Phillip Palmer My Heart Is the Drum musical
Phillip Palmer
Concept & Music

Stacey Luftig, Lyrics

Stacey is a lyricist, librettist, and playwright. Her lyrics were featured Off Broadway and on tour in That’s Life (Outer Critics Circle nomination). She wrote book/lyrics for Understood Betsy (Jackie

Phillip is a composer, arranger, and pianist. He received his Bachelor's of Music from the Eastman School of Music and has studied traditional

Jennie Redling, Book

Jennie is a playwright, librettist, and screenwriter. She is the national recipient of the Stanley Drama Award, the Arlene R. and William P. Lewis Playwriting Award for Women, and BMI’s Jerry Harrington Musical Theatre Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement as a Librettist. Ms. Redling’s plays have been read or produced in Manhattan and nationally at Soho Rep, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Mint Theater, New York Fringe Festival, Urban Stages, and The Barrow Group, among others. Her screenplays include ZONE ONE with HBO series, “Big Love” creator, Mark V. Olsen. She is a certified rape crisis counselor with The Center for Safety and Change in Rockland County, NY and a member of the BMI Librettist's Workshop, the Dramatists Guild, AEA and SAG/AFTRA.

White Memorial National Children's Playwriting Award, National Children's Theatre Festival Award). Story of an Hour, her operetta, premiered with Portland Chamber Orchestra, and her play Jinxed, an O'Neill NPC Finalist, won first place and audience favorite at Dayton Playhouse FutureFest. Stacey has also written animated television episodes for Pinky Dinky Doo, produced by the Sesame Workshop. A five-time fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, she is a member of the BMI Librettists Workshop, ASCAP, and the Dramatists Guild.

drumming and choral music in Ghana and South Africa. Phillip is a member of the Advanced Class of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. He composed the music for The Weatherman (Clear Space Productions, Network One-Act Festival). My Heart Is the Drum is his first full-length musical. Phillip also holds a Master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University, where his studies focused on poverty in Sub-Saharan African. He is a Foreign Service Officer Economist with the Agency for International Development (USAID) and spent five years abroad managing programs to help small businesses and farmers in Southern Africa and Haiti.