Who is Tim Federle?

Highly talented creative Tim Federle has made a name for himself as a writer of various types of works. The Foster City, California native has had multiple different roles throughout his highly successful career. So, why is he relevant now if you haven’t heard of him before?

Well, the 40-year-old happens to be the creator of the Disney Plus series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. He also serves as an executive producer and writer for the show! This is his most notable role in the entertainment industry. However, Federle has not always been a part of the TV industry during his career.

In fact, the creative started his journey starring in stage productions such as The Little Mermaid and Gypsy in the late 2000s. From there, a writing career significantly emerged for the creator. Federle has written an interesting array of works in the past several years. This includes screenplays, fiction, and surprisingly some cocktail guides.

The author’s first works released in 2013. His first fiction piece is called Better Nate Than Ever. It centers around a middle-schooler named Nate who aspires to star in a Broadway production. The novel garnered high praise.

One of the writer’s other first works includes a cocktail recipe guide called Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist.  It published in 2013 too. The guide centers around exactly what you think it would, which is recipes on how to craft the best cocktails. It also received a warm reception and gave Federle more recognition as a writer.

From 2013-2018, the talented individual has gone on to write four more pieces of fiction (two sequels for Better Nate Than Ever), two more cocktail guides, a self-help book, and even co-write a screenplay for a 2017 animated film called Ferdinand. He also helped co-write a book version of the Broadway musical Tuck Everlasting in 2016, a name that could be familiar to you.

Federle’s works have garnered him four different awards. This includes the Golden Kite Award in 2014, Odyssey Award in 2014 and 2015, and Lambda Literary Award in 2015.


After gaining recognition for his works, Tim Federle received the opportunity to create an idea for a TV series centered around the High School Musical franchise by the Disney company itself in late 2017. In early 2018, the writer pitched some ideas about HSMTMTS and received roles as the creator, writer, and executive producer of the series. From there, things have been fantastic for Federle as he has displayed his writing abilities for live-action shows. Season 1 of the series first released in late 2019 and a Season 2 will occur.

Aside from being busy with his Disney Plus series in recent memory, Tim Federle also wrote the screenplay for a 2021 animated film called Foster. The creative has come a long way since starting with theater productions!

Be sure to check out YEM’s interviews with HSMTMTS cast members Julia Lester and Frankie Rodriguez, along with Joe Serafini’s, which will be live very soon!