want to write a musical?

The Academy for New Musical Theatre has a myriad of opportunities for writers and composers interested in musical theatre.

Check out the list of opportunities below, and click any heading for more specific info.


Writers' Workshops

ANMT's Writers' Workshops, originally founded by the great Broadway director Lehman Engel, have been around for over four decades.

ANMT now boasts a thriving community of bookwriters, lyricists, and composers all committed to creating, developing, and nurturing new musicals.

If you are a bookwriter, lyricist, or composer looking to find a community and a process to embrace, you will start with the Core Curriculum. The Core is a very intense nine-month writing curriculum in which you have new collaborators every month, learning from what's new in the contemporary musical theatre scene as well what's worked on stage for the past eighty years. You'll write ballads, comedy songs, musical scenes, duets, ensembles, as well as five-minute musicals and a final 15-minute musical (which we'll stage in a professional theatre in Los Angeles). In your second-year, if you're invited back, you'll write a whole full-length musical, from outline to full-draft. After the second year: there're plenty of collaborative opportunities, monthly meetings, craft labs, and a whole community of composers, lyricists and bookwriters writing all kinds of shows, from children's shows to operas to experimental shows and internet musicals.

If you're interested in finding out more about how to become a part of the community, click the link for Writers' Workshops above.

Online Courses

Don't live in Los Angeles? You can still be part of our Writers' Workshop with our online courses in lyric writing, book writing, outlining and many more.

All online courses are hosted by our sister-site - WritingMusicalTheatre.com.

To find out more about what courses are offering, and to register - click the link for Online Courses above.

Summer Musical Theatre Bootcamp

ANMT's annual Summer Boot Camp is always packed with exciting musical-theatre centric courses and seminars for writers, actors, and producers. Courses generally take place over a six week period in July and August, and range anywhere from one afternoon to intense weekend seminars to weekly meetings over the whole six weeks.

Stay tuned for info on the 9th annual Musical Theatre Summer Boot Camp which will take place during the summer of 2013.


Submit a Musical - to the SEARCH FOR NEW MUSICALS

Do you have a musical you'd like us to take a look at? Because we are about development, we will not be able to just read your script and then pass it on to a producer. But we WILL read it (and listen to your demo) and then give you some honest, constructive feedback to help you make your musical even better. If that's what you're looking for, then click here to decide what level of evaluation you'd like (from 1-2 hour audio evaluation to 2-3 hour detailed video feedback to 6-8 hour staff table reading and feedback).
ADDED BONUS: Every script submitted to us prior to the annual July 15th deadline (at any level) will automatically be entered into our SEARCH FOR NEW MUSICALS and be eligible to win the first prize of a workshop session with our Academy Repertory Company followed by a public reading as part of our Concert Reading Series.

Biz of the Musical Theatre Biz Conference

ANMT presents the Fourth Bi-Annual BIZ OF THE MUSICAL THEATRE BIZ CONFERENCE over the weekend of July 20-22, 2012 at the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood. Broadway writers and producers, Los Angeles artistic directors, independent producers, entertainment attorneys, and more are being assembled for the panels in this jam-packed weekend devoted to musical theatre writers and producers...and how to get their work produced. Registration will open in mid-May. To stay in touch and up-to-date - click the link to the BIZ above.


ANMT's resources for writers include the Talent Bank (full of performers eager to perform in your new musical); the Online Store (where you can purchase ANMT's infamous Format Guidelines for professional preparation of your script and score); useful links to musical theatre sites; and much more.

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