Anna K. Jacobs Acceptance Speech | 2020 Jonathan Larson Grant Recipient

“I was so pleasantly surprised by how welcoming and supportive our industry has been of my role as a parent as well as an artist.” In lieu of a ceremony, 2020 Jonathan Larson Grant recipient Anna K. Jacobs shares what this grant means to her.

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Anna K. Jacobs is a composer, lyricist, librettist, and educator. Her work includes the stage musicals, POP! (Yale Rep, Pittsburgh City Theatre, Studio Theatre; book & lyrics by Maggie-Kate Coleman), TEETH (NAMT, O’Neill; co-book & lyrics by Michael R. Jackson), ANYTOWN (George Street Playhouse; book by Jim Jack), HARMONY, KANSAS (Diversionary Theatre; book & lyrics by Bill Nelson), ECHO (The Gallery Players, Musical Theatre Factory), and STELLA AND THE MOON MAN (Sydney Theatre Company/Theatre of Image; written by Richard Tulloch, co-composed by Adrian Kelly), and the movie musical, KAYA: TASTE OF PARADISE (NY Film Academy; directed by Paul Warner). Currently, she and playwright Anna Ziegler are collaborating on a new musical for Barbara Whitman Productions and Grove Entertainment. She is the recipient of the 2018 Eric Salzman Award for New Music Theater Composition and 2016 Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award. She holds an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU-Tisch, and is a former Sundance Fellow and Dramatists Guild Fellow.

To continue Tony Award winner Jonathan Larson’s dream of infusing musical theatre with a contemporary, joyful, urban vitality, the grants honor emerging composers, lyricists and book writers. Dedicated to celebrating excellence and supporting theatre, the American Theatre Wing awards the Larson Grants to artists to recognize and showcase their work with no strings attached – except to put it to the best use possible to help further their creative endeavors.