Crafting The Musical Theatre Song (Summer 2021) (Online)

07/17/2021 - 08/28/2021




  • $299.00  -  General
  • $249.00  -  New Student




Sessions: 7 Saturdays
Session Dates: July 17, 24, 31
Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28
Session Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm Central Time


 Crafting The Musical Theatre Song (Summer 2021) (Online)

July 17 - Aug. 28
10:00am - 1:00pm Central Time

Instructor: J. Sebastian Fabál

Explore the basic song forms that are the building blocks of successful musicals. This six-week workshop is designed to strengthen storytelling and songwriting fundamentals while encouraging writers to develop their original work. Writers share songs from a musical they’re currently writing or create new songs based on the song forms studied each week. This workshop is for all levels of musical theatre writers and is designed to support composers, lyricists, and book writers.

J. Sebastian Fabál is an award-winning composer, lyricist, and bookwriter. A Cuban-American from Miami, Florida, he moved to Chicago after 7 years in New York City where he received his MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Full length shows: Maul Santa (book by Ricky Glore), Yoey & Yeya (2019 Live & In Color Finalist), Alligator Ali (book/lyrics by Chris Widney), Steve-25, The Tenth Floor (book by Sara Cooper, Next Link Selection NYMF 2010, Talkin’ Broadway Outstanding New Musical), Toy Soldiers, Losing Nora; Children’s Theatre: Help Wanted: Pirates!, The Elko Aliens (both with book/lyrics by Chris Widney). Since moving to Chicago, he's worked as a musical dramaturg with The Second City, taught at Chicago Dramatists and Porchlight Music Theatre, and has co-founded the Chicago Musical Theatre Collective.

20% Early Bird Registration Discount Available when students register by June 30, 2021

Classes will be held via Zoom. Instructors will send out Zoom invites one day before class begins. We encourage students to setup a Zoom account for themselves before class if they have not already to ensure when class begins you are able to jump straight into the art!

Sessions/Weekday 7 Saturdays
Session Dates

July 17, 24, 31
Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28

Time 10:00am - 1:00pm Central Time
Notes This class is ideal for those at the beginner and intermediate levels.