Writers Phillip Palmer, Stacey Luftig and Jennie Redling at a rehearsal for the NAMT presentation of My Heart is the Drum with music director Joe Church. Photo by Ric Kallaher

Playwright, Librettist, Screenwriter

© Copyright 2017, Jennie Redling 

Jennie Redling is a recipient of BMI’s Jerry Harrington Musical Theatre Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement as a Librettist, the national Stanley Drama Award and the Arlene R. and William P. Lewis Playwriting Award for Women. She is the book writer for the musical My Heart Is The Drum (with composer Phillip Palmer and lyricist Stacey Luftig) which received a world premiere at Village Theatre in 2016, directed by Schele Williams, and was developed at the NAMT Festival of New Musicals, the Goodspeed Johnny Mercer Writers Colony, Kent State University, and the BMI Lehman-Engle Musical Theatre Workshop.  Drum was featured in NAMT’s 46th Minute Concert in October 2017 and will present at the Good to Go Festival of new Music by Women in March 2018. A podcast reading of Jennie’s award-winning play, Gone Astray was aired by Pittsburgh’s 12 Peers Theatre in their 2016 Modern Myths New Play Series. Jennie’s screenplays include Zone One with Mark V. Olsen and The Six Candles for Seven Over Seven Productions. Among theatres where her plays were read or produced are New Jersey Repertory Theatre, Soho Rep, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Mint Theater, Urban Stages, Abingdon Theatre, The Barrow Group, New York Theater Festival and Penguin Repertory Theater.


Jennie was a finalist for the 2017 Jonathan Larson Grant, the 2016 Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater, the Arts & Letters Prize for Drama, the Mildred and Albert Panowski Playwriting Award, the Actors Theatre of Louisville Ten-Minute Play Competition and The O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. Her monologues and scenes are published in Smith & Kraus’s Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20’s and International Centre for Women Playwrights’ Scenes from a Diverse World. Jennie is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, The Actors Studio Playwrights-Directors Workshop, the International Centre for Women Playwrights, AEA and SAG-AFTRA.  She is a certified counselor with the Center for Safety and Change, Rockland County, New York serving survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.