Nikko Benson is a New York-based writer and performer, a recipient of a 2016 Jonathan Larson grant, and an O’Neill Music Theater Conference Finalist. His projects include Nikola Tesla Drops The Beat (w/ Benjamin Halstead, Adirondack Theater Festival); Start Again (Musical Theater Factory); The Pledge (w/ Christopher Staskel, Prospect Theater); In Pursuit of Magic, and Oklahoma Smith: A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Musical (w/ Chris Schultz and Mike Marrero, Key West Theater). He and his songs were featured in Broadway: The Next Generation at the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage, as well Brian Stokes Mitchell’s Plays With Music, William Finn’s Ridiculously Talented concert series, and Shakina Nayfack’s One Woman Show. His work has received development residencies with Village Theater Festival, Pace New Musicals, the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project, Catwalk, and Goodspeed Writers Colony. Nikko is a founding member of the Musical Theater Factory, a teaching artist at The Performing Arts Project, a graduate of NYU’s Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program, and a member of ASCAP.