Finding Your Inner Musical: A Workshop for Songwriters

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Nashville, TN

The Nashville Songwriters Association
1710 Roy Acuff Place

Event begins at 6:30 pm.

This workshop is intended as an orientation for songwriters interested in exploring the options open to them in the world of musical theatre, with an emphasis on writing for the Nashville market.

Topics to be covered include:

  • The 3 primary genres of musical theatre
  • Discovering the "inner musicals" inherent in a songwriter's existing catalog
  • The basic nuts and bolts of writing a producible script
  • A look at the current Nashville market and what's going on with new musicals
  • Collaborating

In addition to Dorsey, attendees will also get a chance to hear from Steve Leslie and Len Cohen, the Nashville songwriting team whose musical Umbrella is one of three finalists in the Boiler Rooms Theatre's New Musicals Competition.

This workshop is free and open to the public.

Jaz Dorsey is a native of Atlanta, GA. Dorsey has a BA in International Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill (1978) followed by graduate studies in theatre at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.

Dorsey's musical Alice in America was produced off-Broadway in 1988 for the annual conference of The Lewis Carroll Society of North America in NYC. Between 1988 and 1999, he enjoyed numerous off and off-off Broadway productions of his own musicals, including Alice in America, Cafe Escargot and Waiting For the E Train. From 1990-1997 he served as in-house composer/lyricist for Biggs Rosati Productions, writing bilingual songs in Spanish and French for BRP's national educational theatre tours. In 1999 there was a Times Square production of Nellie at The Lambs Theatre, a musical for which Dorsey served as composer and co-lyricist.

Since moving to Nashville in 1999, Dorsey has focused on producing and working with Nashville songwriters who are developing new musicals. He currently serves as Director of Education for The Southern Appalachian International Film Festival and is coordinating a new play reading series for the Metro Nashville Parks Theatre Department at The Looby Theatre.

Dorsey is also the founder of The African American Playwrights Exchange.