One-day Master Classes
A variety of musical theater topics throughout the year.
Short-term classes on lyric,
book writing and music with noted local professionals.
Long-term workshop to formulate collaborative techniques and partners.
Annual summer presentation by workshop and ensemble members.
Monthly meeting of members to review new musicals in progress.
Words and Music
Concert readings of new musicals throughout the year.
To discuss your experience level and receive more details about the program, call John Sparks at (323) 371-8205 or email
Stop writing in your attic and join a community of musical theater writers.
If you are a composer, lyricist or playwright, Midwest New Musicals is for you.
You’ll join the ranks of local and national writers such as Mark Hollmann (Urinetown), Jan Tranen (The Minister’s Wife), Gregg Opelka (Monky Business), Dave Hudson (Dust and Dreams), Jon Steinhagen (The Arresting Dilemma of Mister K), Susan DiLallo (Once Upon a Time in New Jersey), Elizabeth Doyle (Sleepy Hollow) and many others.
Midwest New Musicals workshop sessions and writer ensembles meet monthly at the Light Opera Works rehearsal center, 516 4th Street, Wilmette, Illinois.
Midwest New Musicals is conducted by John Sparks, founding artistic director of the Academy for New Musical Theatre in Los Angeles, where he has taught since 1981. In 1987, he founded the musical theater writers workshop at Theatre Building Chicago, where he also served as artistic director from 1999 to 2009.
To receive more details about the program, call John Sparks at (323) 371-8205 or send him an email: