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Across A Crowded Room: 2015 Edition


After the wildly successful 2013 edition of Across A Crowded Room, we are about to launch a second edition that is more exciting than ever before.

If you are a musical theater...

  •  ...composer longing for lyrics, 
  • ...lyricist looking for a composer,
  • ...bookwriter browsing for scores,
  • ...singer searching for new songs

(or any combination of the above) then this is the event for you! Last year teams of complete strangers teamed up to write mini-musical theater scenes that they presented for Lisa Lambert, Thomas Meehan, and Joshua Schmidt.  

This year, we will offer a full summer seminar on musical theater writing with seminars by masters of the art including:

Lynn Ahrens on Lyrics: Saturday, June 13 from 10 am - 12 Noon

Lisa Kron on Bookwriting: Saturday, June 27 from 10 am - 12 Noon

Jason Robert Brown on Composition: Saturday, July 11 from 10 am - 12 Noon

Participants will write a 20 minute musical that will be presented in the Bruno Walter auditorium at Lincoln Center on August 29 (yes, you can have a show presented at Lincoln Center!) 

We will begin with a mixer on May 16 from 10 am - 12 noon that will help you find the collaborators you need.  


Please note that participants will be expected to attend all five events. You may also want to link to a sample of your work (on YouTube, Google Drive, SoundCloud, whatever) in the comments section below so that potential collaborators can be on the look out for you.

For inspiration, here are three of the songs performed at the 2013 event:

Should've Known Better (Music: Rachel Evans / Lyrics: David Brush / Vocals: Erin Martinez) Girls My Age (Music By Jonathon Lynch, Lyrics by Nathan Brisby, Vocals by Stephanie Eve Parker)

The Game Must Change (Music and Vocals By Sidsel Ben Semmane, Lyrics by Nathan Brisby ad Sidsel Ben Semmane)


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A sample of my lyrics

To watch a video of one of my songs, go to The Jersey Shore Song: Sing Me Clementine - YouTube. Or on Spotify enter Jeanie Stahl and find "I Do for You, You Do for Me." I have lots of lyrics begging for music. Check out these songs, and look for me on May 16th if they call to you.

Lauren Gundrum's lyrics

Hi! I'm sharing a link to a song cycle I'm working on - it's called "Things to Conquer" and explores various challenges and emotions people experience - from bullying, to marathon running, to musical auditions, to job stress, and some more! I am primarily a lyricist - I also write piano accompaniments for my lyrics, but am really looking forward to meeting other composers, as well as book writers, to work with. Please feel free to reach out (email: if you like what you hear and want to chat! SoundCloud:

Harriet Reisen's Songs, links to 3

1) funny "Chocolate Is It" 2) nostalgic video The Jersey Shore Song: Sing Me Clementine - YouTube. 3) ballad "I Do for You, You Do for Me." on Spotify enter Jeanie Stahl. I have many lyrics crying out for music! Reach me at

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