STACEY LUFTIG (lyrics) is a lyricist, librettist, playwright, and occasional television writer. She was awarded the prestigious Kleban Prize in 2016 and in 2015 shared the Fred Ebb Award for excellence in musical theatre songwriting with composer and songwriting partner Phillip Palmer. Their musical My Heart Is the Drum (bookwriter Jennie Redling) will have its world premiere in March of 2016 at Village Theatre (developed by NAMT, Goodspeed Writers Colony, BMI, and Kent State University). Stacey’s lyrics and monologue were featured Off Broadway and on tour in That’s Life (Outer Critics Circle nomination). She wrote book/lyrics for Understood Betsy (Jackie White Memorial National Children’s Playwriting Award, National Children’s Theatre Festival Award). Story of an Hour, her operetta, premiered with Portland Chamber Orchestra, and her play Jinxed, an O’Neill NPC Finalist, won first place and audience favorite at Dayton Playhouse FutureFest. Stacey has also written animated television episodes for Pinky Dinky Doo, produced by the Sesame Workshop. She is currently writing lyrics for a family musical, partially in Spanish, based on the award-winning book The Tooth Fairy Meets El Ratón Pérez, written by René Colato Laínez. A five-time fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Stacey is a member of the BMI Librettists Workshop, ASCAP, and the Dramatists Guild.www.staceyluftig.com, www.myheartisthedrum.com.