MTWC Application
for Spring (online) or Fall (in-person) 2022 classes!

PART III: Pease attach THREE contrasting examples of your work 

in email attachments to


If possible, the work should be from musical theater. Include the dramatic context for each moment.



Also provide a brief description of your own creative role in the pieces (i.e. “I wrote the the lyrics and collaborated on the music” or “I wrote the book scene leading into the song and provided the lyrical hook idea,” etc.).


Composers should attach song videos and/or recordings as well as scores.  

Lyricists should attach song videos, recordings, and/or word documents.

Librettists should attach script excerpts (none longer than 10 pages) and may supplement with videos and/or larger show outlines. 

Directors should attach videos of theatrical work you've directed, particularly if it's original. (no longer than 8 min). 


If you are interested in multiple creative roles, you may mix and match (i.e. a lyricist/librettis). Application might submit two lyrics and a scene along with the show’s outline)

Again, email submissions to: with "Application" and your name as the subject (i.e. "Application - Sam Carner").

PART IV: Recommendation(s)

Please have one professional connection or teacher submit a one-page letter of recommendation.

You MAY request a second letter from an additional professional connection or teacher.

Letters should be sent to with the subject "Recommendation" and applicant's name (i.e. "Recommendation - Sam Carner").

Once you have completed the above, please click "Apply," below.

Thank you! We’ll be in touch.

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Top-Level Industry Faculty on the Cutting Edge of the Business

Our teachers have won all the top awards in musical theatre writing and are all working at the highest level of the business, both on and off-Broadway. They care deeply about musical theater and creating what’s next in the field--and they’re doing it right now. But they also care passionately about teaching and their students. MTWC provides faculty with a unique combination of creative genius, analytical skills, and passion for paying it forward.

Unique Affiliation With Performers

Our program allows a weekly opportunity to work with real working professionals to develop your work. Not only do you get the chance to hear and understand your work through the instruments of talented singers, but you’ll also be making connections with Broadway’s next generation and developing your own skills in working with singers.

Affordable Full-Time Program

Other musical theater writing programs charge more than twice what we do for tuition or provide a once-a-week experience. We want to set you up for success now, and in the future; we are dedicated to providing our students a full immersion in the field while not saddling you with years of debt.

Ideal Program Size

Designed for a group of 12-20 students, we can give you all the hands-on personal attention you need while providing you with a large enough community of colleagues that you can find the collaborators you vibe best with. You won’t get lost in the shuffle, and you won’t be trapped on a “desert island.” 

Collaboration Between Directors and Writers

Musical theatre creation is a collaboration that transcends words and music. The director adds an important guidance and vision, yet many directors in the business haven’t learned how to be part of the process. We’re working (a) to train the next generation of musical theater directors about how to collaborate with writers and (b) build connections now between writers and directors who can enrich the work.

Bankable, Practical, and Critical Thinking Skills

Although the program’s primary focus is to training you as a musical theater creator, we’ll also provide you with tools to make a living in the business and navigate life as a creative—and we’ll also foster analytical and critical thinking skills that will enrich all aspects of your life and career.

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Who will my teachers be​​?

Alongside Sam Carner, our esteemed faculty includes composer-lyricist Adam Gwon (Ordinary Days, Scotland PA), composer Zina Goldrich (Ever After, Junie B. Jones, “Taylor the Latte Boy”), Kate Wetherhead (Submissions Only, The Devil Wears Prada), Lonny Price (A Class Act, Best Worst Thing That Could Ever Have Happened, Company, Sweeney Todd), composer Derek Gregor (Unlock’d, Island Song), composer/lyricist/actor/diversity dramaturg Heath Saunders (Newton’s Cradle), musical supervisor Brad Haak (Mary Poppins, Daddy Long Legs), Anna K. Jacobs (Pop, Teeth), director Marlo Hunter (American Reject, Saved By the Bell: the Musical), Kevin Hammons (Up and Away), and other Broadway professionals.

What classes do you offer?

We offer a wider array of musical theatre creation classes. While the list continues to grow, this academic year, the classes have included;

-Core: Musical Theater Creation Workshop (a weekly collaborative lab)

-Musical Theater Book Writing, Structure, and Aesthetics

- Lyric Writing

- Music Composition

- Fundamentals of Music Composition (a primer for words people)

- Story Telling and Song Structure

- Comedy Writing

- Pop/Country Writing

- Opera Musicology

- Music Theory / Musicianship

- Musical Direction

- Working With Performers

- Writing Towards Performance

- Point of View as a Creative Artist

- Logistics and Approaches to Creative Development

- “Freelance Artist’s Manifesto” 

- Music Business / Business of Musical Theatre

Additional attention is paid to more philosophical and political questions of being a creative artist in our current moment as well as other fundamentals of musical theater.


What is the academic calendar like?

This 2-year program is comprised of four 15-week semesters, commensurate with traditional academic calendars (fall semester running from August 29 through December 16, spring semester running from January 19 through May 26). The second-year may extend into late spring, depending on the presentation details of final projects.


What is the class schedule like?

The class schedule is subject to slight changes every week, as the experience will be a combination of full-semester classes and shorter modules and one-off experiences. Generally speaking, classes are held Monday nights, Tuesday nights, Wednesday nights, Thursday nights, and Sunday daytimes.

What sort of portfolio will I come out of the program with?

You can expect to leave the program with a 2nd draft of a full-length musical (created collaboratively in a 2-3-person team), a collaborative 20-30-minute one-act musical, and a number of “trunk songs” from various assignments, some of which could stand alone for cabarets and concerts. You can also expect to have a handful of partially-developed material from exercises that can be developed into more complete material in your own time.

What opportunities does MTWC currently provide to get my work out in the world?

In addition to MTWC’s partnership with the Dramatist Guild and, MTWC puts on cabarets to showcase our students’ work as well as readings of pieces in development. Each MTWC member is also given a Dramatist Guild membership. We are also exploring additional partnerships that can lead to paths for pieces written in the program.

What degree does the program offer?

The program currently offers a certificate of completion.


How much does the program cost?

Annual tuition is $18,000 per year.

Is financial aid/scholarships available?​​

MTWC offers full scholarships to those who display the need in addition to a work-study position through the collective. We also offer a limited number of need-based partial scholarships available on a first-come first-served basis. ​


Where are classes held?

Classes are held at the Dramatist Guild, 1501 Broadway, Mary Rodgers Room, 7th floor, in Times Square


Is housing available?

MTWC does not have a direct correlation with housing agencyhowever, members of the collective are more than willing to offer support and guidance.

What will the workload be?

Some individual classes have moderate reading, listening, and small exercises, amounting to as much as 2-3 hours of work per class per week (often much less). The most significant work are collaborative assignments, which are presented each week. The time commitment for each of these assignments is quite variable, but it would be wise to budget 15-25 hours in time for collaboration, individual work, and rehearsal/preparation.

Can I have a job while in the program?

It would certainly be possible to have a part-time job while in the program, and you will not have class during weekday daytimes, Fridays, or Saturdays. However, given the combination of 20+ hours of weekly class time and 20+ hours of out-of-class work, maintaining a full-time job will be a real challenge.

Is there an application fee?

We charge a $50 application fee to help cover the cost of review by a 3-person panel of industry professionals. N.B. There is no fee to register for our spring 2022 online courses.

When is the application deadline?

We have a rolling admissions policy, but spots will fill up; our suggested application deadline is March 15th, 2022. That said, we will continue to accept applications until our class is filled or July 15, 2022 (for the class entering that August).


Is there any advantage to applying early?

We have a limited number of need-based partial scholarships, available on a first-come first-served basis. Accordingly, we encourage students to get their applications in as soon as possibly and definitely by March 15th, 2022.

Do I need musical theatre experience to apply to the program?

You do not need to have written musicals or to have performed in musicals to complete this program, so long as you have a significant interest in creating the form and understand that musical theatre does involve a number of conventions that you will be expected to master over the course of the 2-year experience.

Am I expected to attend all classes? Can I take this program remotely?

​Given the collaborative nature of much of the work, you will be expected to be in town and available in person for all classes and projects. We certainly understand that emergencies and important opportunities come up and can accommodate a very limited number of absences, but these will need to be approved and negotiated. Frequent absences will result in dismissal from the program.​

I guess my question isn’t “frequently asked,” because I don’t see it here. What do I do now?

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