The BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop is accepting applications for its Librettists Workshop through May 1 for writers interested in developing their skills for musical theatre script writing.
The job of librettist is considered thankless; scripts are routinely cannibalized in service of a score. However, books have also inspired some of the world's most beloved songs, and spoken scenes, characters and structural ideas within proven shows have helped put those works on shelves beside the best of contemporary dramatic literature.
Applicants accepted into the workshop interact in a moderated group where presentations of developing scripts are followed by discussion and critique. Discussion about produced works is also part of the process, and there is an opportunity to work with composers and lyricists in the better-known songwriting section of the workshop.
Accomplished writers form all genres are invited to submit samples of their work, whether published, produced or in progress. Submissions should contain at least 10 pages in script form; musicals, plays or screenplays are acceptable. Submissions must also include a sample of comedy writing. A resume should be attached to the application form, or a brief bio may be part of the one-page cover letter.
The Librettists Workshop -- a tuition-free, nonprofit program of BMI -- meets 6 PM on Mondays. Mail to Jean Banks, BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, 320 W. 57th St., New York, NY. 10019.
For information, call Jean Banks at (212) 830-2508 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- By Kenneth Jones