind the scenes. Nolan's songwriting style infuses an eclectic mixture of R&B, Pop, Gospel, and Jazz styles into strong melodies, memorable hooks, and thoughtful free flowing character-driven lyrics. His musical influences range from the likes of Walter Afanasieff, David Foster, Brian McKnight, Kim Burrell, Ira & George Gershwin, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and Jonathan Larson.
His theatre songs have been performed at the Goodspeed Opera house for the NYU New Writer's Residency, the Multicultural Sonic Evolution (MuSE) “Songs for Hope” series, and The West Village Musical Theatre Festival, winning best song and best score, and his musical, “WOODY – A New Fairytale” was performed around the country as a winner of 2016 The Mainstreet Musical Award and participated in NYMF in NYC. He is a proud member of A.G.M.A, E.M.C., A.S.C.A.P., the Dramatist Guild.