VALERIE VIGODA (Co-Author - Book, Music and Lyrics) is the founding member of GrooveLily. Originally from McLean, Virginia, Valerie is a classically-trained musician, honours graduate of Princeton University, and former Army lieutenant. She has toured the world with Cyndi Lauper (opening for Tina Turner and Cher), Joe Jackson and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. She founded GrooveLily in 1994, with a critically-acclaimed CD called Inhabit My Heart. She is the winner of a 2006 Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award for excellence in writing for the theatre, along with her long-time collaborator and husband, Brendan Milburn.