Writing Music for Musical Theatre (Summer 2020)

06/16/2020 - 07/28/2020




  • $299.00  -  General
  • $249.00  -  New Student




Sessions: 7 Tuesdays
Session Dates: Jun 16, 23, 30, Jul 07, 14, 21, 28
Session Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm Central Time
Discount Codes may not be applied to Writing Music for Musical Theatre.
Membership discounts are still applicable.


Writing Music for Musical Theatre

Jun 16 - Jul 28
6:00pm - 9:00pm Central Time

Instructor: Diana Lawrence

This 7-week course offers composers and songwriters an exploration of the craft of composition for musical theatre. Participants will gain creative and structural tools for dramatic songwriting by both studying existing work and developing work of their own.

Appropriate for songwriters and composers at all career stages, each class session includes a balance of new course content presented by the instructor, and the chance for writers to present their own work. While weekly assignments will focus on the creation of new music, the class will also give participants the opportunity to share work from existing projects and present revisions of previous work for response.

Experienced writers gain new tools to sharpen their compositional voices, while newcomers explore foundational concepts that allow their voices to start singing. All writers will be encouraged to take bold musical risks, and a supportive and communal class environment will allow them to do so while receiving productive feedback. The all-important weekly deadline to present work inspires productivity in everyone.

Songwriter, performer, music director and composer DIANA LAWRENCE makes a habit of the unexpected, working across genres and disciplines to create unique musical points of view. Diana was commissioned to write original music for Steppenwolf Theatre’s 2016 premiere of Tracy Lett’s Mary Page Marlowe, and for 2019/20, commissions come from Chicago Tap Theatre and North Shore Choral Society. Her musical, Mill Girls, was granted a 2018/19 Incubator workshop at the O’Neill Theatre Center. Diana & the Dishes, her original music project, has shared the stage with artists such as Nellie McKay and Becca Stevens, and the band’s recent releases were produced by Rob Kleiner (Sia, Andra Day). As a music director, pianist and improviser, Diana has worked with The Second City, the Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and the Uptown Poetry Slam, one of the premiere spoken-word events in the country.

Discount Codes may not be applied to Writing Music for Musical Theatre. Membership discounts are still applicable.

Classes will be held via Zoom. Instructors will send out Zoom invites one day before class begins. We encourage students to setup a Zoom account for themselves before class if they have not already to ensure when class begins you are able to jump straight into the art!

Sessions/Weekday 7 Tuesdays
Session Dates

Jun 16, 23, 30
Jul 07, 14, 21, 28

Time 6:00pm - 9:00pm Central Time