Mel Marvin was born in Walterboro, South Carolina. He graduated from the College of Charleston with a B.S. in 1962. He went on to graduate from Columbia University with a M.A. in 1965. He has directed, composed and written several plays and over a hundred scores for musicals. He is a Faculty Composer and Director of Production of the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Theatre Communications Group. He is also a member of ASCAP, American Federation of Musicians, National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences and the Dramatists Guild.