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Award-winning and prominent local writers who have studied with John Sparks include:

Tony Award winner Mark Hollmann -- Urinetown

Richard Rodgers Award winners Paul Libman and Dave Hudson -- Dust and Dreams, Main-Travelled Roads

Kleban Award winner Susan DiLallo --Once Upon A Time In New Jersey

Kleban Award winner Ken Stone -- Trask and Fenn, Overland

Jeff Award winner Jan Tranen -- The Minister’s Wife

Judy Freed – So Happy I Could Scream, Emma & Company, Sleepy Hollow, Tantrum on the Tracks

Jack Helbig – The Girl,The Grouch and The Goat, Hotel d’Amour

Gregg Opelka – C’est la Vie, Charlie’s Oasis, The Three Musketeers, Monky Business

Jon Steinhagen – The Teapot Scandals, Emma & Company, The Arresting Dilemma of Mister K

“Unlike most people who offer opinions on theater -- (blogs, chat rooms, your Aunt Alice) -- John Sparks really knows what he’s talking about. He’s my favorite go-to guy when it comes to crafting, creating, casting -- anything that has to do with making musicals. Or making your musical better.”

Susan DiLallo -- Once Upon a Time in New Jersey
Kleban Award winner 

“In every song I have written for the theater, I can point to some-thing John Sparks taught me. His wisdom, passion and generous spirit continue to inform my craft and inspire my art.”

Paul Libman – Dust and Dreams, Main-Travelled Roads
Richard Rodgers Award winner 

“John Sparks knows musicals the way Warren Buffett knows stocks. For a well-diversified portfolio of song and script, backed by a solid reserve of character-based writing and storytelling, let Sparks be your musical theater investment advisor. With Sparks’ guidance you’ll maximize your talent capital in a way that will pay lifelong dividends, both creative and financial.”

Gregg Opelka -- C’est la Vie, Charlie’s Oasis, The Three Musketeers, Monky Business

“John Sparks is one of the reasons I have continued in this business of music theater.   His mentoring, enthusiasm and encouragement have consistently improved my writing and composing. I can’t imagine getting through it without him. He was also responsible for introducing me to my long-time collaborator.”

Jan Powell -- Trask and Fenn, Overland

“In every song I have written for the theater, I can point to some-thing John Sparks taught me. His wisdom, passion and generous spirit continue to inform my craft and inspire my art.”