Since 1999 Stratford East has run a series of annual full-time Musical Theatre Workshops to experiment in using all manner of contemporary popular music in theatre. It brings together music artists who are all known artists in their own fields, but who may not have written for theatre before.
Past participants have also gone on to write, compose and direct on shows such as Da Boyz, The Big Life which transferred to the West End and The Harder They Come. The Musical Theatre Workshop course was also the subject of a recent Channel Four documentary ‘Rappin at the Royal’.
Fred Carl and Robert Lee lecturers and professional musical writers will lead this year’s course; both are from the Tisch School of the Arts in New York and have led the workshop since its inception. Through guidance and collaboration, participants will explore how to create modern musical.
The Musical Theatre Workshop is a full time commitment from 9th – 27th July 2007.
Places are limited, so potential participants should apply ASAP.
Past Participants Include: Michael Abbesnsetts, Kwame Kwei-Amah, Francesca Beard, Niraj Chag, Trish Cooke, Simon Deacon, Dolly Dhingra, Zena Edwards, DJ Excalibah, Debbie Tucker Green, Paul Joseph, Hope Massiah, Courttia Newland, Rodney P, Pesci and Benjamin Zephaniah.