John Gromada composed his first professional theatre score at the age of 22 for Jonathan Miller’s Broadway production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night, starring Jack Lemmon, Kevin Spacey and Peter Gallagher. In the 22 years since, he has become one of the most sought after composer/sound designers working in the theatre today.
 
On Broadway, he has written original scores for Next Fall, A Bronx Tale, Prelude to a Kiss, Heartbreak House, Rabbit Hole, Twelve Angry Men, Well, the Tony Award winning Proof; Sight Unseen, Enchanted April, The Retreat From Moscow; revivals of A Streetcar Named Desire, Summer and Smoke, and Twelve Angry Men at the Roundabout; and Holiday at Circle in the Square, Gromada’s music was also featured in the Broadway and road productions of the long-running A Few Good Men.
 
He has composed many scores for the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, most notably for Caryl Churchill's The Skriker (1997 Drama Desk Award),and Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal (1991 Obie Award). Other scores for the Public  include The Singing Forest, Henry V , Julius Caesar and Tartuffe, all at the Delacorte in Central Park.
 
Highlights of his extensive work in regional theatres include an original score for the Kennedy Center’s 2004 production of The Glass Menagerie , starring Sally Field. In 1997, Gromada completed a score for The Greeks, a seven hour production of ten Greek plays at the Alley Theatre in Houston. The score was performed live on early instruments and a battery of found percussion. Also at the Alley he composed music for Tony Kushner's Angels in America. The successful production was later a part of the 1995 Venice Biennale.
 
Gromada is an associate artist at the Hartford Stage Company, where he has written many scores for the company’s ambitious multi-year Tennessee Williams' cycle, as well as the current Horton Foote epic nine-hour ‘Orphans Home Cycle’. Gromada’s Tennessee Williams scores there include: Camino Real, Night of the Iguana, The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, and Red Devil Battery Sign. For Camino Real, he set several Williams monologues to music for singer/actress Betty Buckley who recorded and featured the songs on her album 'Heart to Heart'.
 
Gromada recently composed a score and main theme for the new Granada USA television series ‘The Interrogators, produced for A&E and now on the Biography Channel. Other film and video work include a score for the documentary ‘Gold’ produced for the Museum of Natural History; also,  Dahlia Wilde’s Rumble (Fox Searchlab 2002), Ant Colony directed by Tony Gerber (Side Streets), and Osceola Refetoff’s The Savage Sleep and Muffin Man. He has composed music for several national commercials, including spots for HBO and Cinemax.
 
His scores for dance include Jodi Melnick’s Wanderlust Kentucky at Dance Theatre Workshop; Randy Warshaw’s Sollie’s Cradle at the Joyce, as well as music for Sara Rudner, Martha Bowers, Mark Dendy, and Dancin’ In The Streets.
 
His awards include the Lucille Lortel Award, the Drama Desk Award, the Village Voice Obie award, a 1993 L.A  Drama-logue award, Connecticut Critics Circle Awards. He received a 1994-95 NEA opera/music theatre
fellowship to compose a new music-theatre work, The Incredible Adventures of Champagne Charlie, which was featured at the O'Neill Theatre Center's 1994 National Music Theatre Conference. For twenty-two consecutive years he has received ASCAP special awards for his theatrical composition work. Gromada has also received funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and Meet the Composer. He  has taught at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts and the Playwrights Horizons Theatre School.
 
Gromada’s work has been the subject of feature articles in the Village Voice, American Theatre Magazine, Early Music America, Theatre Crafts International, and other regional newspapers and periodicals. A 1986 graduate of Duke University, he studied composition there with Stephen Jaffe. he and his wife, Barbara Cohig, a scenic artist and designer, live in the Hudson River village of Nyack, New York with their two young daughters.
 
Gromada is represented by ICM - Patrick Herold and Thomas Pearson for theatrical work, Brice Gaeta for
film and video scores. For more information, or to license or commission scores, contact Brice Gaeta, International Creative Management 8942 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90211 (310) 550-4075 or Thomas Pearson (212) 556-7937