Town Crier Report
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s Musical Making Workshop for Bay Area high school students is set to begin next week.
Students will learn songwriting and storytelling skills from professional theater artists three times a week in two-hour sessions over Zoom, Monday through Aug. 14.
Led by TheatreWorks teaching artist and playwright Joanna Glum, the program will cover the basics of theatrical songwriting and storytelling. The workshop also features guest instruction by award-winning composer and librettist Min Kahng and TheatreWorks resident musical director William Liberatore. Students will work with the professional theater-makers and have the opportunity to compose and craft their own music-driven scenes, all inspired by the theme of “2020.”
Glum is a film and theater-maker, director, writer, teacher and actor. Her works have been developed at the Philadelphia and Edinburgh Fringe festivals. She was a finalist for the 2018 American Zoetrope Screenplay Competition and semifinalist for the Sundance Screenwriting Lab. Glum’s experience includes film editing and production, having worked on feature films such as “Bumblebee” and “Lady Bird,” and having created original documentary theater pieces. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in playwriting from the University of Edinburgh.
Kahng is an award-winning Bay Area playwright and composer. His musical “The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga” premiered at TheatreWorks in 2017. The production won seven San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle awards. Kahng also has won a Theatre Bay Area Titan Award for Playwrights and is a resident playwright with Playwrights Founda-
Liberatore is TheatreWorks’ resident musical director and has worked as a choir director at Gunn High School for more than 30 years. Liberatore has conducted more than 40 shows, including the world premieres of “Pride and Prejudice,” “The Prince of Egypt” and “The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga,” as well as TheatreWorks productions of “Tuck Everlasting,” “Sweeney Todd” and others. He has been a frequent recipient of the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Best Musical Direction.