T.J. Shanoff (co-writer/lyrics) has served as a writer, director, musical director, host/emcee, and producer for nearly twenty years. T.J.’s recent project, Blank! The Musical (co-creator/director), opened to rave reviews Off-Broadway at New World Stages in NYC.
Since 1997, T.J. has worn multiple hats for The Second City, including co-creating Rod Blagojevich Superstar and Rush Limbaugh! The Musical with writing partner Eddie Furman. With Mr. Furman, T.J. co-created and co-produced Lanyard Skynerd: A Southern Rock Musical in 2013.
Directing credits include: The Second City’s 50th Anniversary tour, Chicago Live! (WGN/Chicago Tribune/Second City), and the inaugural Best Of The Second City productions aboard the Norwegian Epic and Norwegian Breakaway cruise ships. Musical Direction includes An Evening with Martin Short, The Second City National Touring Company, Songs Of The Second City, The Chicago & Midwest Emmy Awards, Chicago Live!, and The Roof Is On Fiddler (also co-creator & director).
On the air, T.J. co-hosted the nationally syndicated morning drive talk show on Sporting News Radio, filled in on WLUP-FM alongside Shadoe Stevens, and co-hosted a weekend talk show on WCKG-FM with Susanna Negovan.
A native Near North Side Chicagoan, T.J. is a “14 year vet” alumnus of the Latin School, trained and taught over countless wonderful summers at Harand Camp Of The Theater Arts, and graduated from Emerson College in Boston, MA. Love to my beautiful wife Kerry and The Beatles, though not necessarily in that order. www.tjshanoff.com