Artist. Lyricist. Educator. Theatre-Maker.
“If you are a dreamer, come in
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hoper, a pray-er, a magic-bean-buyer,
If you're a pretender, come sit by my fire
For we have some flax golden tales to spin!
― Shel Silverstein
Who Am I?
Sam Rosenblatt (she/her) is a queer, Jewish-Asian-American theatre artist based in New York. She holds a BS from NYU Steinhardt in Educational Theatre and an MFA from NYU Tisch in Musical Theatre Writing.
Full length pieces include: Like the Wind (Book/Lyrics), A Princess Story (Book/Lyrics), Night Witches (Co-Book/Lyrics), and The Girl with the Rose-Colored Eyes (Lyrics). Short-form pieces include: Twenty-Six Percent (Book/Lyrics), Behind the Front Door (Book/Lyrics), and The Rise and Fall of Otis (Book/Lyrics). Albums include: Little Love Notes from Collard & Rosenblatt, Collisions: A Concept Album (upcoming).
Sam is a curator and producer for Tin Pan Alley 2, a Core Team Member for Root Beer Occasion Theatre Company, and an Artistic Director for The Latest Draft podcast.
Sam’s work has also been heard at various cabaret venues, such as Feinstein’s/54 Below (Quarter Note Crisis, For a Million Miles), Green Room 42 (Unauthorized: Witching Hour!), Dixon Place, the Duplex, and Don’t Tell Mama. She and collaborator Elspeth Collard were also a part of the inaugural New Musicals Lab at the Ferguson Center for the Arts, as well as Shotgun Players’ 3030 Vision Project. The duo were also included in The Lotte Lenya Songbook Vol. 2, as well as York Theatre’s In the Pipeline Series and the Emerging Artists Theatre Festival in NYC.
A wearer of many hats, Sam also enjoys stage-managing, props design, graphic design, and sock-puppet-making. She is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild, ASCAP, and Maestra.
Collisions: A Concept Album
Collard & Rosenblatt returned to the New Musicals Lab to record their second album, Collisions: A Concept Album, with the talented company of the 2022 New Musicals Lab. Featuring seventeen emerging artists as well as six guest singers, Collisions will launch digitally on January 4th, 2023 after a launch concert on January 3rd at Feinstein's/54 Below. The launch concert will be produced by Jillian Michelle Smith and feature Holly R. Gould, Kalonjee Gallimore, RJ Christian, Cara Rose DiPietro, Alia Cuadros-Contreras, and Matthew Harper Stevenson.
For A Million Miles: The Music of Collard & Rosenblatt
The duo returned to Feinstein's/54 Below on June 7th with a concert centering around women+ and queer stories. The cast included: Kris Bramson, RJ Christian, Lauryn Ciardullo, Alia Cuadros-Contreras, Nathan Fosbinder, Mariyea, Kendall Stroud, Gileann Tan, Brooke Wexler, Mads Witmer, and Kaila Wooten. Music direction was provided by Shoshana Yavneh Shattenkirk, with accompaniment by Eric Fegan.
Emerging Artists Theatre Festival
Sam and Elspeth's short musical, Twenty-Six Percent, premiered onstage for the first time at the EAT Festival in April 2022. Directed by Jessie Field, with music direction by Rai Arsa Artha and Matt Stolfi, the cast included Matthew Harper Stevenson, Heather Sawyer, Kris Bramson, Jenna Beressi, Amara Breisch, Ty Norris, and RJ Christian. A fun evening filled with emojis on sticks and confetti, the show was a huge hit. It was stage-managed by Amanda Briskin-Wallace.
Feinstein's/54 Below Debut
Collard & Rosenblatt made their Feinstein's/54 Below debut with a solo show featuring eighteen students from Christopher Newport University. They are thrilled to collaborate with these incredible young artists, who will also record demos of their songs during their time in New York. The show was on March 1st at 9:30. With a four-piece band including Nick Place, Elena Bonomo, Beth Callan, and Tom Brody, the show is produced through the New Musicals Lab and Colin Ruffer.
Like the Wind at The Brick Theater
In December of 2021, Sam and Elspeth's show, Like the Wind, received a sold out run at the Brick in Brooklyn. The staged reading was helmed by Daniella Caggiano, with music-direction by Rai Arsa Artha and stage-management by Isabel Schwartzberg. All six original actors from the New Musicals Lab reprised their roles, traveling from Virginia to be a part of the production. Like the Wind was well received by the audiences. The production was dedicated in loving memory of Raymond Kauffman.
Residency at Ferguson Center for the Arts, New Musicals Lab
Sam and Elspeth Collard were selected for a residency at the Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News, Virginia for their newest show, Like the Wind. Like the Wind began as a five-minute musical commission from Shotgun Players (see below) in May of 2021.
Like the Wind is a new electronica-pop musical that explores the lives of Bennie and Cai, two queer teenagers running away from a conversion therapy facility in the summer of 2018. Loosely inspired by Bonnie and Clyde, Bennie and Cai choose to change the fate that society has set for them and break through the constraints of expectations and rules. With a queer, female writing team at the helm, Like the Wind explores themes of identity, forgiveness, and queerness in young people.
Commission from Shotgun Players
Sam and Elspeth Collard received a commission from the Bay Area's Shotgun Players to create a five minute musical based on Bonnie and Clyde. Sam wrote book and lyrics, directed, and video-edited their five minute musical, which was entitled The People We're Meant to Be and featured Alia Cuadros-Contreras and Mikey Friedman. The musical will premiere in early July 2021 as part of Shotgun's 3030 Vision Project.
Little Love Notes from Collard & Rosenblatt
Sam and Elspeth Collard released their first album, entitled Little Love Notes from Collard & Rosenblatt on March 14th! They kicked off the weekend with a spectacular launch party produced by 10glo.com and hosted by Noah Mutterperl. The party, held virtually on Zoom, included fun facts and behind-the-scenes stories, with guest appearances by many of the performers. Little Love Notes features 15 original Collard & Rosenblatt songs, with performances by twenty-nine performers! It's now streaming on all music platforms. Bios for the performers can be found here.
Change the Game
Sam and long-time collaborator, Elspeth Collard, released a new song entitled "Change the Game", celebrating women in the theatre industry! "Change the Game" was performed by Broadway veteran and activist, Isabelle McCalla, along with a choir of sixteen women and a band of 4. Sam and Elspeth even jumped into the choir themselves! The song jumpstarted their week-long fundraiser for Maestra Music, an incredible organization that helps the unseen heroes of the Broadway community: the women who work as music directors, composers, instrumentalists, and more! Check out "Change the Game" and Maestra today!
The Girl with the Rose-Colored Eyes
Sam went back to the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU Tisch as an alumni collaborator. She, along with Elspeth Collard (another alumnus of the program), wrote a full-length musical with Amber Delaluz. Their musical, The Girl with the Rose-Colored Eyes, is a loose adaptation of Coppelia that takes place in 1968 San Francisco during the second-wave of feminism and civil-rights protest.
Sam and Stephen... thesis partners!
A Princess Story Zoom Table-Read
Cast of Chrysanthemum
Sam and the cast of Chrysanthemum hit their final pose!
Sam in Kathryn Posin's Class
Still from Sam's Choreography final, #metoo
Sam in the studio
Still from recording "The Rise and Fall of Otis", Sam and Durra Leung's 10-Minute Musical.
Sam backstage at 54 Below
Sam and Noah Mutterperl backstage at 54 Below during a stage managing gig
Dan Gibson and Sam on the first day of rehearsals for "Behind the Front Door," their twenty minute musical.
The cast and crew of FOUND
The company of FOUND: A New Musical at the Hudson Guild Theater as a part of NY Winterfest!
The cast of Chrysanthemum
The cast of Chrysanthemum the Musical at their "First Day of School" photo shoot!
Sam in Bring It On
The cast of an excerpt from Bring It On, directed by Callie Llewellyn and featuring Sam as Kylar.
Co-Choreographers for Chrysanthemum
Sam and Noah Mutterperl, the choreographers for Chrysanthemum the Musical at the Jerry Orbach Theater
A still from FOUND
Production still from FOUND: A New Musical (L to R): Laura Jean Spineti, Jake Lambert, Bryan Freedman, Jenna Beressi
The company of JGP
The cast and crew of James and the Giant Peach!
The company of Behind the Front Door
The cast and team of Behind the Front Door, Sam and Dan's twenty-minute musical!
The company of Adult Stuff
The cast and crew of Adult Stuff Or What I Learned at Summer Camp!
Pictures from Past Productions
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