BETH BLATT has written for stage, TV, radio and print in the U.S. and abroad.
Awards/Prizes: Directors’ Choice Award from the New York Musical Festival (book and lyrics, The Mistress Cycle), developmental grant for Oneida from NAMT (National Association of Musical Theatre), the Georgia Bogardus Holof Lyricist Award from the O’Neill Musical Theatre Conference; Dramatists’ Guild fellowship (for lyrics and playwriting); 2econd Stage Theatre Klinsky Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre; Jonathan Larson Foundation grant; twice finalist for the Sondheim Prize (Mercury Musical Development, London).
Residencies: Sundance/UCross Foundation (UCross, Wyoming), Running Deer Writers Retreat (WA State), Queens University/Mercury Musical Development Writers’ Retreat (Belfast, Ireland), Goodspeed Musicals (twice), the O’Neill Musical Theatre Conference, Theatre Works Palo Alto, America-In-Play (New York City).
Beth is currently working on a commission from the Village Theatre (Issaquah, WA) for her new musical, Oneida (book/lyrics), and it was part of the Festival of New Musicals (2012). She is also writing an original musical with Jeff Blumenkrantz.
The Mistress Cycle (music, Jenny Giering) was seen off-Broadway (NYMF, Director’s Choice Award) and in Chicago (The Apple Tree Theater in 2008, the Auditorium Theatre in 2009). The show received 3 Jefferson Award nominations and rave reviews. The musical received development in New York City by AWOL, at Palo Alto Theatreworks, at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and at Barrington Stage. The show won the NATS Art Song competition.
Beth wrote book/lyrics for the musical version of the popular children’s book, Island of the Blue Dolphins; which became one of TheatreWorks USA’s best-selling shows on the West Coast (also with Jenny Giering). She also wrote lyrics for the new musical, Princess Caraboo (book by Marsha Norman, music by Jenny Giering, dir. Gary Griffin), which was presented at NAMT, had a staged reading at Goodspeed/Chester, and readings at TheatreWorks Palo Alto and at Juilliard.
Beth’s work has been performed at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center American Songbook Series, Feinstein’s, the Century Center, Symphony Space, in the Donnell Library Songbook Series, and at the MAC/ASCAP Showcase. In Japan, Beth wrote lyrics (with legendary Japanese composer Yagi Masao) for jingles, television theme songs, pop songs, and musicals. In Hong Kong, she conceived, created and sang in the revues Hooray for Hollywood andThe Women for the Arts Center. She has performed her sketch comedy and monologues in New York City with Chicago City Limits.
Beth is the founder of Hope Sings™, a music project in support of microfinance. Hope Sings™ is creating songs which tell the stories of people whose lives have been transformed by microloans. Writers and producers for artists such as Marc Antony, Ruben Blades and Jennifer Lopez have committed to the project.
Beth has taught Musical Theatre Songwriting at Adelphi University. She is a member of the BMI/Lehman Engel Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop, the Dramatists’ Guild and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Dartmouth College. She has extensive international writing and performing experience, having lived and/or worked in Tokyo, Hong Kong, France, Germany and Panama.