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Sam Willmott

Sam Willmott

Sam Willmott is a New York City-based musical theater composer, lyricist and bookwriter whose projects include Standardized Testing - The Musical!!!!; Yo, Vikings! (with lyricist Marcus Stevens); the upcoming bhangra dance musical Bhangin' It (with playwrights Rehana Lew Mirza and Mike Lew); the mini-musical Scarlet Takes a Tumble; additional lyrics for the stage adaptation of Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol; and something entirely new and mysterious with DreamWorks Animation. Sam is the recipient of the 2015 ASCAP Foundation Cole Porter Award, the 2015 Kleban Prize for Most Promising Musical Theatre Lyricist, a 2015 Jonathan Larson Grant, the 2013 ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Award for Lyrics, the 2012 Fred Ebb Award, the 2012 John Wallowitch Award, the 2009 Kennedy Center ACTF Musical Theater Award, and Interlochen's 2004 Maddy Summer Artist Award. Sam's work has been performed in concert at Feinstein's / 54 Below, Paris' Comédie Nation with Broadway au Carré, Adelphi University's Performing Arts Center, and other venues. He has been a Composer-in-Residence at The Orchard Project, Running Deer Musical Theatre Lab and Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, Goodspeed Musicals, and the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center National Music Theater Conference. Sam is also an ongoing resident member of Merrimack Repertory Theatre's Patriot Program, and was the first musical theatre writer to be recognized with the Exploring the Metropolis / ConEdison Musicians' Residency. Sam currently works as a teaching artist with Lincoln Center's Songwriting in the Schools Program, and is also a very proud contributing writer to the Korean children's language program, English Egg, for whom he has written over 120 songs.


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