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
Sam is a theatre artist based in New York, who specializes in writing book and lyrics for new musicals. In May 2020, she graduated from NYU Tisch with a M. F. A. from the Graduate Musical Writing Program. Before that, Sam graduated in May of 2018 with a B. S. in Educational Theatre and a minor in Dramatic Literature from NYU Steinhardt.
In addition to writing, Sam is a director, choreographer, and stage manager. Other passions include sock puppetry, playing the ukulele, and petting hypoallergenic dogs.
Sam strives to create material that addresses the stigma around mental health and captures the essence of what it means to be human.
Sam is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America and Maestra, as well as a co-curator for Tin Pan Alley 2, a bimonthly concert series at Dixon Place. Sam also serves as a programming manager on the podcast, The Latest Draft.
The Latest Draft Podcast
In an effort to create a platform for new musical theatre writers, Sam, along with Elspeth Collard and Noah Mutterperl, created a podcast entitled, The Latest Draft. The Latest Draft features new short-form musicals and stand-alone songs along with interviews with the writers. It hopes to shed light on the behind-the-scenes writing process and provide a space for musical theatre during COVID-19. Sam serves as a programming manager, as well as a featured artist on the show. The first episode is set to premiere on July 10th.
Tin Pan Alley 2: Livestream on DPTV
Also premiering on July 10th, Tin Pan Alley 2 returns to the (virtual) stage! Streaming for free on Dixon Place's DPTV, this concert features the work of Gabriella Balsam, Josh Ben-Ami, and Matthew V. Stolfi. In addition to being a host and curator for this event, Sam also worked as the video editor. Check back here after July 10th for the full video!
Graduation from NYU Tisch, Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program
Sam just graduated from NYU Tisch, earning her MFA in the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program as a lyricist. To qualify for this degree, Sam wrote book and lyrics for a full length musical, Night Witches, with composer/co-bookwriter, Stephen Wagener Bennett. While they did not receive a 29 hour reading through their program due to COVID-19, the pair had a Zoom table-read and also had a song featured in the end of year cabaret for their cycle. Sam is a proud double-NYU alum and can't wait to see what the future holds!
Twenty Six-Percent A Ten-Minute Musical by Elspeth Collard & Sam Rosenblatt was originally heard on Zoomfest: The Theatrical Podcast. After a long night of partying (that he doesn’t remember any of), Average Joe embarks on a long subway ride with only twenty-six percent battery left on his phone. Will he make it home in time or will his phone (and all of the voices in his phone) abandon him? Featuring many virtual helpers, a dying phone battery, and the plight of one Average Joe, Twenty-Six Percent documents a subway ride home in real time.
Starring Enzo Veiga as Average Joe, Erin Hoerchler as Maizie, Lucy O'Brien-English as Voice 1, Jenna Beressi as Voice 2, Stephen Wagener Bennett as Voice 3, and Josh Ben-Ami as Subway Voice/Voice 4. Music by Elspeth Collard, Book & Lyrics by Sam Rosenblatt.
Sam is hard at work with her thesis collaborator, Stephen Wagener Bennett, on her thesis project, Night Witches, a musical about the first all-female night bomber pilot regiment. Taking place in the Soviet Union during WWII, Night Witches details the perseverance and determination of these women who fought alongside their male counterparts to win the war. Night Witches received a Zoom table-read on April 24th and was submitted to the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program for MFA qualifications on May 10th.
Original painting by Emily Grace Tucker
A Princess Story
In addition to Night Witches, Sam is also writing a musical with her collaborator, Elspeth Collard, entitled A Princess Story. A Princess Story defies and denies the “damsel in distress” trope, choosing instead to put the princess front and center as the main heroine of the tale. Following Princess Annalise in a quest to slay a dragon, our story features an LGBTQ+ love story, a dynamic pair of strong leading female characters, and a boy band of knights.
Zoom Table-Read Cast and Audience