Anna K. Jacobs is a Brooklyn-based Composer and Lyricist, who hails from Sydney, Australia. Her musical theatre works include 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 the short musicals Cage Match and Magic 8 Ball (both produced by Prospect Theatre Company). Evenings of her music and lyrics have been presented in concert at Lincoln Center, Ars Nova, The Laurie Beechman Theatre, Barrington Stage Company, NY Theatre Barn, and the Darlinghurst Theatre. She is currently developing two new shows; a musical adaptation of the 2007 Sundance Award-winning indie horror film, Teeth, and 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, Musical Theatre Factory, the Penn State New Musical Theatre Festival, Singing On Stage Productions, New York Theatre Barn, and NYU. Her choral works have been commissioned and performed by choirs across the US and Australia, including the New York City Gay Men's Chorus, the National Lutheran Choir, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir, the Nightingale-Bamford School, the Hotchkiss School, the Sydneian Bach Choir, and Coro Innominata.
She is the recipient of a 2010-11 Dramatists Guild Fellowship, four ASCAP Plus Awards, grants from the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund and Anna Sosenko Assist Trust, and Artist Residencies at Ars Nova, Musical Theatre Factory, 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 Festival (NYMF) to offer programs in creating and performing musical theater and opera. 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. She lives with her husband, Luke, and their son, Lenny, who is named after the late, great Leonard Bernstein.