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This class is designed for the musical theatre actor. It's been hailed as "the greatest and most beneficial class any actor could dream of." This is for those who are truly focused on bettering their craft, while gaining insight directly from the source. Each composer/lyricist works, picks apart, and discusses the song they've written after the actor performs the piece for them. Find out what "Why God Why?" is really about, how Shaiman & Whittman came up with the idea for "You Can't Stop the Beat" or get feedback on your take of "Life of the Party" from Andrew Lippa. This series is a very unique and rare opportunity to work with the leading writers and artists of our time.

Actors work with the TGS staff to pick a song in the composers' cannon which speaks to them and is right for them vocally. This piece will be chosen prior to the first day of class. Class is divided into two parts. A vocal and song approch coaching by a member of the TGS staff and a workshop with the composer on the piece.




All classes are held from 7pm-10pm.

 

CLASS 1:
Getting to Know You / Preparing for the Writer
Students will work with a member of the TGS staff on
the song previously selected from the writer's repetoire.

CLASS 2:
Masterclass with Guest Artist

Each student will work one-on-one with the composer on the student's song of choice.

Class Cap:
13-15 students

Rate:
Varied




Previous Composer/Lyricists include:

Drew GaspariniDREW GASPARINI is an award winning musical theatre composer/lyricist and a performing singer/songwriter. Winner of the 2006 John Lennon Songwriter's award, he has shared the stage with such acts as Jason Mraz, Third Eye Blind, and The Plain White T's. He has written the music and lyrics for his musical "Crazy, Just Like Me" (winner of "Best Of Fest" and runner up for "Best Book" in the New York Musical Theatre Festival 2011), and music & lyrics for "Make Me Bad" (PACE new musicals; book by Alex Brightman), "Turn Of The Screw" (commission by Fordham University, 2012 workshop at Lincoln Center; book by Michael Kimmel), and "#UntitledPopMusical" (book by Michael Kimmel) to name a few.Drew was also contributing composer to the television series "SMASH" (season 2) on NBC. The Music & Lyrics of Drew Gasparini was presented at the Kennedy Center in June of 2012. And Drew's musical theatre album "I Could Use A Drink: The Songs Of Drew Gasparini", featuring the vocals of some of Broadway's biggest names, was released with Broadway Records in 2013 and spent 5 weeks on the top 100 iTunes charts.

Jeanine TesoriJEANINE TESORI is a composer and arranger who has composed five Broadway musicals and has received four Tony nominations. Some of her major works include Fun Home, Caroline or Change, Shrek, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Violet, and Twelfth Night (at Lincoln Center). She has also written film scores and opera. She is the creative director/co-founder of A Broader Way, an arts empowerment program for girls from underserved communities; the artistic director of Encores! Off Center; a lecturer in music at Yale University, and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America

Stephen FlahertySAM CARNER received his BA from Yale University and received his MFA from NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program on a Departmental Fellowship. He won the Children's Theatre of Maine's Young Playwrights Contest in 1992 with his political satire musical, The Rise of FTR. In 1995, his children's musical, What a Cat! was performed on the mainstage at SUNY Plattsburgh and was later performed at the Children's Theatre of Maine, who also commissioned and produced his 2000 children's musical, Barnyard Follies. His one-act play, Brady, was performed at the University of Southern Maine in 1997, and his 1920′s-style college musical, Just Call Me Eli! won the John Golden Prize for Best Original Musical by a Yale Undergraduate in 2000. Sam wrote the book and lyrics for Unlock'd, which was produced Off-Broadway at the Duke Theater in the summer of 2013, having previously won a Richard Rodgers Award, had workshops around the country, and been produced at the 2007 New York Musical Theatre Festival ("Best in the Fest" audience awards and Talkin' Broadway citations for "Best Musical" and "Best Original Theatrical Score"). Sam wrote the words for Island Song, which has been workshopped around the country, was produced at the Bloomington Playwrights Project in February of 2014, and boasts five MAC-nominated songs. Over the past several years, Sam has lectured regularly on various musical-theatre-related topics at Yale. Sam has taught Musical Theatre History and Analysis at NYU and Yale.

Derek Gregor DEREK GREGOR received his BA from Skidmore College and his MFA from the NYU Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Derek composed the music for Unlock'd, which was produced Off-Broadway at the Duke Theater in the summer of 2013, having previously won a Richard Rodgers Award, had workshops around the country, and been produced at the 2007 New York Musical Theatre Festival ("Best in the Fest" audience awards and Talkin' Broadway citations for "Best Musical" and "Best Original Theatrical Score"). Derek wrote the music for Island Song, which has been workshopped around the country, was produced at the Bloomington Playwrights Project in February of 2014, and boasts five MAC-nominated songs, Derek writes country music with Laura Bell Bundy, and one of their songs was recently featured on her CD, Longing for a Place Already Gone. In 2001, he founded the rock band, M-Lab. Their new CD, A Bold and Hopeful Spark, is now available.

Stephen FlahertySTEPHEN FLAHERTY is a composer who writes for theater, film and the concert hall. His primary collaborator for over 25 years is the lyricist-librettist Lynn Ahrens.
For Broadway, Flaherty has written the scores for Ragtime (1997) (1998 Tony®, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards), Once on This Island (1989) (Olivier Award for Best Musical, Tony® nomination), Seussical (2000), Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life (2005) (original songs), Rocky (2014), and Neil Simon's Proposals (incidental music). For Lincoln Center Theater, he has written the scores for The Glorious Ones, Dessa Rose, A Man of No Importance (Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical) and My Favorite Year (Broadway, 1992). Off-Broadway and regional scores include Loving Repeating: A Musical of Gertrude Stein (Chicago's Jefferson Award for Best Musical), and the farce Lucky Stiff (1988). Flaherty's work in film includes the song score for the animated feature Anastasia and the original score for the documentary After the Storm. His concert commissions include American River Suite and With Voices Raised.

Adam GuettelADAM GUETTEL is a composer/lyricist living in New York City. His most recent musical, The Light In The Piazza (cast album on Nonesuch Records), with a book by Craig Lucas, premiered on Broadway at Lincoln Center Theater's Beaumont Theater in April 2005, following a world premiere at the Intiman Theater in Summer 2003, and a second engagement at Chicago's Goodman Theater in early 2004 (where it received three Joseph Jefferson Awards including Best Musical). The Light In The Piazza received 6 Tony Awards including two for Mr. Guettel. Piazza received its UK premiere at the Curve Theater in Leicester in April 2009. Mr. Guettel wrote music and lyrics for Floyd Collins (cast album on Nonesuch Records), which received the 1996 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical and earned Mr. Guettel the Obie Award for Best Music. Floyd Collins has been presented at Playwrights Horizons, New York; Prince Theatre, Philadelphia; Goodman Theatre, Chicago; Old Globe, San Diego; Bridewell, London; and elsewhere. His other works include Love's Fire, a collaboration with John Guare for The Acting Company, and Saturn Returns, a concert at Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival. Saturn Returns was recorded by Nonesuch Records under the title Myths and Hymns. Four of Mr. Guettel's songs were featured on Audra McDonald's Nonesuch Records album, Way Back To Paradise (1998), two more appear on her 2000 album, How Glory Goes (including the title track), and two more are on Build a Bridge (2007) including the title track. Mr. Guettel performed a concert evening of his works at New York's Town Hall in 1999. He can be heard singing four duets with Meryl Streep in the short film The Music of Regret (2008). Film scores include Arguing The World, a feature documentary by Joe Dorman (1999), and the score for JACK, a two-hour documentary for CBS by Peter Davis (1994). Awards for Mr. Guettel include the Stephen Sondheim Award (1990), the ASCAP New Horizons Award (1997), and the American Composers Orchestra Award (2005).

Kait Kerrigan & Brian LowdermilkKAIT KERRIGAN (words) and BRIAN LOWDERMILK (music) made their off-Broadway debut in 2006 with their adaptation of Henry and Mudge, still touring nationally. In 2011, they released their first album, Our First Mistake, which charted at #1 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart. Their second album, Kerrigan-Lowdermilk Live, documents a concert tour that resulted from their breakout $35K kickstarter campaign and released in spring 2013. Other musicals include The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown, Tales from the Bad Years, The Woman Upstairs, Wrong Number, The Freshman Experiment, Republic, Unbound, and Flash of Time. Their songs have been recorded and performed internationally and their musicals have been produced and developed at the Aurora Theatre, the Kimmel Center, Goodspeed's Norma Terris Theatre, Theatreworks Silicon Valley, La Jolla Playhouse, Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival, ASCAP/Disney Workshop, Manhattan Theatre Club, York Theatre, the Lark Playwrights Development Center, CAP21, and Primary Stages. Together, they received the 2006 Larson Award and 2004-2005 Dramatists Guild Fellowship, and they have held residencies at the Orchard Project, Running Deer Lab, the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals, and the MacDowell Arts Colony.

Micahel KoomanMICHAEL KOOMAN along with writing partner Christopher Dimond received the 2013 Fred Ebb Award, a 2010 Jonathan Larson Grant and are the first recipients of the Lorenz Hart Award. Between them, they have received the Burton Lane Award, the Harold Adamson Award, the KC/ACTF Musical Theatre Award, a NYFA Fellowship, and numerous ASCAP Plus awards. Their musicals include THE NOTEWORTHY LIFE OF HOWARD BARNES (developed at the O'Neill Music Theater Conference and the Village Theater), ORPHIE & THE BOOK OF HEROES (The Kennedy Center), JUDGE JACKIE JUSTICE (Pittsburgh CLO), DANI GIRL (Exit, Pursued by a Bear; licensed by Samuel French), GOLDEN GATE (Williamstown Theatre Festival), HOMEMADE FUSION (London's Ambassadors Theater, Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and JUNIOR CLAUS (Orlando Repertory Theatre; licensed by Dramatic Publishing).

Andrew LippaANDREW LIPPA is an award winning composer/lyricist known for his works "Big Fish", "The Addams Family" "The Wild Party", "A Little Princess", and "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown". Mr. Lippa is proud to have been music director for Kristin Chenoweth since 1999 for many of her concerts. He conducted/played her sold-out shows at the Metropolitan Opera House in NYC in 2007, at Carnegie Hall in 2004, and at the Donmar Warehouse in London in 2002. Awards include a Tony and Grammy nomination, sharing in an Emmy for the Nickelodeon TV series The Wonder Pets, the Gilman/Gonzalez-Falla Theater Foundation Award, ASCAP's Richard Rodgers/New Horizons Award, The Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle and second place for the Alice B. Deucey Award for all-around outstanding fifth-grader (lost to Cynthia Fink). Memberships include ASCAP, Actor's Equity and the American Federation of Musicians. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Mr. Lippa serves on the council of The Dramatists Guild.

Marc ShaimanScott WhittmanMARC SHAIMAN & SCOTT WITTMAN won Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards for writing the score for the Broadway musical "Hairspray," whose 2007 film adaptation broke opening weekend box office records and became the sixth-highest-grossing musical film of all time in the United States! Nominated for the Emmy, Grammy, and Golden Globe as in-house songwriters and executive producers of NBC's "SMASH." Other works include the Tony-nominated musical adaptation of "Catch Me If You Can," as well as the Olivier-nominated West End adaptation of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." Marc's film credits also include Broadcast News, Beaches, When Harry Met Sally..., City Slickers, The Addams Family, Sister Act, Sleepless in Seattle, A Few Good Men, The American President, The First Wives Club, George of the Jungle, In & Out, Patch Adams, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut,Team America: World Police, Flipped, and HBO's From the Earth to the Moon, and 61*.

Joe IconisJOE ICONIS is a musical theater writer and a fixture on the New York cabaret scene. He has been nominated for two Drama Desk Awards, a Lucille Lortel Award, and is the recipient of an Ed Kleban Award, a Jonathan Larson Award, an ASCAP Harold Adamson Lyric Award, and a MAC John Wallowitch Songwriting Award. Joe's songs appeared on Season 2 of NBC's "Smash" and his writing has been featured in The New York Times and The Dramatist. He is the author of Broadway Bounty Hunter (Barrington Stage Company), Be More Chill (Two River Theater), The Black Suits (Center Theater Group), the rock and roll Spaghetti Western musical Bloodsong of Love (Ars Nova), ReWrite (Urban Stages), Theaterworks USA's The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks and We The People. Albums: Be More Chill (Original Cast Recording), Things To Ruin (Original Cast Recording) and The Joe Iconis Rock and Roll Jamboree all available on Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records. Upcoming: The Hunter S. Thompson Musical for La Jolla Playhouse, and a comission from Penn State School of Theater.

Richard MaltbyRICHARD MALTBY
Lyricist, director, book & screenplay writer. Tony award winner for the musical reviews "Ain't Misbehavin" and "Fosse". Other works include lyrics to the smash hit musical "Miss Saigon" (3 Tony wins and 7 nominations), "The Pirate Queen", "Baby" (7 Tony nominations), "Song and Dance" (Tony Nomination),"Closer Than Ever", "Big" and more. Acclaimed with writing partner as Maltby & Shire.

 

Ryan Scott OliverRYAN SCOTT OLIVER
One of today's leading contemporary composers. He was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award, and he won the Jonathan Larson Grant. Works include "We Foxes", "The Frog Prince Continued", "Jasper in Deadland", "35mm: A Musical Exhibition", Darling", "Mrs. Sharp", "Out of My Head", and "Quit India".

 

Adam GwonADAM GWON is a rising musical theater writer, named one of "50 to Watch" by The Dramatist magazine and hailed "a promising newcomer to our talent-hungry musical theater" by The New York Times. His musicals include "Ordinary Days," "The Boy Detective Fails" (w/ Joe Meno), "Cloudlands," "Bernice Bobs Her Hair," and "String" (w/ Sarah Hammond), which have been produced at Roundabout Theatre Company, Signature Theatre, South Coast Repertory, and several other theaters around the globe including London's West End.

 

Scott AlanSCOTT ALAN
Since his return to New York City in 2003 many of Broadway's elite have sung Scott's songs, including Liz Callaway, Jonathan Groff, Shoshana Bean, Adriane Lenox, Stephanie J. Block, Cheyenne Jackson, Eden Espinosa, Sutton Foster, Norm Lewis, Kerry Ellis, Randy Graf, Megan Hilty, Hadley Fraser, Julia Murney, Christiane Noll, Darius de Haas, Christopher Sieber, Willemijn Verkaik, Patina Miller, Samantha Barks, Lea Salonga, Jane Monheit, Marc Broussard, Ramin Karimloo, Pentatonix and many more of today's brightest Broadway and West End stars. Scott Alan has released 5 albums and has sold out concerts of his music in NYC, London, Holland, Germany, San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles, and Australia.

Amanda GreenAMANDA GREEN
Amanda wrote the music and lyrics for the new musical Hands On A Hardbody (based on the documentary film by S.R. Bindler) about a contest to win a truck in East Texas. The book is by Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Doug Wright (I Am My Own Wife, Grey Gardens).She wrote the lyrics for High Fidelity (Broadway 2006; composer Tony winner Tom Kitt). Also with Mr. Kitt, Debbie Does Dallas (addt'l lyrics) and special material for Kristin Chenoweth and Christine Ebersole. Amanda also wrote lyrics for Bring It On: The Musical with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tom Kitt and Green and book by Jeff Whitty.Winner of The Jonathan Larson Award, and Abe Ohlman Award from The Songwriter's Hall of Fame for Excellence in Songwriting. L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award Nomination (Best Score), Backstage's Garland Award (Best Score) for Up the Week Without A Paddle (Music Mr. Moore). Winner of two MAC Awards and a Bistro Award for Best Comedy song.

Benj Pasek & Justin PaulBENJ PASEK & JUSTIN PAUL
Amanda wrote the music and lyrics for the new musical Hands On A Hardbody (based on the documentary film by S.R. Bindler) about a contest to win a truck in East Texas. The book is by Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Doug Wright (I Am My Own Wife, Grey Gardens).She wrote the lyrics for High Fidelity (Broadway 2006; composer Tony winner Tom Kitt). Also with Mr. Kitt, Debbie Does Dallas (addt'l lyrics) and special material for Kristin Chenoweth and Christine Ebersole. Amanda also wrote lyrics for Bring It On: The Musical with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tom Kitt and Green and book by Jeff Whitty.Winner of The Jonathan Larson Award, and Abe Ohlman Award from The Songwriter's Hall of Fame for Excellence in Songwriting. L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award Nomination (Best Score), Backstage's Garland Award (Best Score) for Up the Week Without A Paddle (Music Mr. Moore). Winner of two MAC Awards and a Bistro Award for Best Comedy song.

Tom KittTOM KITT
Tom was nominated for the 2014 Tony Award and the Outer Critics Award for his work on the current Broadway musicalIf/Then. Tom received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well as two Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Orchestrations for Next to Normal. In addition, his work on Next to Normal received the Frederick Loewe Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Score. Tom is responsible for the music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations for Green Day's American Idiot on Broadway, and provided additional arrangements for their studio albums, 21st Century Breakdown and¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré! As a composer, credits include the Broadway shows, High Fidelity and Bring It On: The Musical; The Winter's Tale and All's Well That Ends Well (The Public's NYSF). Tom has composed songs for Sesame Street and he co-wrote with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bigger, which opened the 2013 Tony Awards. As an arranger, conductor, and musical director, other credits include Pitch Perfect,Everyday Rapture, 13, Laugh Whore, and Debbie Does Dallas.

Tom KittJOEY CONTRERAS
Joey, , a musical pop songwriter from Northern California and self-proclaimed "pop geek", has quickly captured the attention of music lovers of all ages, with his unique, emotional and infectious tunes. Within months of moving to New York in 2010, Joey received the ASCAP Foundation Max Dreyfus Scholarship recognizing his promising career while attending the Tisch School of the Arts' Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU. The release of his first album Love Me, Love Me Not: The Music of Joey Contreras featured an all-star lineup of Broadway talent and has gone on to enjoy international success throughout the US, Australia, London, South Korea, Germany and Japan. His second and most recent album, Young Kind of Love debuted immediately in the iTunes Pop Charts.

Hailed as one of Playbill's "Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should Know," Joey's musicals include "All The Kids Are Doing It", written with Kate Thomas, which received a workshop production at The Provincetown Playhouse with NYU Steinhardt; and "A Year in Jackson", written with Laura Kleinbaum, recently developed at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His music is also regularly heard in popular New York concert venues such as 54 Below, Rockwood Music Hall, and Joe's Pub at the Public Theatre.



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