WORKING WITH A MUSIC DIRECTOR ON YOUR NEW PLAY OR MUSICAL, an on-line workshop with San Francisco Bay Area Pianist, Composer and Music Director Billy Wolfe, November 7, 4-5:30PM Pacific Time.









Whether it’s a full-length musical packed with tons of song and dance numbers, a simple one-act play with music, or even an impromptu musical comedy improv night, having the right music director will greatly enhance the creative process and elevate the quality of the performance. For playwrights, directors, actors, composers, musicians and music directors, this workshop will explore the various elements and timelines necessary when collaborating on a new musical theater project. For composers, what are some of the pitfalls we run into when working with a music director? For music directors, what is the best way to communicate your needs with the composer, especially if the material seems a little too half-baked? How can we all best communicate with our fellow actors, musicians, the playwright and the director? How do we prepare for our first rehearsals? During the workshop we will interactively create, rehearse and perform snippets of music, followed by an open discussion of different ways of thinking, communicating and executing our dramatic and musical ideas. Knowledge of music notation is useful, but not required. The goal will be how to work with energy, creativity and focus, keeping in mind the reality of deadlines, all the while staying in positive, optimistic and mindful communication with our collaborators.



Originally from San Diego, Billy began his music and theater training at San Diego Junior Theater, followed by an undergraduate degree in music from UC Berkeley. Drawing on his experiences as a San Francisco Bay Area pianist, composer and music director, Billy collaborates on new works with the National Dance Institute, University of Texas at Austin, UC Berkeley, Ballet Austin, University of Colorado at Boulder, and Musical Cafe. His original composition ‘Through the Mountain,’ was nominated for an Austin Critics Table Award. He currently is employed as an accompanist at San Francisco Ballet School.


REGISTRATION: Suggested donation of $15-$25. Registrants will be sent an email with Zoom instructions.