Musical Theatre Workshop Application

Download the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop Application. This file is in PDF format.

Composers and Lyricists

Each September a first-year group is formed. Applications are accepted until the August 1 deadline. All submissions are screened prior to auditions, which are normally scheduled the first Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday after Labor Day. Please send completed applications to:

Patrick Cook
7 World Trade Center
250 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10007-0030

With your application, which you can download above, please submit the following:

Composer: Three (3) contrasting compositions on CD - up-tempo, comedy song, ballad.

Lyricist: Three contrasting lyrics - up-tempo, comedy song, ballad.

Composer/Lyricist: Three (3) contrasting songs on CD - up-tempo, comedy song, ballad.

Please provide a short introductory set-up for each song or lyric.

At the auditions, composers must be prepared to perform at least two contrasting theatrical compositions; lyricists are expected to have copies available and to recite samples of their theatrical lyrics.

During the first year, composer and lyricists are paired off (writers may write both words and music) and are asked to create appropriate songs based on specific scenes from various plays, short stories and novels. The writers perform their assignments, and various approaches to the common assignments are discussed by members of the Workshop and the moderator. Every effort is made to insure that each writer retains his or her individual style. In addition, the writers study the requirements of the libretto, and analyze and discuss current and past musicals. The First Year culminates in the creation of a 10-minute musical.

In the Workshop’s final phase (Second Year), teams work on a musical. The Workshop functions as a forum and a sounding board for works in progress, as music and lyrics are critically evaluated and open dialogue is encouraged.

At the end of each Second Year, participants present excerpts from their musicals in progress, and the Workshop Committee determines which writers from that group will be invited to join the Advanced Workshop. Not everyone is asked. This Workshop is intended for writers of professional caliber who are expected to contribute to the vitality of the musical theatre scene.

The Workshops meet one afternoon a week for two hours, under the guidance of distinguished writers and directors. There are no restrictions on membership and no fees.


The Workshop’s goal is to develop the skills unique to musical theatre bookwriters through round-table presentations and critiques of its members’s ongoing musical theatre scriptwriting projects. Current and past musicals are analyzed and discussed – the successes as well as the failures. Librettists are encouraged to team with BMI Workshop composers and lyricists for actual collaboration on new musicals. The Workshop is moderated by veteran Broadway and Off-Broadway literary manager Nancy Golladay.

Accomplished writers in all genres are invited to submit excerpts from works published, produced or in progress. Samples from any medium, dialogue or narrative, are allowed; but at least 10 pages of the material must be in dramatic script form. Submissions must also include at least one sample of comedy writing, and theatrical scenes in this genre are preferred to stand-up or sketch comedy. The Workshop meets Monday evenings in New York City from September through May. Prospective members must make their own living arrangements in the city or be able to commute weekly. The Workshop does not charge membership or application fees.

The application form can be downloaded here. Electronic submissions are preferred, though information for applying via snail-mail can also be found on the application. Application materials such as bios and script samples can be sent as .pdf or .doc files to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Writers should be sure that your first initial and last name appear on each page of your support materials.

The 2015 application deadline for the Librettist Workshop is June 1.