Erin Murray Quinlan

Composer Librettist Playwright Lyricist

Erin Murray Quinlan is a published Composer, Lyricist, and Playwright based in NYC and London, with credits Off-Broadway and beyond.

She studied composition and creative writing at Berklee College of Music, playwriting at the University of Oxford, and composition with the EAMA Nadia Boulanger Institute at the Schola Cantorum in Paris. She is also a composer/lyricist at the Tony Award-winning BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Advanced Workshop in NYC, and a protege of accomplished UK-based musical theater writer and director Paul Boyd.

Her latest show, God Save Queen Pam, had its Off-Broadway debut in the summer of 2018, and critics raved about the tight script, witty lyrics, and catchy music. "How Can I Tell You", her contribution to the album 'The MS Songbook' (lyrics co-written by Rory Sherman) was chosen again and again by reviewers as the favorite of the song cycle, called 'the cream of a very talented crop'. EMQ's work has been performed at many venues around the US and UK, including Off-Broadway at the Players Theater in NYC, the Duplex Theater, the Playwright in Boston, the Tabard Theater in London, and the Actors Studio in LA as well as smokers and showcases for BMI. For more, check out the resume page.

EMQ is included in Scott Pfitzinger's Composer Genealogies: A Compendium of Composers, Their Teachers, and Their Students. She is on the selection committee at NYC's famed Off-Broadway house, the Players Theatre and a proud member of the Dramatist Guild.


Musical Theater:

God Save Queen Pam (available for licensing at Stage Rights and for purchase at

The Three Deaths of Agrippina- Book and Lyrics by EMQ, Music by Adam Morris

Uncomfortable Sex- Music by EMQ, Book by Lori Howard, Lyrics by Ed Levy

If the Spirit Moves- Music by EMQ, Book and Lyrics by Germaine Shames

Play Readings With Friends, NYC, 2018​

Jews on First- Music/Lyrics by EMQ, Book by EMQ, Larry Tish and Lee Goodwin

The American Jewish Historical Society, NYC; 2016

Hemingway's Wife

How to Draw Frankenstein

The Great Heathersby Heist- Music and Lyrics by EMQ, Book by Brian Tuttle



The Human Condition

Mike and Raffi Do the Vatican



Ms. Song Cycle- Song "How Can I Tell You", Music with Lyrics by Rory Sherman, London,  2016