Getting Started:

Writing, Collaboration & Development

You’ve got an idea for a musical and are ready to get started. Here are some helpful articles on writing, community and collaboration, tech and software tips, and more!

Member Spotlight: Fred Rohan-Vargas

Member Spotlight: Fred Rohan-Vargas

Academy Member Fred Rohan-Vargas is an experienced playwright and composer and recently was accepted in the 2021 BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.

4 Tips for Writing Better Lyrics

4 Tips for Writing Better Lyrics

Ready to get started writing lyrics for your musical? Here are 4 tips to help you create songs that stand out and stay true to your story.

By the Light of Metaphor: Improving the Odds of Making Good Metaphors

By the Light of Metaphor: Improving the Odds of Making Good Metaphors

In Part I, we discovered how Stephen Schwartz developed metaphorical language based on research, observation, and character inspiration. In Part II, we explore ways to enhance your own image-making abilities in order to amplify the emotional impact of your lyrics or dialogue.

Feedback: What ACTORS Want You to Know

Feedback: What ACTORS Want You to Know

Magic happens when an ACTOR breathes life into a character. Welcoming their input will help you make giant strides in your show’s development. Here are some wise insights from veteran Broadway actors.

10 Tips for Creating Successful Collaborations

10 Tips for Creating Successful Collaborations

Have someone in mind that you’d like a potential collaboration partnership with? Don’t enter that relationship lightly. Steve Cuden, co-creator of the musical Jekyll and Hyde and author of Beating Broadway shares tips on successful collaborations.

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