Musical Cafe is pleased to announce that award-winning dramaturg and director Allison Bergman is presenting a free workshop for Musical Theatre writers.

Workshop Description:

Musicals are populated by passion-driven characters, but what motivates them to believably sing or dance about it? We’ll look at the scene/song/dance patterns of some familiar musicals, including some rule-makers, and some rule-breakers. We’ll discuss techniques for stitching together scenes, songs and dances. And, we’ll address how to decide if the medium meets the moment.


REGISTRATION INFO: Suggested donation of $10-$20. Link to registration:

Registrants will be sent an email with a Zoom link.  



Allison Bergman has directed over 40 stage productions on both coasts, including large musical and world premieres. Her discerning dramaturgical ability has earned her commissions from prominent writers and producers to develop scripts and adapt popular movies for Broadway, regional and international productions. During her tenure as Artistic Director of LA-based Broadway on Sunset, she co-founded the West Coast Musical Theatre Conference, and shepherded numerous innovative stage musicals toward production. Young artists, teachers and acting coaches find her acclaimed book, “Acting the Song”, widely used in musical theatre training programs, an invaluable resource.


She has an MFA from Carnegie Mellon’s Directing Program, where she was distinguished as a Stephen Bochco Directing Scholar. Ms. Bergman’s contributions to the theatre community have been recognized by Women In Theatre with the Outstanding Woman in Theatre in Los Angeles Award, and her directorial accomplishments acknowledged with a Drama-Logue Critics Award.


THE CRAFT OF MUSIC & LYRICS IN STORYTELLING – Sunday, March 7, 4PM – 5:30PM Pacific Time. Presented by award winning award-winning Bay Area playwright and composer Min Kahng.

Workshop Description:  

We know music and lyrics make up a song, but how do these two fundamental aspects come together specifically for great storytelling in musical theatre? In this workshop, we'll examine elements both musical (style, rhythm, motifs, etc) and lyrical (rhymes, poetic language, character voice, etc) from existing works to learn how to create impactful songs for our own shows. Knowledge of music theory may be helpful when looking at examples, but is not required to participate.


REGISTRATION INFO: Suggested donation of $10-$20.

Registrants will be sent an email with a Zoom link. 



Min Kahng is an award-winning Bay Area playwright and composer whose works include “The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga” (Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award, Theatre Bay Area Award, Edgerton New Play Award, NAMT Production Grant), “GOLD: The Midas Musical” (Theatre Bay Area Award), “Inside Out & Back Again, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon: A Musical Adaptation”, “Bad Kitty On Stage!”, “The Song of the Nightingale” and “Tales of Olympus.” Kahng also wrote the NEA-funded project Story “Explorers”, an original musical for young audiences with autism. Kahng is an alumnus of the Playwrights Foundation’s Residency, Djerassi, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts Residency, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, and the TheatreWorks New Works Festival. He has been invited as a Guest Lecturer/Artist at Harvard University, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, San Jose State University and The San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Kahng is a Jonathan Larson Grant Finalist, a Richard Rodgers Award Finalist, a Board Member of Theatre for Young Audiences USA, and a proud member of the Dramatists Guild.

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