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Mapping Out Your Musical

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About The Course

How do you track a musical from creation to workshop? What are the fine details of each step into making a musical? In ‘Mapping Out Your Musical’ we will explore the infinite and finite of each step and angle of creating a musical; then we will touch on some of the different processes of workshopping and developing a musical, ending the course with a showcase. Throughout this course, you can expect a thorough and cohesive guide through creating or editing a musical. You’ll have the option to use your script or the scripts of contemporary and classical musical theatre pieces to develop, present, and explore! Topics in this course include Music and Lyric form and architecture breakdowns, book strengthening exercises, brief structure analysis of YA & jukebox musicals, and many more. Each class meets with the same people twice a week for 4 weeks culminating in an evening ZOOM Showcase. More information in the previous sessions Course Breakdown here

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Why This Course?

  • You can bring your own musical or start working on the musical of your dreams!

  • You’ve studied musical theatre playwriting, composing, or lyrics, and are interested in furthering and diversifying your skills!

  • You’re working with (a) new collaborator(s) and want to see if things will “gel”!

  • You feel like you’re a fast learner and you’ve got a desire to write a musical!

  • You’re a dramaturg interested in learning some of the development layers of a musical!

$450 Seat

$300 Seat

$150 Seat

Donate to The Scholarship Program

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Why Seats?

Seats are how I keep the courses intimate and affordable. For example, you are receiving a full 11-hour course in musical development ($800), a 1 - hour consultation ($200), and a network of artists who will be familiar with your work (PRICELESS). All people, including artists, come from different backgrounds and economic access; when choosing your seat please keep in mind what you are receiving and what you can genuinely afford to pay. The seat system allows me and you to create a community that is diverse, equitable, and beneficial. I strive to keep and maintain accessible space for BIPOC artists and am developing a scholarship fund to have more seats available. Here is the overall seat price breakdown. I will update the available seat list. Reminder there are a total of 10 seats.

February 1st - February 25th Session Seats Available:

2 seats @ $450 

3 seats @ $300 

3 seats @ $150 

Course meets Monday & Thursday 4pm - 5:30pm

Interested in a Scholarship? Have a General Inquiry? Fill out the Form Below!

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Storyteller Sessions

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About The Course

When is the first time you told a story? Was it by a campfire? Was it to get out of trouble? Do you love the craft of sparking the idea, the outline of the thesis, and the success of the resolution? In ‘Storyteller Sessions’ we will explore the different approaches and dissect the diverse practices of storytelling for Playwrights, Screen Writers, and Musical Theatre Book Writers. Throughout this course, you can expect a thorough and cohesive guide through writing or editing a play, screenplay, or book (musical). You will receive a daily guide PDF for writing prompts, questions to ponder in your writing, and artists and pieces you should explore! You’ll have the option to use your script or your choice of diverse scripts from contemporary and classical artists to develop, present, and explore! Topics in this course include: Script Formatting, Strengthening a Premise, Storytelling as A Ritual, and many more. Each class meets with the same people twice a week for five weeks culminating in an evening ZOOM Showcase. Each participant can sign up for a 1-hour consultation with Janelle Lawrence. Participants are encouraged to sign up for this course if they have little to advance play, screenplay, or book (musical) skills! Each participant is provided a PDF packet to view before the course to make sure they’re up to speed with some of the language, techniques, and shows that will be referenced/mentioned/worked from. Sign up for this course to strengthen your writing and collaborative teams! Previous Session Course Description Here

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Why This Course

  • You can bring your own play, screenplay, book (musical), or start working on the story you’ve been trying to tell

  • You’ve studied playwriting, screenplay, or narrative writing, and are interested in furthering and diversifying your skills!

  • You’re working with (a) new collaborator(s) and want to explore an idea!

  • You feel like you’re a fast learner and you’ve got a desire to write!

  • You’re a dramaturg interested in learning some of the development layers of a play!

Donate to The Scholarship Program

$450 Seat

$200 Seat

$150 Seat

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What Are Seats?

Seats are how I keep the courses intimate and affordable. For example: you are receiving a full 15-hour course in storytelling and artistic development development ($800), a 1 - hour consultation ($100), and a network of artists who will be familiar with your work (PRICELESS). All people and artists come from different backgrounds and economic access; when choosing your seat please keep in mind what you are receiving and what you can genuinely afford to pay. This allows for me and you to create a community that is diverse, equitable, and beneficial. I strive to also keep and maintain accessible space for BIPOC artists and am developing a scholarship fund to have more seats available. Here is the overall seat price breakdown. I will update the available seat list. Reminder that there are a total of 10 seats.

January 26th - February 25th 

Session Available Seats:

$450 for 3 seats

$200 for 3 seats

$150 for 4 seats

Course Meets Tuesday & Thursdays from 11am - 12:45pm EST

Interested in A Scholarship? Have a General Inquiry? Fill Out the Form Below!

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