Mark Hollmann won the Tony Award, Obie Award, and the National Broadway Theatre Award for his music and lyrics to Urinetown the Musical, which went from the 1999 New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) to receive 10 Tony Award nominations and 11 Drama Desk Award nominations and win the Outer Critics Circle, the Drama League, and the Lucille Lortel Awards for best musical. His other shows as composer/lyricist include The Sting (Paper Mill Playhouse), ZM (Village Theatre Beta Series), Yeast Nation: The Triumph of Life (Perseverance Theatre, American Theatre Company, and FringeNYC), Bigfoot and Other Lost Souls (Perseverance Theatre), and The Girl, the Grouch, and the Goat (University of Kansas University Theatre and Chance Theatre). For TV, he has written songs for the Disney Channel's Johnny and the Sprites. He received his A.B. in music from the University of Chicago, where he won the Louis J. Sudler Award in the Performing and Creative Arts. His Illinois high school, Belleville Township High School East, named him to the inaugural class of its Wall of Fame. He has taught music composition for Columbia College Chicago and musical-theater songwriting for the Dramatists Guild Institute. He is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) and the Dramatists Guild of America and has served on the council of the Dramatists Guild as well as on the Tony Award Nominating Committee.