Introducing the Women’s Musical Theatre Initiative

We’re very excited to launch our latest initiative!

London Playwrights’ Workshop is partnering with musical theatre writing team Barlow & Smith to create the Women’s Musical Theatre Initiative (WMTI), a new development programme for female musical theatre writers.

We’ll be launching this with a cabaret fundraiser on Monday 12 February, featuring some talented artists and West End talent. We’d love to have you join us! Click here to learn more and book tickets.

The inspiration

In 2017, The Stage reported that male writers outnumber female writers 9:1 in musical theatre, with women underrepresented as lyricists, bookwriters, and particularly as composers.

The Women’s Musical Theatre Initiative (WMTI) aims to redress that imbalance.

The programme

The WMTI programme will have three strands:

  1. Showcases for talented women artists – gaining exposure for female writers and helping those in the industry find and connect with new talent
  2. Masterclasses for intermediate/advanced artists – helping them develop their skills and build their networks
  3. An introductory writers workshop – encouraging more women to get into writing musical theatre, and give them the support and challenge to develop their skills

The writing showcases will launch in 2018, with the masterclass and workshop programmes starting in 2019.

Want to get involved?

If you’re interested in writing for musical theatre, please do come up and introduce yourself to say hi at the show!

You can also register below to stay up to date on upcoming events or workshop opportunities.

Image: Eulanda Shead Photography

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