Austin Cook is an award-winning music director, writer and producer based in Brooklyn, NY. A native of Kansas City, MO, Cook has been a dedicated musician his entire life. After receiving his bachelor's degrees in piano & vocal performance, Austin toured Europe as a classical pianist. In 2008, he came back to the United States to work in the entertainment division of The Walt Disney Corporation. In 2009, Austin made the move to Chicago, IL to begin his career as a music director, producer and actor.
While in Chicago, Austin won four Joseph Jefferson awards for acting, music direction and artistic specialization. Austin collaborated on over twenty musicals and plays with over a dozen theater companies while in Chicago. Austin is a proud member of both Actor's Equity and the American Federation of Musicians. As a producer, Austin's most recently produced album The Beast in Me received the 2014 Independent Music Award for Best Roots EP. The album was performed in its entirety on the nationally televised PBS series Sun Studio Sessions.
In 2017, Austin moved to New York City and begin work on the new Broadway musical War Paint. Austin is quickly becoming known as one of the top accompanists in the country, working regularly with Telsey Casting Company and New York University. As a writer, Austin is currently working on two new musicals- Bully and Bran Castle. He also is finishing a new play about the legendary FAME studios in Sheffield, Alabama entitled Sessions.
After working as Music Associate for Hamilton: An American Musical on Broadway, Austin is now Music Director of the 1st National Tour of the Tony Award Winning musical Dear Evan Hansen.