BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop

The BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, a program that is widely regarded as the premiere training ground for emerging musical theatre composers, lyricists, and librettists.

How to Apply

Steering Committee

Patrick Cook, Director

Kirsten Childs
Frederick Freyer
Nancy Golladay
Arri Lawton Simon
Dionne McClain-Freeney
Mary Liz McNamara
Adam Mathias
Alan Menken
David Spencer
Sara Wordsworth
Maury Yeston

Notable shows

By current and former Members and Alumni of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.


Workshop History

Learn about Lehman Engel and BMI's support for Musical Theatre through this award-winning program.


Opportunities & Awards

Presented by the BMI Foundation

Jerry Bock Award

Named in honor of the BMI composer of Fiddler on the Roof, The Rothchilds, She Loves Me, The Apple Tree, and Fiorello, this monetary award is presented to Workshop writers and composers for furtherance of a promising musical project.

Jerry Harrington Awards

These monetary awards are made annually in memory of Jerry Harrington to outstanding members of The Workshop.

Ellen Schwartz Award

The Ellen Schwartz Award for Outstanding Literary Merit in Lyric Writing is presented annually to a Second Year or Advanced Class participant of The Workshop.

Presented by BMI, managed by the Dramatist Guild Fund

The George Bailey Fund

This fund, donated anonymously by a Workshop member, was inspired by the film classic It’s a Wonderful Life. The fund provides first and second-year members with financial assistance for unforeseen expenses that would hinder the pursuit of their craft. Grants are awarded during each workshop term.


For more information about the workshop:

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