Canadian Musical Theatre Writers Collective announces Montreal songwriting workshop with Jonathan Monro

Workshop Dates: October '18 – March '19 | Application Deadline: August 20th

The Canadian Musical Theatre Writers Collective’s (CMTWC) Montréal Writers Workshop is Canada’s premier training program for emerging musical theatre songwriters, and the first program of its kind in Quebec. In this unique course, students will learn the craft of musical theatre songwriting in an intimate and nurturing environment.

Students receive world-class training from renowned Canadian musical theatre composer and lyricist Jonathan Monro, in addition to high profile special guest speakers.

This exclusive program is open to musical theatre composers, lyricists, and composer-lyricists from across Canada.

Topics covered include: rhyme, scansion, song form (AABA, verse/chorus), duets, and ensembles. The course culminates in the creation of original 10-minute musical. A showcase of material created in the workshop will be presented in Spring 2019 (subject to change).

The workshop meets bi-weekly (location TBD) and will be held on the following dates (subject to change):

  • October 15, 29
  • November 12, 26
  • December 10
  • January 14, 28
  • February 11, 25
  • March 11, 25

The fee for the workshop is $550. Application Deadline: August 20th, 2018

To apply, visit:

For further information, please contact CMTWC at


Born and raised in St. John’s, JONATHAN MONRO is an actor, pianist, musical director, and composer, whose most recent work is The Hockey Sweater: A Musical, written with Emil Sher. Jonathan was MD for the Canadian Premieres of The Sparrow and the Angel (Segal Centre), Fun Home (Vancouver Arts Club), and The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (Segal Centre), on which he also co-produced the cast album with Alan Menken. He trained at BMI New York’s Lehman Engel Workshop, and won their Harrington Award for Outstanding Writing. Jonathan was Musical Associate to Charles Strouse (composer of Annie) and Richard Maltby (Lyricist of Miss Saigon), and was mentored by Adam Guettel (The Light in the Piazza). He has been musical director on over 30 productions, and has been an actor in over 75 productions, from TV/film to the Stratford Festival, to Broadway. Jonathan began his career as a classical pianist with a performance at Carnegie Hall at the age of 16. He resides in Montreal and is currently learning how to paint.

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