Theater Now New York (TNNY), an artist services organization dedicated to the development, production, publication and broadcast of short and long musicals, will host a musical theater workshop for young writers this fall in New York City public high schools. The after-school program will teach the art and art of musical theater writing to students, who will write and present 10-minute musicals that express the stories and ideas they want to share with the world.
This fall’s pilot program begins in partnership with the Louis D. Brandeis High School campus, a group of four schools on the Upper East Side of Manhattan with a drama program led by arts manager Sean Turner, PhD. Students will learn the basics of storytelling, music composition and lyric writing from members of the Musical Writers Lab at Theater Now. The faculty of the program, led by the Associate Artistic Director of Theater Now Jason aguirre, includes Jonathan Eric Foster, AJ Freeman, Kenny Harmon and Jonathon lynch, each of whom is a professional writer with experience in teaching musical theater. The program will end with a public performance of the 10-minute musicals written by the students.
According to the artistic director of Theater Now Thomas Morrissey, “Our intention is that this program exposes students from diverse backgrounds to musical theater. These students may have a fondness for music, poetry, or dramatic writing, but may not yet realize that theater could be an avenue for their talents and talents. With the training of new writers through a program like this. , new authentic stories are available for the stage. “
Adds the general manager Colleen Harris, “We hope that young writers will feel encouraged to express their voices and tell stories that would otherwise remain hidden and silent. We believe that programs like this can be a catalyst for change, creating theater for everything. the world.”
Theater Now is an artist services organization dedicated to the development, production, publication and broadcast of short and long musicals, providing ongoing support to writers and their work to nurture voices and forms. that push the boundaries of musical theater. The Musical Theater Workshop for Young Writers is supported in part by the Innovation and Exploration Fund, a program of the National Alliance for Musical Theater, with funding from Starhawk Productions and the Capdevilla Gillespie Foundation –