Dan Furman began playing piano and writing music at the age of 6 in Old Hickory, Tennessee (just outside of Nashville). He went on to study composition and jazz piano at Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio. Following school, he traveled to South America for a year, where he studied Latin music and played with “musica criolla” bands in Lima, Perú.
Back in the US, he spent a number of years as an political activist and organizer, working in industries ranging from meat-packing to railcar manufacturing. After moving to New York in 2003 to play jazz, Dan began writing for music theater as well. He spent 4 years in the BMI Lehman Engels Musical Theater Workshop and his musical, “RIP!,” (now “Impossible But True”), was featured in the 2011 Midtown International Theatre Festival. An immersive reimagining of the show was produced at Franklin 820, a Brooklyn bar, in May of 2018.
His collaboration with bookwriter Anita Gonzalez, “Ybor City,” was given a staged reading at the Lee Strasberg Institute in Manhattan in the summer of 2015, a studio production at the University of Michigan in early 2017 and was workshopped in Manhattan in early 2018. Dan is currently writing book, music and lyrics for The Proust Virus, a musical about video game characters who come to life. He has recently written songs for “Sign in the Six O’Clock Sky,” a play by Arnold Schulman which played at Theater for the New City in Manhattan in March, 2019. He lives with his wife, neuroscientist Kim Allen, in Brooklyn, and can often be heard playing jazz at Cleopatra’s Needle.