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Innovative Musical Theater Workshop Offered at Spalding during Spring 2015 Residency

The Spalding low-residency MFA in Writing Program presents Writing for Musical Theater: Book and Lyrics, another innovative workshop for our creative writing students. The workshop will be offered at the Spring 2015 residency in Louisville, Kentucky. Charlie Schulman, Spalding MFA faculty member in dramatic writing, co-leads this workshop with his creative and producing partner, Michael Roberts.

Writing for Musical Theater: Book and Lyrics is an exploration into the techniques, structure, and styles of writing book/libretto and lyrics for musical theater. During this generative workshop, student writing teams collaborate or work solo on book/libretto and lyrics to write a scene(s) from a musical. Song and scenes from several well-known musicals will be analyzed. Students from all genres are welcome, and no musical skills are required.

Schulman and Roberts have collaborated on two musicals: The Goldstein Variations, scheduled for a commercial Off-Broadway run in Fall 2015, and The Fartiste, which won the award for Best Musical at the 2006 Fringe NYC Festival and ran Off-Broadway in 2011.

Michael Roberts

Michael Roberts is also author, composer and lyricist of the hit Off-Broadway comedy Golf: The Musical and of Greed: A Musical for Our Times. Michael’s music for the screen includes four seasons as composer for the Emmy-Award-Winning sitcom Remember WENN. He is a two-time recipient of the ASCAP Plus Award for his work in musical theater and was nominated for a 2012 Broadway World Award for musical direction.

Spalding MFA Dramatic Writing faculty member Charlie Schulman’s plays include Angel of Death, Character Assassins, and The Great Man, among others. He is the recipient of The Charles McArthur Award for comedy from The National Playwrights Conference and the 2011 Walton Fellowship from Arena Stage. For three seasons, Charlie wrote sketch comedy for the Apollo Comedy Hour and has sold half-hour television pilots to CBS and Twentieth Century Television. Charlie also teaches playwriting and screenwriting at New York University’s Tisch School of The Arts.


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