Stephen Trask

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Stephen Trask
Trask at Hedwig and the Angry Inch opening night, April 2014
Stephen R. Schwartz

(1966-08-29) August 29, 1966 (age 57)
United States
  • Musician
  • composer
SpouseMichael Trask[1]

Stephen Trask (born Stephen R. Schwartz;[2][3] born August 29, 1966)[4] is an American musician and composer who graduated from Wesleyan University.[5] He was the music director and house band member at the New York City club Squeezebox, where they performed with stars such as Debbie Harry, Lene Lovich and Joey Ramone.

Trask composed the music and lyrics for the stage musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch (also a 2001 film), about a struggling rock star named Hedwig. Trask's real-life band Cheater performed as Hedwig's band "The Angry Inch". He received an Obie Award for the play and a Grammy Award nomination for the movie.

In 2014, the show saw its first Broadway incarnation, opening that April at the Belasco Theatre and winning the year's Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.[6] The production closed on September 13, 2015. A national tour of the show began at San Francisco's Golden Gate Theatre on October 2, 2016.[7]

Trask has worked on five films with filmmaker Paul Weitz. He composed the score for 2004's In Good Company and 2006's American Dreamz, for which they also co-wrote the numerous songs the contestants sing, as well as the 2009 film Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant. Trask also scored the 2003 films Camp and The Station Agent, as well as Dreamgirls (2006), In the Land of Women (2007), The Savages (2007), and The Back-up Plan (2010), among other works.[8] He scored the 2010 film Little Fockers, a sequel to both Meet the Parents (2000) and Meet the Fockers (2004). In 2013, Trask scored the films Lovelace, directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffery Friedman, and Admission, directed by Paul Weitz.

Personal life[edit]

Trask resides in Lexington, Kentucky, with his husband Michael Trask, who is a professor at the University of Kentucky.[1] They were married by their neighbor, former state senator Kathy Stein.[9]

Trask grew up in Connecticut, in a Jewish household. He also went to Hebrew school, had a Bar Mitzvah, and both his parents were involved in the synagogue – his father was head of the youth program there. His mother's maiden name is Rhodes.[1]

Trask announced he was non-binary in May 2021, and goes by he/him and they/them pronouns.[10][11]


  1. ^ a b c "The Origin of Love | the Detroit Jewish News". February 15, 2017.
  2. ^ "Stephen Trask on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved November 4, 2015.
  3. ^ "Stephen Trask reflects on the "Hedwig" revival". The Day. Retrieved November 4, 2015.
  4. ^ "Stephen Trask on Twitter".
  5. ^ "Stephen Trask stoops to conquer | Yale Daily News". Archived from the original on September 20, 2012. Retrieved September 9, 2010.
  6. ^ Khoshaba, Christy (June 8, 2014). "Tonys 2014: 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' wins best revival of musical". Los Angeles Times.
  7. ^ "Broadway World on Hedwig tour".
  8. ^ "Stephen Trask Filmography". Archived from the original on April 27, 2010. Retrieved September 9, 2010.
  9. ^ "COVID-19 leads KY couple to wed in neighbor's front yard | Lexington Herald Leader". Archived from the original on April 11, 2020.
  10. ^ Trask, Stephen [@stephentrask] (May 27, 2021). "I'm non-binary, not that anyone asked" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  11. ^ Trask, Stephen. "(((Stephen Trask))) (@stephentrask)". Twitter. Retrieved July 10, 2021.

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