Email: info@myheartisthedrum.com. All content © 2013 by Phillip Palmer, Jennie Redling, and Stacey Luftig.

Phillip Palmer,
Concept & Music

Phillip is the winner of the 2015 Fred Ebb Award for Musical Theater Songwriting and a finalist for the 2016 Richard Rodgers Award for My Heart Is the Drum, his first musical. Mr. Palmer wrote the music for The Weatherman (book and lyrics by Alisa Klein Hauser, Clear Space Productions, and Network One-Act Festival). His dance compositions have been choreographed and performed at the Rochester Institute of Technology and the ImageMovementSound Festival in Rochester, NY. He graduated from the Eastman School of Music and has studied traditional drumming and choral music in Ghana and South Africa. Mr. Palmer is also commissioned Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). In his capacity as a diplomat, he lived and worked for five years in Southern Africa and Haiti, where he managed programs to help small farmers and businesses. He holds a Master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University.  
www.phillippalmercomposer.com

Jennie Redling,
Book

Jennie is a recipient of BMI’s Jerry Harrington Musical Theatre Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement as a Librettist, the national Stanley Drama Award, and the Arlene R. and William P. Lewis Playwriting Award for Women. She was a finalist for the 2017 Jonathan Larson Grant, the 2016 Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater, the Arts & Letters Prize for Drama, and the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. Jennie is book writer for My Heart is The Drum, which premiered at Village Theatre in 2016 and was developed at the NAMT Festival of New Musicals, the Goodspeed Johnny Mercer Writers Colony, Kent State University, and the BMI Lehman-Engle Musical Theatre Workshop. Among theatres where her plays were performed are Soho Rep, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Urban Stages, Penguin Repertory Theater, Buffalo’s Alleyway Theatre and Pittsburgh’s 12 Peers Theatre. Jennie is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, BMI Musical Theatre Librettists Workshop, The Actors Studio Playwrights-Directors Lab, the International Centre for Women Playwrights, AEA, and SAG-AFTRA. Jennie is a certified crisis counselor, having worked for over a decade with the Center for Safety and Change, Rockland County, New York serving survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. 
www.jennieredling.com

Stacey is a lyricist, librettist, and playwright. She was awarded the 2017 Jerry Bock Award, the 2016 Kleban Prize, and the 2015 Fred Ebb Award in recognition of her lyrics for My Heart Is the Drum. As a librettist, she won the inaugural 2019 Saltzman-Gramercy Opera Prize for Story of an Hour and the 2018 BMI Jerry Harrington Musical Theatre Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement for the musical Saving Amelia, for which she also wrote lyrics (music by Phillip Palmer). Saving Amelia was based on her play Jinxed, an O'Neil NPC Finalist. Stacey’s lyrics were featured Off-Broadway and on tour in That's Life (Outer Critics Circle nom.). She wrote book/lyrics for Understood Betsy (Winner, Jackie White National Children's Playwriting Award and the National Children's Theatre Festival Award). Stacey has also written lyrics for family musical The Tooth Fairy Meets El Ratón Pérez, which will premiere in 2020. She is grateful for support from NY SongSpace, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, the Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Member: BMI Workshops, ASCAP, and the Dramatists Guild.
www.staceyluftig.com

Stacey Luftig,
Lyrics

Schele Williams,
Director

Schele is a Brooklyn-based director committed to cultivating new musicals as well as directing and producing devised work. She has directed at numerous regional theatres across the country and New Works festivals including NAMT, NYMTF, and Theatreworks Palo Alto. Schele reconceived and directed the 2017-2018 Motown National Tour. Her Broadway credits include: Associate director of Motown the Musical, as Associate Choreographer for Rent on Broadway, as well as the National and International touring companies. Passionate about pairing social justice with the arts, Schele has directed numerous Broadway events, including: The People’s State of the Union (starring Common, Andra Day, John Leguizamo, Amy Schumer, and Wanda Sykes); Uprising of Love (starring Sting and Patti Lupone) for global equality; Defying Inequality (starring Lisa Minnelli and Ben Vereen) a benefit for marriage equality for which she received a New York City Proclamation; and From Broadway to Bourbon Street, a benefit for the victims of Hurricane Katrina (Starring Bernadette Peters and David Hyde Pierce). Schele is the director of the NYU Center of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging’s devised plays for Fortune 500 companies. In addition, Schele is a member of the Tony-Award-winning Broadway Inspirational Voices and serves as Chairman of the Board.

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