The course will teach students the fundamentals of creating an original musical stage play through the discipline of collaboration. Class size will be limited to no more than twelve students – four in each of three self-identified categories: composers, lyricists, librettists (book/story writers). They will form four collaborative groups, each of which will create an original 10 minute musical play. Students will then work with a professional director and cast their show with professional actors. The students, director, and actors will then rehearse and refine the work to be brought to the stage. The student pieces will be performed at the end of the course at The Wallis. The student work will also be submitted to “Show Search,” a program of the Foundation for New American Musicals. Students will learn the fundamentals of the art form and study the work of important artists in musical theater. In addition to their regular instructor, students will also interact with a range of musical theater artists performing at The Wallis, including the creative team behind The Wallis production of “Merrily We Roll Along” by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth. Students will also participate in events as part of the ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop with Stephen Schwartz February 1-3 at The Wallis. This course will start on Tuesday evening, October 18th with approximately 17 sessions (mostly on Tuesday nights, with some weekends) plus special events with select companies and artists at The Wallis. It will culminate in March, 2017, with a showcase performance of student work. We are looking for young artists who are highly committed and interested in this particular area of study. A brief application is required, followed by interviews at The Wallis. It is important to discuss with these candidates their openness to collaboration and potential changes in their work, and to witness their communication skills.