Anna K. Jacobs is a Brooklyn-based Composer and Lyricist, who hails from Sydney, Australia. She wrote the music for POP! (3 CT Critics Circle Awards; 7 Helen Hayes nominations; 3 Richmond Theatre Critics Circle nominations), HARMONY, KANSAS (4 SCENIE Awards; 3 San Diego Critics Circle Award nominations), STELLA AND THE MOON MAN (Helpmann Award), and CAGE MATCH (Prospect Theater Company, 2013). Evenings of her music and lyrics have been presented in concert at Lincoln Center, Ars Nova, Barrington Stage Company, and the Darlinghurst Theatre. Anna is currently working on a musical adaptation of the indie horror film, TEETH, which was initially developed through Ars Nova’s Uncharted program. She is also in residence at the Musical Theatre Factory, where she is developing ECHO, a three-woman reimagining of the Echo and Narcissus myth.
Anna’s musicals have been developed and produced by Yale Rep and the Yale Institute for Music Theatre, Pittsburgh City Theatre, Studio Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company and Theatre of Image, Diversionary Theatre, Firehouse Theatre Project, Goodspeed Musicals, the Penn State New Musical Theatre Festival, Singing On Stage Productions, New York Theatre Barn, and NYU (SCAN). Her choral works have been commissioned and performed by choirs across the US and Australia, and her Ave Maria for SATB double choir won the 2006 US National Lutheran Choir Composition Contest. It was subsequently published by MorningStar Music Publishers and included on the album Eternity (National Lutheran Choir, Catapult, 2006), and has been broadcast nationwide.
She is the recipient of a 2010-11 Dramatists Guild Fellowship, three ASCAP Plus Awards, grants from the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund and Anna Sosenko Assist Trust, and Artist Residencies at New Dramatists, Barrington Stage Company, Goodspeed Musicals, CAP21, and Bundanon Trust. As an Educator, Anna partners with institutions such as the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Lincoln Center Theater, and the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) to offer programs in music and theater. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Mannes College The New School For Music, where she teaches “The Art of Engagement.”
Anna received her M.F.A. from NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, her B.M. (Honors I) from the University of Sydney, and also studied composition at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She is a proud member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild of America.
Art of Engagement