NEW YORK CITY — Benjamin Scheuer, a New York-based composer, lyricist, record producer and guitar player, began Escapist Papers in 2006. With them, he has released two albums: ESCAPIST PAPERS and THE BRIDGE. Their music video for the song “The Lion” premiered at the 2013 Annecy Film Festival in France, where it won the Special Jury Award for Best Commissioned Film. The video has also won Best Music Video and Best Animated Video at London’s 2013 Chrystal Palace International Film Festival.
Scheuer's work has been featured at the Edinburgh Festival (2013 Musical Theatre Network Award for Best Lyrics); The St. James Theatre, London; The Jermyn Street Theatre, London; and Lincoln Center. He is the recipient of the 2013 ASCAP Foundation Cole Porter Award for excellence in songwriting.
Scheuer has been a writer-in-residence at the Goodspeed Opera House, the Weston Playhouse, and the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project. He is the curator of the Cornelia Street Café’s Songwriter Series. He holds a B.A. in English from Harvard.