Lyricist & Librettist
Stacey Luftig is a lyricist, librettist, playwright, and occasional television writer. She has written lyrics for My Heart Is the Drum (Village Theatre); book and lyrics for the family musical Understood Betsy (Actors Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre); and the libretto for Story of an Hour (Portland Chamber Orchestra). She has also contributed lyrics and a monologue to That’s Life, a revue produced Off Broadway and in cities nationwide.
Among her new musicals are Saving Amelia, about Jackie Cochran, a female pilot who tried to stop Amelia Earhart from taking her round-the-world flight; The Tooth Fairy Versus El Ratón Pérez, a bicultural conflict for a boy who loses his first tooth; and The Messiah Underground, a comedy-drama set in ancient Jerusalem (with composer Phillip Palmer [My Heart Is the Drum, Saving Amelia] and playwright Larry Kunofsky.)
Stacey’s honors include: the Kleban Prize (Lyricist); the Fred Ebb Award for Musical Theatre Songwriting; the Jerry Harrington Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement as a Librettist; The Gramercy-Saltzman Opera Award; the National Children’s Theatre Festival Award; the BMI Jerry Bock Award; the Jackie White National Children’s Playwriting Award; the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference (Finalist); and the Outer Critics Circle Award (Nominee). Stacey is a five-time fellow of the VCCA and has received additional support from NY SongSpace, the Rhinebeckbeck Writers Retreat, and the Johnny Mercer Writers Retreat at Goodspeed Musicals. She’s a member of the Dramatists Guild, ASCAP, and the BMI Workshop.