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2015 Jonathan Larson Grants Presented by American Theatre Wing

Check out the up-and-coming musical theater writers who are following in the footsteps of the late Rent composer.

Jonathan Larson Grant recipients Tim Rosser, Sam Willmott, Max Vernon, and Charlie Sohne.
(© American Theatre Wing)

The American Theatre Wing presented the 2015 Jonathan Larson Grants during a ceremony on March 23 at the WNYC Greene Space.

Honorees include writing team Tim Rosser (composer) and Charlie Sohne (lyricist) receiving $10,000, Sam Willmott (composer and lyricist) receiving $10,000 and a weeklong residency at the Running Deer Musical Theatre Lab, and Max Vernon (composer and lyricist) receiving $10,000. This year's recipients were selected by a panel consisting of Amanda Green (Hands on a Hardbody), Steven Lutvak (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder), and Ted Chapin (president and executive director of Rodgers & Hammerstein). The prestigious grants total $30,000.

Given annually to honor emerging composers, lyricists, and book writers, the Jonathan Larson Grants aim to continue composer Jonathan Larson's dream of "infusing musical theater with a contemporary, joyful, urban vitality."

Julie and Al Larson with Heather Hitchens and William Ivey Long of the American Theatre Wing.
(© American Theatre Wing)