2017 Jonathan Larson Grant Recipients Announced

2/7/2017 5:07pm

The American Theatre Wing has announced that the 2017 Jonathan Larson Grants recipients are Ben Bonnema (book, music and lyrics), Maggie-Kate Coleman & Erato A. Kremmyda (music and lyrics), Ty Defoe & Tidtaya Sinutoke (book, music and lyrics), and Michael R. Jackson (book, music and lyrics). Four grants of $10,000 each, totaling $40,000, will be presented on Mon March 6 at a private event at the WNYC Greene Space. The event will feature special performances of the recipients’ work. This year’s recipients were selected by an expert panel consisting of director Jason Eagan, producer Jill Furman, musical director/arranger/orchestrator Jason Michael Webb, and lyricist David Zippel. The Jonathan Larson Grants, given annually to honor emerging composers, lyricists and book writers, help to continue Jonathan Larson’s dream of infusing musical theatre with a contemporary, joyful, urban vitality. 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 the artists' creative endeavors. Maggie-Kate Coleman & Erato A. Kremmyda will be receiving a fully produced reading of their show via the American Music Theatre Project at Northwestern University. This partnership with Northwestern University is a new addition to the Jonathan Larson Grants for 2017. Finally, Adelphi University Performing Arts Center is awarding both Ty Defoe & Tidtaya Sinutoke and Michael R. Jackson with an evening of performance featuring their work as part of their Larson Legacy Concert Series, which celebrates the next generation of creative artists at the college home of Jonathan Larson, class of ’82, to carry on his legacy. Press contact: DKC/O&M Co (212/695-7400)...