Anna K. Jacobs

Composer Librettist Lyricist

Anna K. Jacobs is a Jonathan Larson Award-winning composer, lyricist, and book writer. Her stage works include 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 (Musical Theatre Factory), and Stella and the Moon Man (Sydney Theatre Company/Theatre of Image; play by Richard Tulloch, co-composed by Adrian Kelly). She also wrote music and lyrics for the movie musical, Kaya: Taste of Paradise (NY Film Academy), and contributed music and lyrics to the multi-composer song cycle, Letters to the President (Berkshire Theatre Group).

Currently, Anna is writing the screenplay for The Real Gemma Jordan, a movie musical commissioned by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with music and lyrics by Rob Rokicki. With playwright Anna Ziegler, she is also writing music and lyrics for a stage musical commissioned by Barbara Whitman Productions and Grove Entertainment about the life and disappearance of child prodigy author, Barbara Newhall Follett.

Anna is the recipient of a 2018 Eric Salzman Award for New Music Theater Composition and the 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. As an educator, Anna is passionate about helping the next generation of songwriters develop their voices and craft. She is the Founding Artistic Director of the New York Youth Symphony’s Musical Theater Songwriting Program, and on the faculty of the Institute for American Musical Theatre’s Creators program.