Sam Willmott...

is a musical theater writer, plant dad, Doctor Who stan, and Leslie Knope acolyte who loves Disney Imagineering, outer space, croissants, environmental sustainability, social justice, and Oxford commas.*



TV: HBO's Emmy-nominated Song of Parkland, dir. Amy Schatz


PUPPETS: Wake Up, Daisy! with Marcus Stevens (for Central Park's Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater).



  • the Kleban Prize for Most Promising Lyricist

  • a Jonathan Larson Grant

  • the ASCAP Foundation's Harold Adamson and Cole Porter Awards

  • the Fred Ebb Award

  • MAC's John Wallowitch Award

  • the Kennedy Center ACTF Musical Theater Award

  • Interlochen's Maddy Summer Artist Award

  • ...and two high school Cappies.

Sam receiving the Fred Ebb Award.

Sam has been an artist-in-residence with the Jerome Robbins Foundation's Project Springboard: Developing Dance Musicals (Lincoln Center), The O'Neill Theater Center, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, Goodspeed Musicals, Merrimack Repertory Theater, and ConEd / Exploring the Metropolis. His work has been seen in concert around the world, in venues big (Radio City Music Hall, Abu Dhabi's Emirates Heritage Theatre, The Kennedy Center's Millenium Stage and Terrace Theater, Adelphi University's Performing Arts Center) and small (Paris' Comédie Nation with Broadway Au Carré, Cornelia Street Café, Key West's Red Barn Theater).


An avid educator, Sam has led workshops, masterclasses, and/or full courses at Harvard, Princeton, Manhattan School of Music, NYU, Pace University, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Harlem School of the Arts, and Lincoln Center's Songwriting in Schools Program.  In the aftermath of the tragic 2018 Parkland FL high school shooting, Sam co-founded and coordinated the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas Songwriting Initiative, pairing student and teacher survivors with NYC composers to collaborate on 31 new songs. He is a proud contributing writer to the Korean children's language program English Egg, for whom he's written over 170 educational kids' tunes.

Sam originally hails 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 lives in an NYU residence hall, serving as Dorm Guncle alongside his partner Daniel and the imaginary dog they hope to get someday soon.

The above list of obsessions is non-exhaustive and subject to frequent additions.