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CORE CURRICULUM OVERVIEW HAND-OUT


TO ACCOMPANY THE: GETTING TO KNOW US ASSIGNMENT

CORE CURRICULUM WORKSHOP

The Core Curriculum is the heart of the Writers’ Workshop at the Academy for New Musical Theatre (which is the academic branch of New Musicals Inc.), and the entry point for all bookwriters, lyricists, and composers new to ANMT. Meetings take place one weekend per month, generally from September until April. Each month, you will be put on a new team and given a song or scene to write and then present at the next month’s session.

Collaborative Process Overview

During the Core Curriculum season, we will be emphasizing ANMT’s collaborative process. This process is first broken down into four basic parts—blueprinting, drafting, presenting, revising—and then further separated into our 10 Steps of Collaboration.

ANMT’s Recommended 10 Steps of Collaboration:

1) Conception

2) Outlining/re-outlining/greenlight

3) Rough draft

4) Song-spotting

5) Writing music and lyrics/Adjusting book

6) Collaborating on presentation

7) Submitting and presenting first draft for feedback

8) Response to feedback

9) Outlining current draft/outline proposed revisions

10) Revisions

General Session Schedule – one weekend per month

Saturday 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Presentations

Sunday 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Presentations, Assignments, & Collaborator Meetings

Core Curriculum Schedule for the 2021-22 Season
     Sat, Sep 25
     Sun, Sep 26
     Sat, Oct 16
     Sun, Oct 17
     Sat, Nov 13
     Sun, Nov 14
     Sat, Dec 11
     Sun, Dec 12
     Sat, Jan 8
     Sun, Jan 9
     Sat, Feb 5
     Sun, Feb 6
     Sat, Mar 5
     Sun, Mar 6
     Sat, Mar 26
     Sun, Mar 27

(See 15MM section below for other important dates.)

Reading List

The Core assignments are based on plays, screenplays, and teleplays from the current repertoire (copies of which are available on our website). NOTE that this list is subject to change with notice. Scripts that the participants need to read in order to prepare for the assignments include:


     GLITTER AND BEA by Ryan J. Haddad
     IN THE NEXT ROOM (or the vibrator play) by Sarah Ruhl
     THE BIG SICK by Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
     THE FERRYMAN by Jez Butterworth
     THE LAST FIRST by Chad Beckim
     THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED by Douglas Carter Beane
     THE RABBIT HOLE by David Lindsay-Abaire
     WHY WE CAN'T HAVE NICE THINGS by Lloyd Suh

Craft Labs

Each participant in the Core Curriculum is expected to complete one Craft Lab (Book, Lyrics, or Music). These labs focus directly on the discipline most conducive to your particular talents and contain a challenging workload, independent of the Core Curriculum. You are welcome to take more than one Craft Lab if your schedule permits, although we do not recommend taking three in one season since the workload gets pretty heavy.

The Labs are all delivered completely ON LINE with individualized feedback from the evaluators.

Fees

Core Curriculum (including ONE Lab and a 15 Minute Musical): $1700.00

Craft Labs: One Lab is included in Core fee; additional Labs are $495.00 (each)

(Fees are billed in four equal installments billed immediately after the October assignments and then on November 15, January 15, and March 15)

15-Minute Musicals

The Core Curriculum culminates in the intense 15-Minute Musical Experience.

On the 15-Minute Musical Launch Day, you will be put on a team and given a predetermined theme and some common parameters. Just two days later, your team will submit an outline. A week and a half later you will have written your very rough first draft! (Note that your participation will be determined by which Lab(s) you have completed. Lyric Lab participants will be assigned as lyricist, Book Lab as bookwriters, and Music Lab as composers; writers who have completed more than one Lab will be eligible - but not guaranteed - to perform multiple roles depending on the make-up of the group. There will be NO single-writer teams; all teams will have at least two writers, and most will have three.)

Actors will very lightly rehearse this draft and present it for you at the First Assessment where you will receive detailed dramaturgical feedback from the ANMT staff. About two weeks later, you will submit a second draft and go through the same experience at your Second Assessment.

One more re-write and—about two weeks later—your Final Draft will go into rehearsals for a public performance in a Los Angeles theatre - assuming that there are no shelter-in-place orders in effect. (If Los Angeles is under shelter-in-place orders, we will shift the 15 Minute Musicals to a filmed event for the internet.)

15 MINUTE MUSICALS SCHEDULE OVERVIEW (subject to change)


Sat, Apr 3     12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
15 Minute Musicals Launch
All writers are REQUIRED to be in attendance (in person or by live streaming) on this day. Also - clear your schedule late into the evening because you will want to get together with your team and get your outline launched BEFORE you go to bed this night.

From Mon, Apr 5 until the ROUGH DRAFT REVIEW will be your first HEAVY WRITING PERIOD.
You will be outlining, rough drafting, song spotting, song writing, and revising your first draft.
BLOCK OUT THIS 3-WEEK PERIOD FOR HEAVY-DUTY COLLABORATING!!!

Fri, Apr 30     6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
RED PROGRAM - Rough Draft Due and reviewed.
ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED FOR ALL RED PROGRAM WRITERS.

Sat, May 1     6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
BLUE PROGRAM - Rough Draft Due and reviewed.
ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED FOR ALL BLUE PROGRAM WRITERS.

Mon, May 3     6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
RED PROGRAM: First Draft Due.
This is a drop-off deadline only. Someone needs to deliver the copies of your team's draft by the deadline.


Tue, May 4     6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
BLUE PROGRAM: First Draft Due.
This is a drop-off deadline only. Someone needs to deliver the copies of your team's draft by the deadline.


Tue, May 4 through Fri, May 7 - Relax! Take the week off while the actors rehearse your First Draft!


Sat, May 8     2:00 pm - 11:00 pm
RED PROGRAM FIRST ASSESSMENT: Presentations and Assessments of the First Drafts.
ATTENDANCE REQUIRED FOR ALL RED PROGRAM WRITERS


Sun, May 9     2:00 pm - 11:00 pm
BLUE PROGRAM FIRST ASSESSMENT: Presentations and Assessments of the First Drafts.
ATTENDANCE REQUIRED FOR ALL BLUE PROGRAM WRITERS


From Sun, May 9 through the SECOND DRAFT SUBMISSION will be your second HEAVY WRITING PERIOD. You will be revising your draft based on the feedback from the assessment.
BLOCK OUT THIS 2-WEEK PERIOD FOR HEAVY-DUTY COLLABORATING!!!


Wed, May 26     6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
RED PROGRAM: Second Draft Due.
This is a drop-off deadline only. Someone needs to deliver the copies of your team's draft by the deadline.


Thu, May 27     6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
BLUE PROGRAM: Second Draft Due.
This is a drop-off deadline only. Someone needs to deliver the copies of your team's draft by the deadline.


Thu, May 27 through
Mon, May 31 through
Tue, Jun 1 through
Wed, Jun 2 through Thu, Jun 3 - Relax! Take a break while the actors rehearse your Second Drafts! (You are ENCOURAGED to attend rehearsals, but you are not required to do so.)

Sat, Jun 5     2:00 pm - 11:00 pm
RED PROGRAM SECOND ASSESSMENT: Presentations and Assessments of the Second Drafts.
ATTENDANCE REQUIRED FOR ALL RED PROGRAM WRITERS


Sun, Jun 6     2:00 pm - 11:00 pm
BLUE PROGRAM SECOND ASSESSMENT: Presentations and Assessments of the Second Drafts.
ATTENDANCE REQUIRED FOR ALL BLUE PROGRAM WRITERS


From Sun, Jun 6 through the ROUGH FINAL DRAFT REVIEW will be your last HEAVY WRITING PERIOD. You will be revising your draft based on the feedback from the assessment.
BLOCK OUT THIS VERY SHORT ONE WEEK PERIOD FOR HEAVY-DUTY COLLABORATING!!!


Wed, Jun 16     6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
RED PROGRAM: Rough Final Draft Due and reviewed.
ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED FOR ALL RED PROGRAM WRITERS.


Thu, Jun 17     6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
BLUE PROGRAM: Rough Final Draft Due and reviewed.
ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED FOR ALL BLUE PROGRAM WRITERS.


Sat, Jun 19     6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
RED PROGRAM: Final Performance Draft Due.
This is a drop-off deadline only. Someone needs to deliver the copies of your team's draft by the deadline.


Sun, Jun 20     6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
BLUE PROGRAM: Final Performance Draft Due.
This is a drop-off deadline only. Someone needs to deliver the copies of your team's draft by the deadline.


Sun, Jun 20     6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
RED PROGRAM: Director Meetings.
At least one member of your team needs to be available to meet (or Zoom) with your Director to discuss the final draft.


Mon, Jun 21     6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
BLUE PROGRAM: Director Meetings.
At least one member of your team needs to be available to meet (or Zoom) with your Director to discuss the final draft.


Mon, Jun 21 through Sat, Jul 10 - Relax! Take three weeks off while your scripts are in final rehearsals. (You are ENCOURAGED to attend rehearsals, but you are not required to do so.) Sat, Jul 10
- Relax! Take three weeks off while your scripts are in final rehearsals. (You are ENCOURAGED to attend rehearsals, but you are not required to do so.)

Mon, Jul 12
Preview at NMI. (Exact time TBA.)

Tue, Jul 13
FIRST PERFORMANCE of all 15 MINUTE MUSICALS. (Exact time and location TBA.)

Wed, Jul 14
SECOND PERFORMANCE of all 15 MINUTE MUSICALS. (Exact time and location TBA.)



Note: Any date shown as REQUIRED ATTENDANCE means in-person for local participants; by LIVE stream-cast for distance participants. Also, each participant would only be assigned to the Red OR the Blue Program, not both.