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One Voice

Writing Music & Lyrics Alone

June 21–July 12, 2021

One Voice

Writing Music & Lyrics Alone

June 21–July 12, 2021

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A Roundabout TheatreLab workshop by Daniel Zaitchik.

Musical theatre is a very collaborative art form, but some of us tackle writing both music and lyrics on our own. In this lab specifically for solo songwriters, we’ll celebrate the mysterious process of collaborating with ourselves.

Whether you’re a singer-songwriter who’s been itching to dip your toes into music-theatre, a composer who’s been shy (until now!) about writing your own lyrics, or a longtime composer-lyricist looking to stay inspired, everyone is welcome.

Each week we’ll have a songwriting “assignment” which may result in a complete song or a partial rough draft. Sessions will be centered around presenting your work in a safe environment and receiving supportive feedback to help you achieve creative clarity. Together we’ll hone our individual voices as we take a deep dive into songwriting as storytelling. 


You don’t need to have prior experience writing for theatre, but this workshop is best suited for those already somewhat comfortable expressing themselves through words and music (or those ready to take a brave leap!)

You certainly don’t have to be an expert singer or instrumentalist, but in order to share work you should feel comfortable either playing and singing (over Zoom) or have the ability to make a lo-fi recording of you and/or someone else performing your work. Nothing high tech or glossy required. Garageband or iPhone recordings will do the trick. 

If you participated in Daniel’s “Theatre Lab – Round Two” class of the same title, please be aware that this class will be very similar in structure and content. 

All sessions to be conducted via Zoom.


June 21, 7–9:30pm EST

Storytelling as a Solitary Songwriter


June 28, 7–9:30pm EST

Write What You Know


July 5, 7–9:30pm EST

Write What You Don't Know


July 12, 7–9:30pm EST

Writing is Rewriting

One Voice Instructor

Daniel Zaitchik