Cover of The Dramatist Jan/Feb 2022: The Motivation Issue
Remembering Stephen Sondheim

The Dramatists Guild mourns the loss of Stephen Sondheim, one of the greatest musical theatre writers of our time, and a passionate member of the Guild for over 63 years. He joined in 1957 when working on West Side Story and served as DG Council President for eight years from 1973-1981.

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    Stephen Sondheim
  • Photos of Stephen Sondheim
    Photos from the Dramatists Guild Archive
  • Name card of Stephen Sondheim
    Photo from the Dramatists Guild Archive

Having benefitted as a young writer from the mentorship of Oscar Hammerstein II, Steve made it his life’s mission to pass that gift along. He mentored the careers of scores of writers and artists, including Jonathan Larson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Adam Guettel, Amanda Green, and Jason Robert Brown, among others. He championed emerging writers and made it his business to see new work. Almost anyone who wrote to him could be assured of a reply back, on his thick creamy stationery, typed and with his distinguished hand signature.

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