Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Theatre
Jeff Thompson


JeffThompsonLG.jpgResident Composer for Pump Up the Volume! (2012)

Jeff ThompsonPump Up the Volume! (Composer), is a recipient of the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award, as well as the Dramatist Guild Musical Theatre Writing Fellowship. His songs have been featured in the York Theatre Company’s N.E.O Concert Series, Scott Alan’s Monday Nights New Voices programs in Chicago and New York, four sold out engagements at The Duplex and was a featured songwriter in the acclaimed “Songbook” series at Lincoln Center. His original musical TRAILS was performed at the 2010 Los Angeles Festival for New Americans Musicals as well as the New York Musical Theatre Festival winning him the 2010 NYMF award for excellence in music as well as the prestigious Stage Entertainment Development Award. TRAILS was also presented at the Village Theatre's Festival for New American Musicals in Seattle. Other projects include VIRTUALLY ME! for TheatreworksUSA, a pop musical adaptation of the cult hitJAWBREAKER ( book-writer Darren Stein), MADAME FURY’S TRAVELING SHOW (with TRAILS book-writer Christy Hall) and a rock musical adaptation of Allan Moyle’s PUMP UP THE VOLUME (Book and lyrics by Jeremy Desmon). Mr. Thomson is a proud member of the Dramatist Guild, ASCAP, The Humane Society and is an activist for Greyhound Rescue. He enjoys hiking, 80s rock and escaping to the Berkshires as often as possible.