Lin-Manuel Miranda is an American composer, lyricist, librettist, rapper, and actor, best known for creating and starring in the Broadway musicals Hamilton and In the Heights. He was named one of 100 Most Influential People of 2016 by Time.com. He is a Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist. As an on-screen actor, he has appeared in The Sopranos, House, Modern Family, The Sex and the City Movie, and The Odd Life of Timothy Green. His reading of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe won him an AudioFile Earphones Award.
Jeremy McCarter wrote cultural criticism for New York magazine and Newsweek before spending five years on the artistic staff of the Public Theater, where he created, directed, and produced the Public Forum series. He served on the jury of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and is writing a book about young American radicals during World War One. He lives in Chicago.