Sarah Schlesinger

Academic Associate Dean; Arts Professor; Chairperson

Sarah Schlesinger is the chair of  Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at Tisch School of the Arts. She is a lyricist and librettist who collaborates with Grammy Award winning composer winner Mike Reid. Sarah and Mike wrote the music and lyrics for A Wind In The Willows Christmas, in collaboration with bookwriter Mindi Dickstein. The show premiered at Two River Theater Company in Red Bank, New Jersey in December, 2012. They also wrote the score for In This House, a new chamber musical in collaboration with bookwriter Jonathan Bernstein. In This House premiered at Two River Theater Company in March, 2012.  They have written the score for Casanova Returns, which was showcased in Cardiff, Wales at the Global Search for New Musicals and is currently in development in Germany. Their show, Ballad of Little Jo, was produced at Steppenwolf as the theatre company’s first musical to celebrate its 25th Anniversary and subsequently opened to rave reviews at the Bridewell Theatre in London. They were the creators of Different Fields, which was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera Guild and Prairie Songs, commissioned by the Amernet Quartet. Sarah was also the lyricist librettist for Love Comics, which premiered at the George Street Playhouse, produced by Daryl Roth, and Swing Shift at the Manhattan Theatre Club. She has been the recipient of the Kleban Award for Best Lyricist, The Richard Rodgers Award, a Gilman-Gonzalez Falla Theatre Foundation Award and Chicago’s Jeff Award for best original musical. She is currently creating the book and lyrics for Magic, a new musical about amateur magicians and writing the lyrics for Blueberry Pie, a new musical theatre piece about the National Guard in Iraq. At NYU, Sarah has been the recipient of the David Payne Carter Award and the University Distinguished Teacher Award.



University of Maryland

Master of Arts

College Park, Maryland