BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop Now Accepting Applications Through August 4

Posted in News on July 12, 2017
Award-winning workshop alumni Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson Lopez perform at BMI’s NY office.
Award-winning workshop alumni Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson Lopez perform at BMI’s NY office.

The BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop is now accepting applications for its first-year composer and lyricist class through the end of day on Friday, August 4. This prestigious workshop begins mid-September 2017 and runs through June 2018. A recipient of the Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre Award, the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop consists of approximately 250 composers, lyricists and book writers who are currently writing and developing new works for the musical theatre.

The first-year class is moderated by BMI’s Director of Musical Theatre, Patrick Cook, and Workshop Administrator, Frederick Freyer. Meeting in the Workshop themselves, Cook and Freyer participated in 1983 and have composed and written several musical works together. They conduct the workshop with their invaluable firsthand experience and deep appreciation and adoration for the theater.

“After another amazing year, we are thrilled to be back again accepting a fresh group of extremely talented aspiring writers,” says Cook. “Seeing firsthand the incredible work that has come from the workshop, I know this new class will enrich the musical theatre community for years to come.”

Alumni of the workshop include EGOT recipient Robert Lopez (Frozen, The Book of Mormon, Avenue Q), Academy Award-winner Kristen Anderson Lopez (Frozen), and Tony Award-winners Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), Edward Kleban (A Chorus Line), Maury Yeston (Titanic, Grand Hotel, Nine), Jeff Marx (Avenue Q), Michael John LaChiusa (Queen of the Mist, Marie Christine, The Wild Party) and Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal).

The purpose of the workshop is to bring writers and composers together to work under the guidance and supervision of experienced professionals in order to develop new creative talent in American musical theatre. A springboard for new works, the workshop creates a learning environment for members to experiment, take risks and learn from moderators and other participants. Once accepted, first-year members will be eligible to apply for The Dramatists Guild Fund, which was introduced earlier this year by BMI and the Dramatists Guild. This grant provides financial assistance with any unforeseen expenses that go beyond the normal day-to-day cost of living that could interfere with the creative process.

Click here to apply!