"Join us as we celebrate the work of 2018 Jonathan Larson Grant recipients Emily Kaczmarek and Zoe Sarnak.
Emily Kaczmarek is a NYC-based writer, teacher, and performer. Works include: Sam & Lizzie (First Floor Theatre, 2018 NPC Semifinalist), Afloat (with Zoe Sarnak; Prospect Theatre Company, WP Theatre Pipeline Festival), Afterwords (with Zoe Sarnak; Village Theatre Beta Series, Village Originals Festival of New Musicals, Playwrights Horizons–Musical Theatre Factory workshop, NYMF Developmental Reading), American Kids (City Theatre ShortCuts, BoxFest Detroit), Landed, Alma Mater and Hold Your Peace (with Zoe Sarnak; New York Film Academy commissions), Paper & Glue (Future of Storytelling Conference, various high schools in NY and CA), and Anything New (NYU commission, Wombat Theatre Co). Residencies include: SPACE on Ryder Farm, Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Goodspeed Musicals. Awards include: 2018 Kleban Prize Finalist, 2017 Premiere Stages Play Festival Semifinalist. She also teaches writing to high schoolers through the college access program SEO Scholars, and sings whenever possible. Education: New York University. http://emilykaczmarek.com/
Zoe Sarnak’s works include: Secret Soldiers (with Marsha Norman, Williamstown Theatre Festival Commission), Afterwords (with Emily Kaczmarek, Village Theatre Beta Series Production), Afloat (with Emily Kaczmarek, WP Pipeline Festival), The Years Between (with Kirsten Guenther, T-Fellowship lab), Galileo (with Danny Strong, Michael Weiner and dir. Michael Mayer), Teddy & Max (with Brian Crawley), Landed, Alma Mater, and Hold Your Peace (with Emily Kaczmarek, NYFA commissions) and Transport Group’s 20th Century Commission (with Michele Lowe). Awards include: Fred Ebb Award finalist, two time Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award finalist, NY Stage & Film’s Founders Award finalist, Davenport Contest Winner, Women’s Project Lab Artist. Residencies include: The Public Theater at Vineyards Arts, Goodspeed, Williamstown Theatre Festival, New York Theatre Workshop, McCarter Theater Residency, Eugene O’Neill Artist Residency, and Rhinebeck Writers Retreat. Music featured: NY Times Live, Lilly Awards, and more. Education: Harvard University. http://www.zoesarnak.com
The Larson Legacy Concert Series at the Adelphi PAC celebrates the next generation of artists at the college home of the creator of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical RENT, Jonathan Larson (’82). Each year, the American Theatre Wing presents emerging creators of musical theatre with The Jonathan Larson Grants. Select recipients of these grants are showcased at the Adelphi PAC in this series to help nurture and support the next generation of creative artists to carry on Jonathan Larson’s legacy. Past recipients of these grants have gone on to create the Broadway musicals Dear Evan Hansen, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Grey Gardens, Next To Normal, Elf, Hands on a Hardbody, A Christmas Story and many more." - Adelphi University Performing Arts Center