The W*rk Lab is a seven month workshop supporting the development of three new musicals by women, transgender, and gender non-conforming composers, lyricists, and book writers. Through a highly individualized approach and intentional community-building, the W*rk Lab aims to provide resources and visibility for the next generation of underrepresented musical theatre creators, and position them for future success.
The W*rk Lab was built to uphold all four of our guiding pillars:
Access: Empowering career and financial planning through goal-setting workshops and use of our various opportunity databases.
Visibility: Monthly community discussions to exchange ideas, share work, challenge biases, and build a more inclusive musical theater canon.
Advocacy: Connecting artists with theaters and leaders that are actively pursuing new works programs.
Production: Providing a culminating workshop and closed reading for each project, as well as a final marketing packet for the future of each new musical.
*The culminating workshop will be either virtual or in-person, depending on the state of COVID-19. The producing team is planning accordingly for both possible options.*
Three selected artist teams will receive:
Personalized budget planning ($1,500 project stipend + culminating workshop)
Community discussions & work sessions
One-on-on check-ins with the production team to discuss each project's development
Full access to The Sappho Project's resource databases
Grant and Residency application assistance
W*rk Lab Finalists
Project: You, Me, I, We
Sav Souza &
Project: She’s Taken Her Life
Bela Konstancja Kawalec &
Janey Miles Feingold
Project: Rosie And Theo
Chandra McClelland &
Project: First Year