London Playwrights’ Workshop is partnering with musical theatre writing team Barlow & Smith to create the Women’s Musical Theatre Initiative (WMTI), a new development programme for female musical theatre writers.

In 2017, The Stage reported that male writers outnumber female writers 9:1 in musical theatre, with women underrepresented as lyricists, bookwriters, and particularly as composers.

The Women’s Musical Theatre Initiative (WMTI) aims to redress that imbalance.

The WMTI programme will have three strands:

  1. Showcases for talented women artists – gaining exposure for female writers and helping those in the industry find and connect with new talent
  2. Masterclasses for intermediate/advanced artists – helping them develop their skills and build their networks
  3. An introductory writers workshop – encouraging more women to get into writing musical theatre, and give them the support and challenge to develop their skills

The writing showcases launched in 2018, with the masterclass and workshop programmes starting in 2019 – details of upcoming opportunities will be listed here, or you can sign up below to receive info straight to your inbox!


Watch this space for details of future events.

Register your interest

If you’re interested in staying in the loop on the future activities of the WMTI, you can join the mailing list specifically for information about this group below. (Please note: if you’re already on our mailing list, you may need to update your preferences to include this group as well!)