About Creighton

  • Creighton first started making songs with his brothers in the rambling woods north of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He stayed there through college, attending the University of North Carolina as a Morehead Scholar, where he fell in love with writing musicals (putting on two full productions, Ran Together and Soul Notes, with grants from the university). After a stint studying and playing music in Kingston, Jamaica and working in a Safeway in Portland, OR, he headed to NYC, where he earned an MFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts' Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program ('08).  His thesis from NYU, Factory Girls, written with collaborator Sean Mahoney, travelled to Goodspeed Opera House  in East Haddam, CT as a part of their "Festival of New Artists." Subsequently, the show was selected for the National Alliance for Musical Theater's Festival of New Musicals and has been workshopped at PACE University, Boston Conservatory, the American Conservatory Theater, the Musical Theater Factory, and 11th Hour Company.   

    Making musicals also took Irons to Northern California,first to work with the Young Conservatory at ACT in San Francisco then for a residency on a cattle ranch in Mendocino County. ACT commissioned him to write music and lyrics for Homefront, with bookwriter Craig Slaight, and the show received its world premier there in 2011. Two years later, Staying Wild (with bookwriter Janet Allard) premiered in the same program. Creighton is currently working ona band-centered musical, The Moon and the Sea (with director David Alpert) and Marion, a new musical about sprinter Marion Jones. His shows have enjoyed productions in North Carolina, Boston, California, Connecticut, Philadelphia, and New York. In addition, his songs have been performed in cabarets across the country (Barrington Stages, selected by William Finn, Goodspeed  Musicals, Baldwin-Wallace, Emerson College), New York City (54 Below,  ArsNova, Birdland Jazz, Joe's Pub, The Canal Room, Lincoln Center, and  others), and the UK (The Breakaway Project in Dublin, The Willow Globe in Wales).        

    Creighton also works as a musical director (Dreamland, Working, Kudzu, The People v. Mona, Diamond Studs) and teaching artist (with the Roundabout Theatre, Lincoln Center Theater, Hunts Point Society for Children, the Shakespeare Society, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Playmakers Rep, and others). He has been an artist-in-residence at Lesley College, A.C.T., Boston Conservatory, and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. In addition, he has led songwriting and other performing arts workshops with Bank Street, Emerson College, Hartford Stage, Metro Nashville City Schools, Playmakers Repertory Theater, Woods Summer Wonders, Manhattan Shakespeare Society, and others.    

    Creighton currently lives in Nashville, TN, with his wife Dawn Landes, their daughter Callan, and their beloved mutt Scout.


Creighton Irons FULL ResumeTEACHING (pdf)