Amas Musical Theater Announces 5th Annual Eric H. Weinberger Award for Emerging Lyricists


The Amas Musical Theater announced the fifth year of the Eric H. Weinberger Award for Emerging Librettists, a cash and juried production grant to be awarded annually to support the early work and career of a musical theater librettist deserving. The award commemorates the life and work of playwright/librettist Eric H. Weinberger (1950-2017), Drama Desk Award nominee for Best Book of a Musical (Wanda’s World), and playwright/librettist of Class Mothers’ 68, which earned Pricilla Lopez a Drama Desk Award nomination.

The winner will receive $2,000 to help with cost of living expenses. The winning musical will receive development assistance through the 2024 New Works Development Program from Musical Theater Amas, which administers the award. Development assistance results in the work being rehearsed and performed by New York theater professionals in an Amas Lab production. Amas was the development center for several Mr. Weinberger musicals and produced the world premiere of Wanda’s World and the New York premiere of Tea for Three.

“With the many setbacks in the theater industry over the past three years, we are grateful to have this opportunity to continue to do theater and create an impact in our community,” shares Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer of Amas. “Our 2020 and 2021 winners, Cheeyang Ng and Eric Sorrels, and Gabe Caruso and Sangwoo Lee attended development workshops for their musicals Māyā and Settle Down this year. We are thrilled to begin working with our 2022 winners, Charlie Roman and Will Wegner, on their piece Onward & Upward, and to welcome a new wave of inspiring voices to our musical theater family.”

Submissions will open September 19, 2022 and close December 2, 2022. All submissions must be submitted via an online application which can be found at the Eric H. Weinberger Award for Emerging Librettists. Only one submission per playwright/librettist will be accepted. The winner of the award will be announced in March/April 2023. For more information, please visit

Eric H. Weinberger (1950-2017) was a musical theater playwright and librettist. Her credits include Class Mothers ’68, with Priscilla Lopez (Off Broadway and Luna-Stage/”>Luna Stage – Star Ledger Award for Best New Comedy in New Jersey), Six Hands (Yale University and Luna-Stage/”> Luna Stage), The Nightwatchman (Luna-Stage/”>Luna Stage and On the Rock Productions, Key West), Tea for Three, with and featuring Elaine Bromka (Amas Musical Theater and touring the country since 2004, www, three children’s shows at Andy’s Summer Playhouse in Peterborough, NH. Musicals: Wanda’s World (Amas Musical Theatre, Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Book of a Musical, Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Musical) and published by Theatrical Rights Worldwide,, …and then I wrote a song about it (Luna-Stage/”>Luna Stage and The Diversionary Theater in San Diego,, Brothers, Boyfriends and Other Cri minals, (Zach Theater in Austin, Texas), A Dog Story (Off Broadway and The Waterfront Playhouse, Key West). Workshop production of _Giant Steps, an “urban” version of Jack & The Beanstalk (U of Texas in Austin).

Amas Musical Theater (Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer) is a non-profit, multi-ethnic theater organization founded in 1968 by Ms. Rosetta LeNoire. Amas (“love you” in Latin) is dedicated to creating, developing and professionally producing new American musicals, celebrating cultural equity and minority perspectives, nurturing new artistic talent and training and encouraging inner-city youth. people.


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