Phillip Palmer

Phillip Palmer (Music and Concept, Orchestrations) is the winner of the 2015 Fred Ebb Award for Musical Theater Songwriting for his work on My Heart Is the Drum (with lyricist Stacey Luftig, who also won the 2016 Kleban Prize for songs from Drum.) My Heart Is the Drum is his first musical; it was developed at the NAMT Festival of New Musicals (2013), the Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals, the BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop, and Kent State University, and the show’s premiere at Village Theatre was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Mr. Palmer wrote the music for The Weatherman (book and lyrics by Alisa Klein Hauser, Clear Space Productions and Network One-Act Festival). His dance compositions Three Miniatures and Tango have been choreographed and performed at the Rochester Institute of Technology and the ImageMovementSound Festival in Rochester, NY. He graduated from the Eastman School of Music and has studied traditional drumming and choral music in Ghana and South Africa. Mr. Palmer is also commissioned Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), part of the U.S. State Department. In his capacity as a diplomat, he lived and worked for five years in Southern Africa and Haiti, where he managed programs to help small farmers and businesses. He holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University, where his studies focused on poverty in sub-Saharan Africa.