Tim Federle: Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

Tim Federle

Bring Broadway to Your Town!: Broadway kid coach and author of Better Nate Than Ever

Broadway dancer and debut novelist Tim Federle began crashing New York auditions as a teenager. He landed in five Broadway shows, from Gypsy (starring Bernadette Peters) to The Little Mermaid (starring Federle in a catfish costume), with stops at Radio City, the Met, and a Super Bowl Half-time Show (as a Christina Aguilera backup dancer) along the way.

In recent years, Federle has penned popular columns for Apartment Therapy and Huffington Post, choreographed routines for Sting and James Taylor at Carnegie Hall, and coached the child stars of Billy Elliott on Broadway.

Federle’s debut novel, Better Nate than Ever—about a small-town teenager who crashes an audition for E.T. The Musical—was named a New York Times Editors' Choice and an Amazon Best Book of the Month. In Better Nate than Ever, Nate Foster has big dreams. His whole life, he’s wanted to star in a Broadway show (Heck, he’d settle for seeing a Broadway show). But how is Nate supposed to make his dreams come true when he’s stuck in Jankburg, Pennsylvania, where no one (except his best pal Libby) appreciates a good show tune? With Libby’s help, Nate plans a daring overnight escape to New York. There’s an open casting call for E.T.: The Musical, and Nate knows this could be the difference between small-town blues and big-time stardom.

Federle writes a warm and witty debut that's full of broken curfews, second chances, and the adventure of growing up—because sometimes you have to get four hundred miles from your backyard to finally feel at home.

As a Broadway dancer turned novelist, Federle has worked with thousands of kids and educators, leading interactive dance and writing master classes across the country. Federle’s funny, high-energy workshop will help your group members: supercharge their self-esteem; reach peak performance-onstage, in the classroom, and on the field; and find their authentic voices as writers and storytellers.

Whether for a crowd of 30 or 3000, Federle will tailor his presentation to your needs and your group—as long as everyone comes prepared to laugh and learn.

Federle and his debut novel Better Nate Than Ever have been profiled in The New York Times, CNN, Huffington Post, and Entertainment Weekly, and NATE been recommended by the Junior Library Guild, Time Magazine for Kids, Publishers Weekly, Amazon, the Center for Children's Books, and the Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California, among others. It is also Federle’s mom favorite book ever.

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