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Musicals in Process

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“True community is possible, and it’s precious.”

(Jeremy McCarter from In the Heights: Finding Home)

The support you need. The community you crave.


There’s no more collaborative art form than creating musicals. Often what we need most is the solid sounding board and inspiration that comes from sharing our work with fellow writers. Whether you’re looking for the accountability of weekly deadlines to finish drafting a new project or revising your musical-in-progress, this workshop is appropriate for you. The intimate class size and group guidelines ensure respect, confidentiality, and safety, as well as the opportunity for everyone to present work each week. 

Class Dates: 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 6/4, 6/11

10AM-12:30PM held via Zoom

$250/team - only 8 teams will be invited to the cohort

There are no pre-requisite courses. Permission of the instructor is required. Please email (or click the button below) with a 100-150 word synopsis of your musical and your goals for the course if we’re able to include you in this cohort.

About the Instructor, Cheri Coons

CHERI COONS serves on the National Council of the Dramatists Guild, and has co-written more than a dozen musicals. Her work as bookwriter/lyricist has been recognized with the Joseph Jefferson Award, the ASCAP Foundation Harold Arlen Musical Theatre Award, the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards for Original Script and Score, the Theatre for the American Musical Award, and the Carbonell Award for Best New Work. Her work has been published by Music Theatre International and has been seen on the stages of Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Northlight Theatre, the Marriott Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, Florida Stage, and Marin Theatre Company, as well as other theatres across the US, and internationally. She has been a featured instructor for musical theatre for the Kennedy Center’s National Playwrights Conference, and teaches courses in musical theatre writing for the Dramatists Guild Institute. She has been a guest instructor in musical theatre writing at Northwestern University and Columbia College Chicago. Her songs have been featured on Good Morning, America, The Today Show, and NPR’s Morning Edition.  Cheryl has appeared at Carnegie Hall, performing her original material in an evening hosted by Michael Feinstein. 

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