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Sam Rosenblatt

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!
Come in! 
Come in!”


― Shel Silverstein

 
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Sam Rosenblatt is a 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: A Princess Story (Book/Lyrics), Night Witches (Co-Book/Lyrics), and FOUND: A New Musical (Book/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). She is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and Maestra.

 

Sam is a curator and producer for Tin Pan Alley 2, a marketing and public relations coordinator for Is This Art Now?, and a programming manager, producer, and featured artist for The Latest Draft podcast.

In addition to writing, Sam enjoys directing, choreographing, stage-managing, and making sock puppets. Select credits include: James and the Giant Peach (Director/Choreographer), FAME! the Musical (Director/Choreographer), H2$ (PSM/Props), New Musicals from Emerging Artists at 54 Below (PSM), and She Kills Monsters (Choreographer/Evil Tina).

Sam is one half of the musical theatre writing team, Collard & Rosenblatt, the dynamic duo who founded Beyond Measure: Custom Audition Cuts by Collard & Rosenblatt.

 

Updates

Allen and Gray Livestream

Sam had the privilege of being including on the inaugural Allen and Gray New Works Concert Livestream on August 27th. She and Elspeth Collard spoke about their show, A Princess Story, and presented two songs from the show. Check out the full livestream here!

Beyond Measure: Custom Audition Cuts by Collard & Rosenblatt

Sam's newest venture with collaborator Elspeth Collard is a business called "Beyond Measure: Custom Audition Cuts by Collard & Rosenblatt. Beyond Measure aims to create content for performers to use to ace their auditions and stand out from the crowd by showcasing what they feel best represents them. The performer will be able to dictate style, vocal range, and topic for the 16 or 32 bar cut and then Sam and Elspeth will take it from there!

Sam and Elspeth also just launched a website dedicated to their work. You can find them at www.collardandrosenblatt.com!

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 DraftThe 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. Listen to the first episode here!

Tin Pan Alley 2: Livestream

Premiering on September 12th, Tin Pan Alley 2 returns to the (virtual) stage! Streaming for free on YouTube, this concert features the work of Lucy O'Brien, Trinity Chen, and Maggie Sharp Tallan. In addition to being a host and curator for this event, Sam also worked as the video editor.

Sam and Durra also just did an interview with Broadway World which can be found here!

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!

Night Witches

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 StoryA 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

Sam and Stephen... thesis partners!

Sam and Stephen... thesis partners!

A Princess Story Zoom Table-Read

A Princess Story Zoom Table-Read

Cast of Chrysanthemum

Cast of Chrysanthemum

Sam and the cast of Chrysanthemum hit their final pose!

Sam in Kathryn Posin's Class

Sam in Kathryn Posin's Class

Still from Sam's Choreography final, #metoo

Sam in the studio

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 backstage at 54 Below

Sam and Noah Mutterperl backstage at 54 Below during a stage managing gig

Team DAMN!

Team DAMN!

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 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 cast of Chrysanthemum the Musical at their "First Day of School" photo shoot!

Sam in Bring It On

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

Co-Choreographers for Chrysanthemum

Sam and Noah Mutterperl, the choreographers for Chrysanthemum the Musical at the Jerry Orbach Theater

A still from FOUND

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 company of JGP

The cast and crew of James and the Giant Peach!

The company of Behind the Front Door

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 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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Sam and Stephen... thesis partners!