Stuart Kenny began writing musicals in high school when he wrote the score for a local production of A Christmas Carol. He spent summers home from college as musical director for the Storybook Players in Rapid City, South Dakota. For his M.A., he wrote a children's musical. After finishing his Ph.D., he gave up on scholarship and began writing musicals again. James Larson gave him the chance to write the score for the mainstage production and national tour of The Little Engine That Could. This led to There's An Alligator... He currently lives in Hastings, Nebraska.