Saturdays, 10am - 1pm

May 5 – June 16


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Develop your musical-in-process while learning advanced musical theatre storytelling techniques. Writers will share work in class every week in a supportive and constructive atmosphere. This class is designed to support writers who are working on projects in any stage of development, from working through first drafts to rewriting and polishing pieces that have been in development for a longer period.

Sign up with your writing collaborators and pay a single course fee, or sign up as an individual writer or composer. $250 for the session ($175 for current college students)

Scholarship opportunities: There are two scholarship/work-study positions available for this class. Candidates for these positions should be recent graduates, or professionals already working in musical theatre. Candidates must apply with work samples. Please contact  for more information about scholarships.

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Cheryl is a playwright/lyricist, and has co-written more than a dozen musicals which have received professional productions, including River’s End  (ASCAP Foundation Harold Arlen Musical Theatre Award, Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards for Original Script and Score, Theatre for the American Musical Award, NAMT and NYMF), At Wit’s End (Carbonell Award for Best New Work), Sylvia’s Read Good Advice (Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work), Female Problems (After Dark Award for Best Music) and Phantom of the Country Opera, published by Music Theatre International. Her work has been developed and showcased at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center’s National Music Theatre Conference, the National Alliance of Musical Theater’s Festival of New Works, and the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF).  Projects she’s written have twice been selected for the ASCAP Workshop in Los Angeles and Chicago. Her original novelty songs have been featured on Good Morning, America, The Today Show, and NPR’s Morning Edition. She is the Chicago Regional Rep for the Dramatists Guild.


Sebastian is a composer/lyricist and bookwriter. Originally from Miami, Florida, he recently moved to Chicago after 7 years in New York City where he received his MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Full length shows: Steve-25, 14 Reasons Why I Love You, Crazy Bet, Yoey & Yeya, Toy Soldiers, Losing Nora, Alligator Ali (book/lyrics by Chris Widney), The Tenth Floor (book by Sara Cooper, Next Link Selection NYMF 2010, Talkin’ Broadway Outstanding New Musical Citation); Children’s Theatre: Help Wanted: Pirates!, The Elko Aliens (both with book/lyrics by Chris Widney).