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James Salem

​(he/him) is a Puerto Rican/Syrian Jewish queer bookwriter, lyricist, and composer, born and raised in Brooklyn. In 2021, James was a finalist, with Josh Ben-Ami, for the Marvin Hamlisch International Music Award for emerging musical theatre artists. James is especially interested in telling nuanced stories about characters that are not often given the spotlight and in creating theatre that is both inclusive and broadly accessible. ​

James holds an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU Tisch (2020), a JD from NYU Law (2016), and a BA in Theatre and Political Science from CUNY Hunter (2013).

James is also a licensed and practicing attorney, a board game enthusiast, and a dog lover. 

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