W*rk Lab


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:

$500 Prize
6 Masterclasses
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 Recipients

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Sarah Flaim
Project: At The Barre

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Project: At The Barre

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Sukari Jones
Project: Power


Cayenne Douglass
Project: Brewsters

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Britt Bonney
Project: Montgomery


W*rk Lab Finalists

November Christine

Project: Legacy

Jessica Wu

Project: You, Me, I, We

Sav Souza &
Sarah Flaim

Project: Retrograde

Sharon Kenny

Project: She’s Taken Her Life

Bela Konstancja Kawalec & 
Janey Miles Feingold

Project: Rosie And Theo

Chandra McClelland &
May-Elise Martinsen

Project: First Year



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The Sappho Project Announces Four Musicals Chosen for The W*rk Lab

The Sappho Project Launches The W*rk Lab for Women and TGNC Musical Theatre Creators


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