Artistic Director: Melissa Bencic

Program Coordinator: Steven Gallagher

Bravo Academy's New Music Theatre Intensives provide innovative, modern, advanced, and highly specialized music theatre training for both young and emerging artists. Through producing contemporary music theatre, our intensive programs assist and advance artists. We strive to challenge and educate artists to reach their potential by working with leading professionals and artists.

Led by Canadian director/book writer/lyricist Steven Gallagher, you’ll work with like-minded artists as you navigate the challenging and rewarding process of building a musical from scratch. 

During the first week, daily writing sessions with your collaborators will push your creative abilities to the limit, while workshops with guest artists build your knowledge of the craft and expand your writing toolbox.  Our Guest artists will be working directly with students to enrich their work and learning at every step of the process. 

The second week will focus on the creation of a 10-15 minute musical, culminating with a presentation. To help you implement your new skills, you'll receive full dramaturgical advice and support along the way.

The 2022 Writers' Workshop will run May 24th - June 3rd, 10:00-4:00pm.

Bravo Academy is committed to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in the theatre and arts ecosystem in Toronto and beyond. As part of that commitment, and to support our fellow artists, we are able to offer a limited number of bursary subsidies for this program to BIPOC writers.

Submit Your Application! Deadline May 7th

2018 Writers' Workshop

Program coordinator Steven Gallagher (bottom left) and the 2018 Writers

Past Workshop topics and Guest Artists include:
  • Finding your Muse: Kevin Wong
  • Book Writing: Steven Gallagher
  • Songwriting as a Team: Colleen Dauncey & Akiva Romer-Segal
  • Lyrics: Adam Sakiyama
  • Daring to be Dreadful: Britta Johnson
  • Comedy Writing: Matt Murray
  • The Producers Perspective: Michael Rubinoff
  • What Producers are interested in: Mitchell Marcus
  • Masterclass: Leslie Arden

Program Dates

May 24th - June 3rd, 2022




$750 + HST


Bravo Academy
77 Samor Rd, Unit 4

Program Coordinator: Steven Gallagher

Based in Toronto, Steven is a writer, director, and actor. His most recent musical, Blackout, written with Anton Lipovetsky premiered in 2021 in Toronto’s High Park and was co-produced by The Musical Stage Company and The Canadian Stage Company. His play Stealing Sam was recently seen at Alberta Theatre Projects in Calgary.  Memorial, the winner of the Trafalgar 24 Play Festival, premiered in Toronto at the Next Stage Festival in 2013, and its US Premiere at Half Moon Theatre in New York.  Stealing Sam premiered at the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2013 and was also seen off-Broadway at The United Solo Theatre Festival in 2014 where it was awarded Best Drama. With his collaborator Linda Barnett, his musical Pollyanna was shortlisted for the 2016 Playwrights Guild of Canada Best New Musical Award. Drama 101, written with Kevin Wong, was commissioned by Bravo Academy in Toronto and. was presented at the Toronto Fringe in 2018, where it won Patron’s Pick and NOW Magazine’s Outstanding Production. The Last Party, written with Nicky Phillips was seen at the Toronto Fringe in 2018.  In BeTWEEN written with Nicky Phillips and Sarah Ziegler premiered at Bravo Academy in 2020. Recent Directing credits include Chelsea Sunrise, Rumspringa Break, Crack of Doom, Myth of the Ostrich, The Stars of Mars (Theatre Sheridan), and Fully Committed (The Grand Theatre). He is a Merritt Award nominee and the recipient of a 2013 Harold Award.

I'm thrilled to be returning for the third time to lead this amazing creative endeavor. I'm especially excited that we will all be able to work together in person, and I look forward to seeing new collaborations blossom.

Submit Your Application! Deadline April 13th
  • The NMTI Writers' Workshop was a fantastic experience to meet different collaborators and start to discover my identity as a writer. Steven does a fantastic job of maximizing your output, giving you a bunch of daily exercises and always throwing something new into the mix. When you generate that much material you’re bound to learn a lot, plus the guidance of all of the guest artists was always relevant and well-rounded. Most opportunities like this are geared toward writers who already have lots of experience, I feel very lucky to be afforded the space and time to try out new things, write lyrics, scenes, and songs, study the craft of writing a musical. I highly recommend the Writers’ Workshop to any aspiring young writer.
    Ben Page
    2018 NMTI Writers' Workshop
  • Participating in the writer's workshop was invaluable to me as a music theatre creator. From a networking and collaboration perspective - I gained several fruitful writing collaborations, along with an incredible mentor in Steven. Additionally, New Music Theatre Intensives is an ongoing supportive force for me as a writer. The workshop is a great opportunity to hone your skills, focus your craft, and to start developing your voice!
    Hayley Goldenberg
    2018 & 2020 NMTI Writers' Workshops
  • The NMTI Writers' Workshop gave me the opportunity to unbridledly create among a group of passionate, hilarious, affirming, and wickedly talented theatre-makers. Every day, I'd feel like I'd open new horizons in my own artistic growth — and I really couldn't think of a better space in which to explore those avenues. I especially appreciated the opportunity to experience workflows with different collaborators — not only did this give me a better sense of what I prefer my working style to be, but also established a robust sense of community among us creators that, for me, epitomizes the wonder of writing new theatre.
    Ian Chan
    2021 NMTI Writers' Workshop


Ben Page (NMTI Writers' Workshop 2018) along with collaborator Germaine Konji has been selected for the Bad Hats Theatre's New Bad Ideas program in 2021. Their original musical, The Lobster Who Cried Person, is about a corporate lawyer who wakes up one day in the body of a lobster off the coast of Nova Scotia. Truth, identity, and exploitation are what lie below the waters in this folk/funk jamboree! The piece will be presented in Spring 2021.

Ben Kopp and Jake Schindler (NMTI Writers' Workshop 2020) along with book writer Margot Greve were featuring in the January 2021 Next Stage Festival with their original audio piece The Light Goes RoundThe Light Goes Round is a new musical that tells the true story of J.P. Radelmuller and the lighthouse he kept at Gibraltar Point on the Toronto Islands. In 1815, Radelmuller was known to store bootleg alcohol which he would serve to Fort York soldiers who visited the point. The musical was performed by Ben Kopp, Jake Schindler, Margot Greve, and Ben Yoganathan.

Ian Chan (NMTI Writers' Workshop 2020) orchestrating and musically directed at the American Repertory Theater (home of Waitress, Great Comet, Jagged Little Pill, and more) in Fall 2020. Come watch Jack and the Beanstalk: A Musical Adventure, a virtual musical for all ages, ran live on demand November 27 2020 - January 4, 2021. The original cast recording is available on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube.
Hayley Goldenberg (NMTI Writers' Workshop 2018 & 2020) and Jamie Graham (NMTI Writers' Workshop 2018) collaborated on an original musical To Family! which was presented in a workshop/reading at the Bravo Academy Zlotnik Studio Theatre in Spring 2019. To Family! is a new musical dramedy, follows Jenn and Nora, two sisters from a wealthy family in suburban Virginia, as they attempt to reconnect after four years of not speaking. Nora, the black sheep of the family, comes home with her life in shambles, and the women attempt to navigate their tumultuous relationship as Jenn plans her wedding. This story is about finding common ground when it appears there is none, and explores the complexity of the family dynamic. Follow Goldenberg & Graham on Instagram.
Ben Page (NMTI Writers' Workshop 2018) along with collaborator Jenny Waxman debuted their original musical Leaving Eden at the New York Musical Festival. The production won the 2019 NYMF Award for Best Musical. Leaving Eden is a punk-rock creation myth that asks: Is there wisdom in the Garden? And will we have to leave Eden to really know?