Ben Bonnema

New York, NY, USA


Ben Bonnema is a Jonathan Larson Award-winning composer-lyricist. The New Yorker recently raved about his show THE APPLE BOYS, calling it “a bushelful of delights” and that he wrote “clever, catchy songs.” It had its world premiere at HERE Arts Center in November 2018 (book by Jonothon Lyons). He wrote book, music & lyrics to Adult Swim's PETER PANIC, a musical video game that's been played by over a million people (developed by James Marion). His slumber party musical, BOYS WHO TRICKED ME, was called "heart-healing musical theatre" by Joshua Barone of the New York Times. Other full-length: ONE WAY, with Christopher Staskel (2018 Johnny Mercer Colony at Goodspeed, 2017 Yale Institute finalist, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat 2017, reading at Playwrights Horizons) and THE LOST GIRL with Arianna Rose (Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival). He contributed additional sound design and composition to Punchdrunk's award winning show SLEEP NO MORE. Ben holds an M.F.A. from NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.