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A poem from the vault

Saturday morning & he walks down the stairs
Picks up the paper & he silently stares. Read the rest of this entry »

When going to the theatre, most people usually think only of the actors and the action, but there is much more to theatre than just these two aspects. Theatre-work also includes sounds; lights; and properties, otherwise known as props. All these other aspects make the theatre more complicated than it would seem to the unaware eye. Read the rest of this entry »

Do you want to hone your musical theatre writing skills while getting feedback from professionals and your colleagues? Do you want to learn the ins and outs of writing for musical theatre? Then, you owe it to yourself to check out the Academy for New Musical Theatre (ANMT). Read the rest of this entry »

Peter Michael von der Nahmer
At some point, everyone chooses a career but there are a handful of people whose careers choose them. These folks work at something they love in a field as intrinsically tied to them as breathing is to all living creatures. Such is the case with composer Peter Michael (Mike) von der Nahmer. Read the rest of this entry »

After attending numerous workshops and lectures by fellow writers & other creative folks, I’ve decided the number one question asked during the Q&A sessions is “What’s your inspiration?” There’s ALWAYS at least one person in the audience who can’t resist asking this and often more. They just repackage it, sometimes ad nauseam. The question’s so prevalent that it’s become a running joke between my collaborator, composer Peter Michael von der Nahmer, and me. So, I decided to analyze it. Read the rest of this entry »

Just the other day, I was surfing the Net and reading postings from people that want to become writers, especially songwriters. The biggest question most beginners have is “How do I get started?” To this I say, learn your craft. Read the rest of this entry »

On March 22, 2007, “Curtains: The Musical,” starring David Hyde Pierce and Debra Monk, opened on Broadway. It was written by Rupert Holmes (concept by Peter Stone) with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb and additional lyrics by Kander and Holmes. I had the great fortune of seeing this incredible show in Los Angeles during its world-premiere run and even had an opportunity to hear Rupert Holmes talk about it in person during intermission. It’s a must-see show. I highly recommend it. For more information, visit Curtains: The Website.

If you’re interested in becoming a great songwriter, Harriet Schock is your go-to gal. Not only is she an amazing songwriter herself but she’s also an amazing songwriting coach and mentor. Harriet created one of the best step-by-step writing programs you’re likely to find. Using her techniques, you’ll break through the stumbling blocks that hold you back from creating unique and powerful songs that say exactly what you want. She offers her classes either privately or in a group setting. Plus, you can also learn online or by correspondence…whatever suits your needs and location. Visit Harriet’s website and begin your journey. You won’t regret it.

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Best,
Virginia