On the Stage, Behind the Scenes and In the Audience
Jonathan Larson Grants - 2001
AMANDA YESNOWITZ, the first individual lyricist to receive the Jonathan Larson Award, is also a former Dramatists Guild fellow, a 7-time MAC Award nominee, a 2011 John Wallowitch Award finalist, and the winner of the 2013 Dottie Burman Award and the 2014 Jamie deRoy and Friends Award, both for excellence in songwriting. Last fall Amanda presented her work at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. Current projects include an adaptation of the novel/film Somewhere in Time (Davenport Theatrical, music by Doug Katsaros), which had its pre- Broadway production at Portland Center Stage in May of 2013 (7 PAMTA nominations; NAMT finalist). Amanda (along with David Zippel and Sheldon Harnick) is also contributing lyrics to In the Name of Love, a revue with music by Don Oliver. Amanda’s words have been performed by Broadway luminaries such as Susan Egan and Melissa Errico as well as musical icons like Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops on New Year’s Eve at Symphony Hall in Massachusetts. A revue based on her song “Those 7 Little Words” (music by Mike Shaieb) enjoyed an extended run at Cleveland’s Playhouse in the Square and a revue based on her song “Understudy Blues” (music by Brian Cimmet) garnered raves at the Galloway in Cape Town, South Africa. She has collaborated with many other illustrious composers including Larry O’Keefe, Skip Kennon, Brad Ross, Matthew Sklar, and Jason Robert Brown. Her lyrics have been part of the NAMT Showcase, New York Theatre Workshop’s benefit honoring James Lapine, Broadway at Birdland, Lea Michele’s cabaret debut in NYC and LA; quoted in Newsday, The Daily News, The Sydney Morning Herald, and Time magazine; and published by The New York Times and The Dramatist magazine. Other complete works include The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Hangar Theatre world premiere), The History of War (O’Neill Conference finalist; 2010 NYMF invited selection; music by Deborah Abramson, book by Chip “The Baker” Zien), By The Numbers (ASCAP and TRU showcases, music by Brian Feinstein), Four-Letter Words (York Theatre), Triptych (Provincetown Play Festival selection; ATB Flores Series), and Building a Wing (Best Musical at 2007 Short, Sweet & Song Festival in Sydney). Recordings: ”Gotta Start Small” on Stephanie J. Block’s This Place I Know (PS Classics), “Too Close to the Sun” on Steve Marzullo’s Kiss Me While We Have the Chance and the title track of Steve Marzullo’s Show Some Beauty (both on Yellow Sound Lab). Amanda holds degrees from Tufts University, The Boston Conservatory, NYU (where she teaches full-time as a Senior Lecturer in Art and Public Policy), and in addition to being a nationally ranked crossword puzzle solver, her debut as a crossword constructor was published in the magazine section of The New York Times on August 26, 2012…no ordinary Sunday.