Andrew Lippa is an American composer, lyricist, book writer, performer, and producer, and the resident artist at the Ars Nova Theater in New York City. He went to Oak Park High School in Oak Park, Michigan. He was born on December 22, 1964 in Leeds, England. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Lippa began work in New York in 1987 as a middle school teacher and administrator at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School. He then went on to a successful music career.