Elizabeth Swados, who composed the music for The Merchant of Venice previously composed music at the A.R.T. for Andrei Serban's production of The Good Woman of Setzuan and for Susan Sontag's Jacques and His Master. Her Broadway credits include The Cherry Orchard, Agamemnon, Doonesbury, and Runaways. Recent work includes her collaboration with Andrei Serban on Cymbeline for the New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park, and previously she composed for the Public Theater's productions of Dispatches, Alice in Concert, Haggadah, Lullabye and Goodnight, Jerusalem, and Jonah. Her off-Broadway credits include Groundhog, The Prince and the Pauper, The Trilogy, The Good Woman of Setzuan, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, and Rapmaster Ronnie, among many others. She has received five Tony award nominations, three Obie awards, and an Outer Critics Circle Award, as well as Guggenheim, Ford, and Covenant Fellowships and a Stephen Spielberg Righteous Person Grant. She is the author of six children's books, three novels, and two nonfiction books. Her most recent novel, Flamboyant, is in stores now.