Stephen Dolginoff is an award-winning, New York City based playwright-composer. His most notable work is Thrill Me, the musical version of the true story of Leopold and Loeb, which opened Off-Broadway at the York Theatre in 2005. Subsequently it was published by Dramatists Play Service. and has been performed in cities across America, as well as internationally in cities such as Toronto, London, Melbourne & Sydney, Australia; Athens, Greece and Seoul, South Korea. Dolginoff won an ASCAP Music Award for the score of Thrill Me and was nominated for New York's Drama Desk Award for both Best Musical and Best Music Score as well as an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Best Off-Broadway Musical. The Los Angeles production was nominated for an Ovation Award for Best Musical in an Intimate Theatre. In 2009, Dolginoff received a Los Angeles Garland Award honorable mention for the Music & Lyrics of Thrill Me.
For his 1994 musical, One Foot Out the Door, he received the Bistro Award, given by Back Stage Newspaper for Outstanding Book, Music & Lyrics.
Dolginoff has also written the musicals Most Men Are, Journey to the Center of the Earth and Panic(which opened at the Lamb Theatre in April 2009). As an actor, Dolginoff portrayed the role of Nathan Leopold, in the Off Broadway, Seattle, and Buffalo productions of Thrill Me.
He was born and raised in Kansas City.