Northwestern University Music, Literature, and Artsby Sylviastel | created - 28 Jan 2015 | updated - 02 Feb 2015 | Public
Jack Anderson; New York Times dance critic.
Ernst Bacon; composer Mary Jo Bang; BA MA; 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award winner for poetry collection, "Elegy;" English professor at Washington University in St. Louis. Chris Bliss; juggler William Butler; BA 2005; Arcade Fire band member.
Mark Camphouse; composer and conductor. Dan Chaon; author Andrew Clements; author
Julia Davids; founding member and Artistic director of the Canadian Chamber Choir. Cynthia Dobrinski; handbell composer and clinician. Ivan Doig; BSJ, MSJ; novelist.
Shari Goldhagen; author. James Green (BA 1996) author.
Amir Hamed; Uruguaya writer. Myron Hunt; architect.
Payal Kapadia; MSJ 1999; author, winner of the 2013 Crossword Book Award for Children's Writing in India. Brendan Kelly; member of the Lawrence Arms. Ardis Krainik; BS 1951; former General Manager of Chicago Lyric Opera.
Karen A. Page; writer.
Tina Rosenberg; BA 1981, MSJ; Pulitzer Prize winning author and journalist. William M. Runyan; Christian songwriter who composed 'Great is Thy Faithfulness.'
Warren Spector; game designer. Michael Sprinker; former literary theorist.
Trevanian; author. Thomas Tyra; BA 1954; MA 1955; composer, music educator, bandmaster.
Kate Walbert; BA 1983; National Book Award nominated writer. Margaret Walker; BA 1935; poet and author.
Claire Zulkey; author.
2. Marie Arana
Writer | Girl Rising
Marie Arana is a writer, known for Girl Rising (2013) and The Liberation of One: The Defection of Romuald Spasowski. She has been married to Jonathan Yardley since March 21, 1999.
editor of the Washington Post Book World; Author of the National Book Award finalist, American Chica and the Cellophane novel.
3. Steven Bach
Producer | Mr. Billion
Steven Bach was born on April 29, 1938 in Pocatello, Idaho, USA. He was a producer and writer, known for Mr. Billion (1977), Butch and Sundance: The Early Days (1979) and Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven's Gate (2004). He was married to Werner Rohr. He died on March 25, 2009 in ...
4. Saul Bellow
Actor | Zelig
Saul Bellow was born on June 10, 1915 in Lachine, Québec, Canada as Solomon Bellows. He was a writer and actor, known for Zelig (1983), Henderson the Rain King and Thirty-Minute Theatre (1965). He was married to Janis Freedman Bellow, Alexandra Ionesco Tuleca, Susan Glassman, Alexandra Tschacbasov ...
BA 1937; Nobel Laureate
5. Andrew Bird
Soundtrack | The Muppets
Andrew Bird was born on July 11, 1973 in Illinois, USA as Andrew Wegman Bird.
BM 1995; singer songwriter.
Writer | Rockville CA
7. Grace Bumbry
Actress | Carmen
Grace Bumbry was born on January 4, 1937 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. She is an actress, known for Carmen (1969), The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) and Aïda (1977). She was previously married to Andreas Jaeckel.
Writer | Jealous Husband Returns
Son is television editor/director Joshua Butler.
BS 1967; Pulitzer Price winning author.
Producer | The Affair
BS 1992; playwright and Boston University professor.
12. Mary Dunleavy
Actress | Lincoln
13. Wilma Dykeman
Self | The Electric Valley
Wilma Dykeman was born on May 20, 1920 in Asheville, North Carolina, USA. She was married to James R. Stokely Jr. She died on December 22, 2006 in Asheville.
14. Timothy Ferris
Writer | Dark Universe
MA 1965; former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
16. Gillian Flynn
Writer | Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn was born on February 24, 1971 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. She is a writer and producer, known for Gone Girl (2014), Widows (2018) and Sharp Objects (2018). She has been married to Brett Nolan since 2007. They have two children.
MS; former Entertainment Weekly television critic.
17. Kyle Gann
Composer | The Planets
Kyle Gann is a composer, known for The Planets (2011), Trimpin: The Sound of Invention (2009) and Tones, Drones and Arpeggios: The Magic of Minimalism (2018).
18. Chester Gould
Writer | Dick Tracy
Chester Gould was interested in comics from an early age. He wrote and drew several strips while attending Oklahoma A&M University and at Northwestern University (where he graduated in 1921). After graduating from the Chicago Art Institute in 1923, Gould went to work for a Chicago area newspaper. ...
19. Ayun Halliday
Actor | Hamlet
actor and author
20. Howard Hanson
Soundtrack | Alien
Composer, conductor and educator, himself educated at the University of Nebraska School of Music (with an honorary Music Degree), Juilliard, Northwestern University (honorary Music Degree), the American Academy (Prix de Rome), Syracuse University, the Horner Institute, Augustana College and ...
21. Aleksandar Hemon
Writer | Sense8
MA 1996; author and MacArthur Fellow.
22. Sheldon Harnick
Music_department | Fiddler on the Roof
Sheldon Harnick was born on April 30, 1924 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Sheldon Mayer Harnick. He has been married to Margery Gray since October 1965. He was previously married to Elaine May and Mary Boatner.
24. William Lava
Soundtrack | A Serious Man
He was an extremely prolific and capable film composer, educated at Northwestern University. He studied conducting with Albert Coates, and came to Hollywood in 1936. His chief collaborators were Harry Tobias, Stan Jones, Max Steiner, Sammy Cahn, Franz Waxman, Henry Mancini, Ray Heindorf, and Frank ...
25. Laura Lippman
Writer | Every Secret Thing
Laura Lippman was born on January 31, 1959 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. She is a writer, known for Every Secret Thing (2014), The Wire (2002) and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005). She is married to David Simon. They have one child.
BSJ; mystery novelist.
26. Margaret Lloyd
Actress | Great Performances
Writer | Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin is an American novelist and short-story writer in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres, a screenwriter, and television producer. He is known for his international bestselling series of epic fantasy novels, A Song of Ice and Fire, which was later adapted into the HBO ...
BSJ 1970; MSJ 1971; author.
28. Luke Matheny
Director | God of Love
Luke Matheny was born on December 23, 1976 in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA. He is a producer and director, known for God of Love (2010), Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street (2014) and Maron (2013).
29. Sherrill Milnes
Actor | Tosca
Writer | The Time Traveler's Wife
Audrey Niffenegger was born on June 13, 1963 in South Haven, Michigan, USA. She is a writer, known for The Time Traveler's Wife (2009), Jakob and the Angels (2007) and The Real History of Science Fiction (2014).
32. Bruce Norris
Actor | The Sixth Sense
34. Marge Piercy
Writer | The Bonsai Tree
novelist and poet.
35. Leslie Pietrzyk
36. Neal Pollack
Writer | Alternadad
BSJ 1992; satirical author and journalist.
37. Joshua Radin
Soundtrack | Adam
38. Kathy Reichs
Writer | Bones
Kathy Reichs was born on July 7, 1948 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Kathleen Joan Toelle. She is a writer and producer, known for Bones (2005), Wolfe and Crime Connections (2012). She has been married to Paul Aivars Reichs since 1968. They have three children.
39. Steve Rodby
Producer | Pat Metheny: The Unity Sessions
40. Ned Rorem
Composer | Ned Rorem: Word & Music
41. Veronica Roth
Writer | Divergent
New York Times best selling author.
42. Karen Russell
Winner of a 2013 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.
BA 2003; author
43. Thom Russo
Music_department | Spider-Man
Thom Russo is a multi-Grammy award-winning American record producer, composer, programmer, songwriter, and mixer.
He is originally from Cleveland, Ohio; he studied computer music and music theory at Northwestern University, in Chicago, Illinois.
Russo is best known for a widely diverse career, ...
BA 1988; Grammy winning record producer, mixer, and musician.
44. David Sanborn
Soundtrack | Lethal Weapon 2
46. Sandra Seacat
Actress | Crazy in Alabama
From the mid-1970s on, Sandra Seacat has been one of America's more sought-after and influential acting teachers/coaches. A method-based actor and teacher, closely associated with the Method's originator, her mentor Lee Strasberg, Seacat gradually became recognized as well for her groundbreaking ...
actress, acting teacher, coach, director.
47. Sidney Sheldon
Writer | Easter Parade
Sheldon was born in Chicago on February 17, 1917. He began writing as a youngster and at the age of ten he made his first sale of a poem for $10. During the Depression, he worked at a variety of jobs and while attending Northwestern University he contributed short plays to drama groups.
author; never graduated.
48. Philip Skinner
Actor | La Rondine
BA Film 1989; singer, songwriter, lead vocalist of Dog Eye's View.
51. Frederick Swann
Location_management | Wrecked
organist and President of the American Guild of Organists.
52. Jerod Tate
Music_department | To the Wonder
Praised and honored for "his ability to effectively infuse classical music with American Indian nationalism (Washington Post, Nov. 23, 2005)," Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate, born in 1968 in Norman, Oklahoma, is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and its Composer-in-Residence. Tate is dedicated to the...
Composer | All-Star Orchestra
BM 1987; composer.
54. Walter Wager
Writer | Die Hard 2
Graduated from Harvard Law School. Was a Fullbright Fellow at the Sorbonne in Paris, and diplomatic advisor to Israel's Director of Civil Aviation, and editor of "Playbill" & "Show". Has written articles to magazines, written novles under a psuedonym and written documetaries for television and for ...
55. Nike Wagner
Self | Lesen! Mit Elke Heidenreich
Nike Wagner was born on June 9, 1945 in Überlingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. She is married to Jürg Stenzl. She was previously married to Jean Launay.
56. Doug Wamble
Music_department | The Central Park Five
M.M. 1997; musician and composer.
59. Rachael Yamagata
Soundtrack | In Her Shoes
Husky-voiced singer, songwriter, pianist, and guitarist Rachael Yamagata was born on September 23, 1977 in Arlington, Virginia. Her father is a Japanese-American attorney and Harvard graduate who works in Washington, D.C. while her mother is a German-Italian artist and painter based in New York ...
BS 1997; musician.