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Musical Theatre Track

The Writer's Studio Musical Theatre track is designed to provide playwrights with a solid foundation for writing musical theatre. From 2-days to 6 weeks you will write, train, refine, polish, and will receive tailored feedback on your musical.

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The Writer's Studio classes are available year-round in Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer quarters. Click on the icon to the right of the class description to register for the corresponding quarter.

Secret Life of the American Musical Workshop

Based on Jack Viertel’s landmark book, The Secret Life of the American Musical, this 6-week class offers provides insight into what makes a great musical work. Each week you will study masterwork examples from Gypsy to Hamilton, learn skills to create new work, share work in progress, plus much more! Experienced writers gain new tools for refining their musicals, and newcomers to musical theatre writing will gain a “big picture” perspective.

6 Sundays, 1:30-4:30pm (Fall Sep 16 - Oct 21; Spring Mar 31- May 5)

Prerequisite: None


Musicals in Process

Designed to support book writers, lyricists, and composers who have a musical already underway, this advanced course will build on the craft principles taught in Secret Life. Over six weeks, you will collaborate, revise, and receive tailored feedback on your musical-in-process—readying you to submit for professional productions and competitive development opportunities.

6 Sundays, 1:30-4:40pm (Winter Jan 6 - Feb 10)

Prerequisite: Secret Life of the American Musical Workshop or permission of Instructor


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Musical Theatre Bootcamp 

Designed to support individual writers as well as collaborative teams, this 2-day bootcamp offers you a chance to gain valuable new tools for developing musical theatre work, and present work for constructive feedback. 

Appropriate for playwrights, lyricists, and composers with projects at any stage of development, this bootcamp is a kickstarter for new work, and will add fresh perspectives to your projects already in process. If you are passionate about musical theatre, this is a weekend you can't miss!

1 Weekend, 10:00am-5:00pm (Summer Jun 8-9)

Prerequisite: None



Lyric Lab

Hone your lyric writing in this one-of-a-kind six-week writing lab! Grounded in musical theatre and cabaret, you will gain tools for analyzing lyrics, develop ideas effectively through a song and score, and learn how to structure theatre songs lyrically and musically for maximum impact. Come improve your lyric writing through presentation of your work for group discussion and constructive feedback in a supportive atmosphere.

6 Sundays, 1:30-4:30pm (Summer Jun 23 - Jul 28)

Prerequisite: None



If you are interested in registering for more than one Musical Theatre class and want to save up to $100 at the same time, consider purchasing a bundle. Click for more information!

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