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Sam Willmott

Sam Willmott

Sam Willmott is a New York City-based composer/lyricist, and the recipient of the 2013 ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Lyric Award, the 2012 Fred Ebb Award, the 2012 John Wallowitch Award, and the 2009 Kennedy Center ACTF Musical Theater Award. 

Sam’s written work includes Standardized Testing - The Musical!!!! (published through Playscripts Inc.), Yo, Vikings! (with Marcus Stevens, 2011 Richard Rodgers Award Finalist), and the mini-musicals Scarlet Takes a Tumble (2011 Humana Festival Heideman Award Finalist), and Shotgun Wedding (with Rehana Lew Mirza and Mike Lew, part of The Exchange’s 2013 24-Hour Musicals).  He has been a Writer-in-Residence at Goodspeed Musicals and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center; he is also the first musical theater composer to be recognized with Exploring the Metropolis’ Con Edison Musicians’ Residency (2013).

Sam’s work as a music director, arranger, orchestrator and pianist has taken him from Radio City Music Hall to Key West to Abu Dhabi, UAE, with collaborators as diverse as five-time Tony-nominee Elizabeth Swados, Dan Goggin (Nunsense), recording artists Will and Anthony Nunziata, and singer/songwriter Shaina Taub.  In May 2012, he made his Broadway debut subbing on the Key II book of Sister Act.  Sam has spearheaded workshops, master classes, and full courses at storied institutions like Interlochen Arts Camp, Emerson College, and Harlem School of the Arts, as well as inner city schools throughout New York.  He is also a proud contributing writer to the Korean children's language program, English Egg.  

Sam’s additional accolades include a 2013/2014 Dramatists Guild Fellowship; the 2013 ASCAP Musical Theater Workshop, led by panelists Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), Peter Schneider (Disney Animation) and Bob Alwine (Associate Producer at Goodspeed Musicals);  a Tisch School of the Arts Trustee  Scholarship; Interlochen Center for the Arts' prestigious Maddy Summer Artist Award; and two National Capital Area Cappie Awards. He is an alumnus of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, New York University and the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project, and a member of the Dramatists Guild, and the BMI Lehman Engel Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop.


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