Who is Lin-Manuel Miranda? Lin-Manuel Miranda is a 41-year-old American composer, lyricist, actor, singer, and playwright from New York City. He is best known for creating and starring in the Broadway musicals Hamilton and In the Heights. He is also an Emmy, Grammy, and Tony award winner. Early Life Lin-Manuel was born to parents Luis and Luz, both of whom emigrated from Puerto Rico. He was raised in the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan where he attended Hunter College Elementary School and Hunter College High School. Lin-Manuel showed an interest in music at a young age and began writing his own rap lyrics at age 13. In high school he wrote a hip-hop musical called In the Heights which won several awards. Career Miranda went on to become a MacArthur Fellow in 2009 for his work with In the Heights. He then wrote and starred in the musical Hamilton which opened off-Broadway in February 2015. Hamilton went on to become an international sensation and won 11 Tony Awards in 2016. It was also nominated for 16 Tony Awards, making it the most nominated musical in history. He has also written songs for Disney's Moana (2016) and Mary Poppins Returns (2018). Awards & Accolades In addition to winning 11 Tony Awards for Hamilton, Miranda has won an Emmy Award for songwriting, a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, as well as three Drama Desk Awards. He has also been nominated for three Academy Awards and one Golden Globe Award. Legacy Lin-Manuel Miranda has made a lasting impact on popular culture with his revolutionary style of musical theatre. His work has been praised by critics and audiences alike for its mix of traditional Broadway elements with contemporary hip-hop music. His success has paved the way for future generations of composers to tell stories through music that reach audiences around the world.