Philip LaZebnik has written screenplays for films including Pocahontas, Mulan, The Prince of Egypt, The Road to El Dorado, The Lost Treasure of the Knights Templar, Asterix and the Vikings, The Three Investigators and the Secret of Skeleton Island, The Lost Treasure of the Knights Templar II, The Lost Treasure of the Knights Templar III: The Mystery of the Snake Crown, The Three Investigators and the Secret of Terror Castle, Emma and Santa Claus andThe Ark and the Aardvark. He wrote the book for the musical “Fairy Tale” about Hans Christian Andersen with songs by Stephen Schwartz, and wrote the book and lyrics for “Oktoberfest: the Musical” with music by Harold Faltermeyer. He is currently writing the book for DreamWorks’ theatrical musical version of The Prince of Egypt with songs by Stephen Schwartz which premieres October 14, 2017 at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, California and then April 6, 2018 at Fredericia Theatre in Denmark.
LaZebnik also wrote episodes for Wings, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The Torkelsons and Almost Home.
LaZebnik has served on the Board of Directors of the Writers Guild of America, west (2001–02) and the Writers Branch Executive Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (2001–03). The screenplay for Mulan won the 1998 Annie Award for best animation screenplay.
He grew up in Columbia, Missouri, attended Hickman High School, and graduated from Harvard College in 1976, with a B.A. in Classics.
At Harvard University, he studied Ancient Greek language and classics. He was briefly a professional violinist for the Boston Ballet Orchestra, the Boston Pops, and the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra. Along with his brother, he co-founded the Chicago Premiere Society. He wrote the book, music, and lyrics for over twenty musicals and plays. He contributed to the writing of “Pocahontas”, and recently wrapped up work on Disney’s “Mulan” and Dreamworks’ “Prince of Egypt”. He is married and the father of three children.