UVU Roots of Knowledge speaker series welcomes Pasek and Paul


pasekandpaulUtah Valley University’s Roots of Knowledge speaker series welcomes Oscar and Golden Globe-winning songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Known for “The Greatest Showman,” “La La Land,” and “Dear Evan Hansen,” the duo will be speaking at UVU on Monday, February 26. Although the event is sold out, there is a wait list available at https://goo.gl/a4u2cB.


Stephen Pullen, dean for the School of the Arts said, “We are so excited to have Pasek and Paul coming to UVU and we’re especially thrilled that they’ll be working with our students in musical theatre and music composition.” He continued, “It wasn’t long ago that they were college students themselves and now they’re one of the biggest songwriting teams in the world. It will be great for our students to see the possibilities for success that Pasek and Paul embody.”


Date: February 26, 2018

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Location: Utah Valley University, Lockhart Arena

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul will treat guests to a presentation of their career in songwriting for stage, TV and film—which will also include performances from their catalog of award-winning music.


About Benj Pasek & Justin Paul

BENJ PASEK and JUSTIN PAUL are the Tony, Oscar® and Golden Globe-winning songwriting team behind the Broadway musicals Dear Evan Hansen (Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Obie Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Helen Hayes Award) and A Christmas Story, The Musical (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award nominations). Other musicals include Dogfight, (Lucille Lortel Award winner, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, London Evening Standard Awards nominations), James and The Giant Peach, and Edges. Film projects include: The Greatest Showman (Fox), La La Land (Lionsgate), Trolls (Dreamworks Animation). Upcoming film projects include Snow White (Walt Disney Pictures); Medusa (Sony Pictures Animation); Aladdin (Walt Disney Pictures). TV credits include Smash, Sesame Street, The Flash and Johnny and the Sprites, and Fox’s A Christmas Story live musical. Additional honors: Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theatre (American Academy of Arts and Letters); ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award; Jonathan Larson Award. Both are graduates of the University of Michigan Musical Theatre program and members of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.






About Utah Valley University

Utah Valley University is home to more than 37,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community college, state college, and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees.