THE ANMT WRITERS' WORKSHOPS:
CORE CURRICULUM, FULL LENGTH CURRICULUM, GENERAL
If you live in Los Angeles, or can get to LA one weekend a month, and you want to join the ANMT community of
bookwriters, lyricists, and composers, then the
is the place you'll need to start. The first part of ANMT's
famed Writers' Workshop, the Core Curriculum is where experienced writers and novice writers
concentrating on the unique vocabulary and collaborative
process of creating new musical theatre.
Don't live in Los Angeles? Talk to us about
participating in the Core Curriculum via our live streamcasting.
THE CORE CURRICULUM - A GREAT WAY TO START- OR TO GET
Beginning every September, the Core Curriculum meets one
weekend a month (2:30-6:30 Saturday, 2:30-7:30 on Sunday), and is
the foundation for all of the writing courses at ANMT.
Along with discussions about the craft of writing for
musical theatre, composers, lyricists and bookwriters
are put together to form collaborative teams for a
variety of musical assignments. The following month,
the work is presented and given highly constructive
feedback from staff and peers. Then, participants are
paired with a different set of collaborators and a new
assignment is tackled.
Concurrently, each participant
completes a craft-specific lab focusing on his or her
main area(s) of concentration, i.e.; composing for the
musical theatre, lyric writing, or book writing. Before
the end of the season, each participant will collaborate
on an original 15-minute musical, which is cast with
professional actors, directed, rehearsed, and then
presented for a live audience. Following this rigorous
experience, participants and staff meet to discuss the
Watch an overview video of
the Core Curriculum
from Core grads
Hear what Tony-award winner
Jeff Marx (Avenue Q) thinks of ANMT
More details about the Core Curriculum:
Saturdays: 2:30 to 6:30pm
Sundays: 2:30 to 7:30pm
Location: 5628 Vineland Ave. in North Hollywood
September 21, 22
October 12, 13
November 9, 10
December 14, 15
January 11, 12
February 8, 9
March 8, 9
April 5, 6
15-Minute Musicals section of the program (writing, revisions, rehearsals, and performances) take place
from April 8 through (approximately) June 27th.
Fees for Core Curriculum and Labs
fee for the Core Curriculum (including the 15 Minute Musical) is $895.
Each participant is also
required to take at least one of the
Craft Labs (Book Lab, Lyric Lab, or Music Lab) which are $495 each. Fees are
billed in quarterly installments (Sept. 15 / Nov. 15 / Jan.15 / Mar.15).
How to Apply
Attend the September and October sessions; get put on a team and write your
first assignments. Determinations for membership will be made after the
Apply in advance using the procedure below, or bring your application to the
Use the SUBMIT APPLICATION
ELECTRONICALLY link (at the top of this page) to download an application and submit it to us with your resume and a sample
of your work by regular mail.
DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FOR SUBMISSION BY REGULAR MAIL link (at the top of this
page) to submit your application completely electronically:
Lyricists: include three sets of lyrics.
Composers: include a CD or cassette of three musical selections and the
piano/vocal score for the same selections. If no lyrics exist, piano score is
sufficient, but no lead sheets please.
Bookwriters: include three writing samples of any kind of writing (each sample
should not exceed ten pages).
If you are applying in more than one category, please send the samples
applicable to each category.
If you are submitting by
regular mail, send your resume, application, writing samples, and a $60 application fee to:
5628 Vineland Avenue
North Hollywood, CA 91601
The application fee will be applied to your first year's dues if you are
accepted into the workshop. If you are not accepted, the fee will be refunded.
Applications received by July 1 will receive priority consideration.
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About the Labs
Craft Labs are specialized sections of the workshop, designed to focus on
particulars of each discipline. There's one for lyricists, one for bookwriters,
and one for composers. Labs are structured with small, bite-sized exercises that
illustrate and emphasize a particular aspect of craft. Some exercises will take
place entirely within the context of the lab itself; other exercises are meant
to be worked out on your own time.
Core Curriculum participant needs to complete a lab in at least one particular
area: music, book or lyrics. You're welcome to take one, two or three labs, but
the workload gets fairly substantial, and most people prefer to take only one in
each particular year. THE LABS ARE TAKEN COMPLETELY ONLINE.
the Labs are offered completely online, it is possible to take the Labs at any
time on your own schedule. In fact, we encourage you to take them PRIOR to
your Core year to help with the overall workload. The Labs are offered through our sister-site,
WRITINGMUSICALTHEATRE.COM. Check out the site for more
on each of the Labs. (Note: if you are planning to take the Core Curriculum, the Labs
are DISCOUNTED to $495 each. Email
for info on how to claim your Core discount price.)
About the Instructors
ANMT's Core Curriculum is run by internationally-acclaimed John Sparks, who has conducted workshops in Los Angeles and Chicago for thirty-five years, with support from Elise Dewsberry, who for ten years ran Toronto's renowned Script Lab. Lab instructors include Chicago-based Philip Seward and Larry Todd Johnson.
For more info on all instructors, please visit
More about the 15 Minute Musicals
final collaboration is a 15 Minute Musical, which ANMT casts, directs, rehearses
and produces for you. It's a very intense and memorable experience where you and
your team will write an original show for five specific actors. Over the
course of eight very active weeks, you'll write an outline and three drafts,
receiving readings and feedback at every step of the way, before your final
script/score is launched into production. The annual 15 Minute Musicals are a
much anticipated sold-out event, attended by ANMT bookwriters, lyricists, and
composers anxious to check out the new talent joining the community. To
purchase published versions of past 15 Minute Musicals, please visit
OUR ONLINE STORE.
What kinds of songs do we write?
During the Core Curriculum, participants will experiment with such song styles
Ballad, the Comedy Song, the Duet, the Musical Scene, the Ensemble, the Classic Charm Song.
the Contemporary Complaint Song.
What plays are we musicalizing?
Core Curriculum's collaborative assignments are based on Pulitzer and Tony award
winning plays written since 2000, including:
November by David Mamet
Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire
Proof by David Auburn
Doubt: A Parable by John Patrick Shanley
The Goat by Edward Albee
The Little Dog Laughed by Douglas Carter Beane
Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz
Already have some experience or
training in writing for the musical theatre?
For those who have completed the New York BMI workshop or the graduate Musical Theatre
Program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, we are happy to waive
the Core Curriculum requirement. Call us at
818-506-8500 or email us at
We're here to help you.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE CORE CURRICULUM?
The Core Curriculum is but a small piece of the Academy experience. If you
are invited back after the Core Curriculum year, you will then join the Full
Length Curriculum and write a full length musical which will receive a concert
reading and feedback session at the end of the season. After that, you may
be invited to join our growing and talented membership in the General Workshop,
where you will be able to get guidance and feedback on whatever project you are
working on, as well as have the opportunity to be considered for our
producer-driven projects with producers all over the world.