Sam Willmott is a composing, lyricizing, bookwriting, oft-professorial, plant-lovingDoctor Who-stan-ing

Leslie Knope enthusiast / Imagineer in his next life (and he's glad you're here!).




  • 2019 - Richard Rodgers Award (American Academy of Arts and Letters)

  • 2015 - the ASCAP Foundation's Cole Porter Award

  • 2015 - the Kleban Prize for Most Promising Musical Theatre Lyricist

  • 2015 - a Jonathan Larson Grant

  • 2013 - the ASCAP Foundation's Harold Adamson Award for Lyrics

  • 2012 - the Fred Ebb Award

  • 2012 - MAC's John Wallowitch Award

  • 2009 - the Kennedy Center ACTF Musical Theater Award

  • 2004 - Interlochen's Maddy Summer Artist Award

  • ... and two high school Cappies. 


Venues as far-flung as Emirates Heritage Theater (Abu Dhabi, UAE), Paris' Comédie Nation (with Broadway Au Carré), Radio City Music Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Adelphi University Performing Arts Center, among others.



Harvard University, Pace University, Interlochen Arts Camp, Emerson College, and Lincoln Center's Songwriting in the Schools Program.  Sam co-founded and coordinated the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas Songwriting Initiative in light of the high school's 2018 Valentine's Day shooting, pairing student and teacher survivors with NYC composers to collaborate on 31 new songs. He is also a proud contributing writer to Korean children's language program English Egg, for whom he's written over 140 songs.  



Sam is originally from Langley, VA. He is an alum of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, NYU-Steinhardt, the BMI Workshop, the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project, and the Dramatists Guild Fellowship. He has been artist-in-residence at many awesome institutions, including The O'Neill Theater Center (twice), Rhinebeck Writers Retreat (twice), Goodspeed Musicals (four times), Merrimack Repertory Theater (where he is an ongoing member of the Patriot Program), and ConEd / Exploring the Metropolis (the first musical theater resident).

Sam receiving the Fred Ebb Award.