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want us to produce your musical?

join us for a FREE workshop demo at Fringe
Videos from two of our Fringe musicals:  Manson’s Girls (2018), and The Wedding Night (2017):

TWO ways to sign up for this free workshop.

  1.  Fill out the Reservation form below (it goes directly to NMI staff)
  2. Visit the Hollywood Fringe website and search for “Write Your Own Fringe Musical with NMI”

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NMI produced 19 musicals at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in 2017 and 2018.  Can yours be next?

Come to a free workshop on writing and marketing musicals and the famed Musical Theatre Writers’ Workshop sponsored by New Musicals Inc.

Saturday June 23, 11:00am at the Broadwater Second Stage (6322 Santa Monica). Free admission.

New Musicals Inc. develops musicals for writers & producers all around the country. We host conferences, workshops, festivals, dramaturgy, table readings, staged readings, and productions. We accept a new group of writers every fall for an intense, professional, collaborative program from September through June that culminates in the production of your new short musical.

At the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival, we’re producing 7 musicals created by writers in our Core Curriculum.  Now, there are no guarantees we’ll do the same next year, but so far we’re liking the way it’s working out and intend to do that again in 2019.

Come join us for our free workshop to see how YOU can audition for our Core Curriculum.

About the Instructors

The Core Curriculum is run by internationally-acclaimed John Sparks, who has conducted workshops in Los Angeles and Chicago for thirty-five years, with support from Elise Dewsberry, who for ten years ran Toronto’s renowned Script Lab. Lab instructors include Chicago-based Philip Seward and Larry Todd Johnson. For more info on all instructors, please visit OUR STAFF.

What kinds of songs do we write?

During the Core Curriculum, participants will experiment with such song styles as: the Ballad, the Comedy Song, the Duet, the Musical Scene, the Ensemble, the Classic Charm Song, and the Contemporary Complaint Song.

What plays do you get to musicalize?

The Core Curriculum’s collaborative assignments are based on Pulitzer- and Obie award winning plays written since 2000, as well as movie and television scripts including:

Bridesmaids screenplay by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
In the Other Room (or the Vibrator Play) by Sarah Ruhl
The Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire
Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo
Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley
Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz
The Little Dog Laughed by Douglas Carter Beane

Already have some experience or training in writing for the musical theatre?

For those who have completed the New York BMI workshop or the graduate Musical Theatre Program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, you are encouraged to join our Core Curriculum for the additional education, or you might prefer working directly on your newest musical through our personalized program called the Sandbox.

Call us at 818-506-8500 or email us at   We’re here to help you.

Calendar 2018-2019

Saturdays:  2:30 to 6:30pm
Sundays:    2:30 to 7:30pm
Location:   5628 Vineland Ave. in North Hollywood

Core Curriculum Schedule for Current Season
     Sat, Sep 21
     Sun, Sep 22
     Sat, Oct 19
     Sun, Oct 20
     Sat, Nov 16
     Sun, Nov 17
     Sat, Dec 14
     Sun, Dec 15
     Sat, Jan 11
     Sun, Jan 12
     Sat, Feb 8
     Sun, Feb 9
     Sat, Mar 7
     Sun, Mar 8
     Sat, Mar 28
     Sun, Mar 29
ALSO:  The 15-Minute Musicals section of the program (writing, revisions, rehearsals, and performances) take place from March 24 through (approximately) June 23rd.


The Core Curriculum is but a small piece of the Academy experience.

If you are invited back after the Core Curriculum year, you will then have an opportunity to join the Full Length Curriculum to write a complete show in one year.  After that, you might be invited to join the General Workshop where you will join our growing and talented membership.  As a General member, you’ll be able to present material for feedback on any show you are writing.  Your work will also be considered for readings and workshop productions by the 4x10 Company, and for production by New Musicals Inc., our producing branch.

highlights of past 15 minute musicals...

To check out more info (such as writers names, cast lists, etc.), check out our 15 Minute Musicals page.