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summer boot camp

The Musical Theatre Boot Camp is a summer series of workshops, lectures, and practicums designed to give participants a chance to work quickly over a concentrated six week period.  It’s also a great place to check us out before committing to our full curriculum in the fall.

The 2018 Boot Camp will take place between July 7 and August 12 2018.  Over the next few months,  more courses will be added - so check back often!


Instructor: Elise Dewsberry

Six Wednesday evenings from 7pm to 10pm

July 11, 18, 25, and August 1, 8, and 15

Course Fee: $395 (discounted from the regular online fee of $595)

The Outlining Lab is available in-person OR online (or a combination of the two!) Video lectures, exercises, handouts, and tests are all available online. Attend the live sessions for feedback on your homework assignments - or submit your work online if you can’t make the sessions.

An outline can be an invaluable writer’s tool for clarifying the structure and story arc of a musical idea. It can then serve as a blueprint for the rough draft that the collaborators will use to develop the new musical. Writers who skip this important step in the development process are likely to find themselves bogged down with a partially written new show that is riddled with logical inconsistencies, and does not compellingly deliver the intentions of the creative team.

In the Outlining Lab, you will be lead step-by-step through the process of developing a musical idea from concept through to a working outline, with detailed constructive feedback along the way. By the end of this ten-unit course, you should have a well-developed and detailed outline that will solidly prepare you for the collaborative task of writing your new musical.

Along with the basic six steps to an outline, other topics dealt with will include:
Types of Conflict
20 Questions for your Outline
Language of an Outline
Dealing with Feedback
Pitch and Synopsis
One-Liner and Logline

Don’t start writing until your outline is rock solid!


Instructor: Elise Dewsberry

Six Monday evenings from 7pm to 10pm

July 9, 16, 23, 30, and August 6, and 13

Course Fee: $395 (discounted from the regular online fee of $595)

The Book Lab is designed as an introduction to writing the book of a musical while also outlining the collaborative steps involved in creating a new musical with the whole team. The book of a musical is not just the spoken words, but encompasses the entire story of the musical. The Bookwriter is officially responsible for the writing of the book, but the entire writing team needs to collaborate on the story.  The collaborative process is explored through six units including:


Along the way, other topics are incorporated including:

Unwavering want
Character Diction
Action Loops
Incorporating Songs
Song Spotting
Dealing with Feedback
Story Structure
Language of an Outline
Collaboration Agreements
Character Worksheets
Project Pitches
Public Domain Ideas
and much more.

This course qualifies as the Book Lab element of the Academy for New Musical Theatre’s Core Curriculum.