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GRoW: A Space for Arts Education

Creating Musical Theater: A Collaborative Lab

Nov 18 - May 24


DATE: November 18, 2019 - May 24, 2020
TIME: Mondays, 7:30pm - 9:30pm

GRoW @ The Wallis is pleased to offer a unique opportunity for creative teams of writers/composers developing new musicals to receive intensive coaching to take a project they have started to the next level. Co-led by Stormy Sacks and Randy Brenner, the main goal of the program is to help participants experience the collaborative process required to bring a new musical from an idea to the stage.

The program is intended for emerging artists who have not yet had their work produced in a professional setting. Up to three teams - each comprised of 2-3 people - will be selected for the program. Coaching sessions will take place at The Wallis in Beverly Hills Monday evenings from 7:30 – 9:30pm from November 2019 – May 2020. In between their weekly coaching sessions, the creative teams will be expected to continue to refine their work.
To be considered, creative teams of two or three people should submit a proposed project including musical composition(s), lyrics, and a book or story outline. Three teams will be selected for the program. Selection will be based on the potential demonstrated in the work submitted and the extent to which the participants would most benefit from this opportunity.

After several months to further develop their pieces, the course participants and faculty will work together to audition professional actors to perform the new musicals and assist in the development process. This will include table reads, scene work in class, and a staged reading at The Wallis for selected portions of each show. Legendary Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz will be invited to visit the class to provide feedback for each of the shows in development. A public showcase performance of portions of each show will be presented at The Wallis in the Lovelace Studio Theater on May 24, 2020.

Tuition for the course is $400 per participant. Scholarships are available based on financial need.

Application Deadline: November 17, 2019.