​​​​​​​​​​Musical Cafe is thrilled to offer the following on-line workshop: MUSIC FOR PLAYS, A GUIDE FOR COMPOSERS, DIRECTORS & PLAYWRIGHTS, an on-line workshop, presented by composer Richard Jennings on Sunday, October 17, 4PM to 5:30PM Pacific Time.




The right music can greatly enhance the experience of the collaborative art form of theatre. It can do much more than establish place, period, pace, subtext mood or cover the noise of set changes. It can guide the emotions, enhance spectacle, foreshadow, reprise and deeply engage the audience. Music has been an essential and integral part of the theatrical experience since its beginnings.


In this 90-minute virtual workshop, award-winning composer Richard Jennings will present a step-by-step guide for composers and directors.  It will include making contact between the company and composer, the Director’s role, contracts, copyright, production budgets, establishing instrumentation, style, feel, spotting cues, composing cues, adjusting cues, contracting and rehearsing performers, recording and preparing cues for performance, integrating with the Stage Manager and Sound Operator, and much more. A complete outline of all topics discussed will be provided to participants.


Whether you’re an aspiring composer, a director who wants more than “needle drop” cues or someone who wants to understand the process of greatly enhancing a production with the right music, please join us.



With more than 50 musical scores for plays, over 30 of them for Shakespeare, Richard Jennings has had a long and successful career working with theatres tiny to Tony Award winning. He was Composer in Residence for the acclaimed Southwest Shakespeare Company for a decade. He’s provided scores and songs for TV movies, Disney Specials, PBS series, documentary films and commercials. His original musical plays and critically acclaimed space operas have enjoyed runs in San Francisco, New York and many other cities.


Jennings’ work has been showcased in The Los Angeles Times. He is the recipient of the Hollywood Drama-Logue Critics Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Theatre” as well as grants from The NEA and various arts organizations. He studied with Pulitzer Prize winning composers and has served on the faculties of colleges and universities. A member of The Dramatists Guild of America, he is a founder of Musical Cafe, a developmental program that helps launch new musicals. Visit: rjmusic.org.


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