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MasterIt is The Street's ongoing program of masterclasses for Canberra theatre makers. Watch this space for upcoming classes in 2019!



with composer/educator/music director  David Sisco (USA)

26 – 29 June 2019




MUSIC THEATRE START UP brings new music theatre writing from around the globe writing into focus now. This intensive is concerned with music theatre practice and artform development from experimental projects to productions in theatres where music is a crucial and indispensible aspect in the performance.

There are two streams – performer and creative (incorporating composer, librettist, and playwrights). Music Theatre Start Up will be led by New York-based composer, music director, educator and publisher David Sisco renowned for his work in contemporary music theatre and the development of original music theatre work.

This is a partially subsidised program and participants will be selected through an expression of interest process.



David Sisco has served on the voice faculties of Northeastern University, Suffolk University, Marymount Manhattan College, and is a visiting professor at Wagner College. He currently maintains a private studio in New York and leads masterclasses and workshops around the country and internationally. He has presented at the 2012 & 2016 NATS Conferences, the 2013 & 2017 ICVT Conferences, and was a Keynote Speaker at the 2018 ANATS Conference. David is a member of the Dramatist’s Guild, BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop (Advanced), and is an alumnus of the New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio. He is currently collaborating with Tom Gualtieri on two musicals: Falling to Earth, and an adaptation of Henry James’ The Wings of the Dove with book writer Michael Zam (co-creator, “Feud”). A winner of the 2010 NATS Composition Award, David is a prolific art song composer. His songs have been heard at concerts produced by Friends & Enemies of New Music, Joy in Singing, Lyricfest, Songfest, Songfusion, and at Carnegie Hall. Sisco has been commissioned by Manhattan Girls Chorus, Cayuga Vocal Ensemble, and twice by Minnesota State University Moorhead. With business partner Laura Josepher, David runs, the largest online database of contemporary musical theatre writers and songs. David and Laura wrote “Mastering College Musical Theatre Auditions: Sound Advice for the Student, Teacher, and Parent,” available on Amazon. David earned a BA in Vocal Performance with Composition Honors from Syracuse University and a MM in Vocal Performance from Boston University.





We seek performers whose theatre interests lie in the intersection of voice, music and movement to take part in an investigative workshop with visiting New York-based composer and voice coach, David Sisco ( The artists involved will build relationships and hone skills united in a creative environment offering collaboration and experiment on up to the minute new Music Theatre repertoire. You will work on the floor with David Sisco each day with a final public forum performance Saturday, sharing discoveries from the workshop.


Prior to the workshop you will receive materials to learn. This repertoire will be explored in the workshop environment with all team members present.



When:  Wed 26 – Sat 29 June, 10am – 5pm

              Public showing  Sat 29 June, 6 – 7:30pm          

Where: The Street Theatre

nb You will need to be available for the whole period in order to participate.


Suitable for: artists-in-training, emerging artists, and established artists. Singers with strong acting and substantial dancing skills are encouraged to apply.



This professional development opportunity is being supported by The Street Theatre, as part of their long-term commitment to growing professional capacity in this region.

Performer participant contribution is $200. 

The Street will cover the remainder of the fee.

There are eight places available.



CREATIVES (composer, librettist, and playwrights)

We seek Expression of Interest from  ACT/regionally-based composers/lyricists/playwrights to observe alongside New York-based composer, voice coach, and music theatre editor David Sisco (, as he conducts an investigative workshop with performers on the elements that go into creating successful and effective works for music theatre. There will also be a specialist laboratory on artistic collaboration in writing and composing for music theatre Friday 28th June 6-10pm



When: Wed 26 – Sat 29 June 10am – 5pm

                Fri 28 June 6-10pm (composer/librettist/playwright collaboration laboratory)

Where: The Street Theatre



This professional development opportunity is being supported by The Street Theatre, as part of their long-term commitment to growing professional capacity in our region.

Creative participant contribution is $150. 

The Street will cover the remainder of the fee.

There are four places available.

Application Creative Download

Application Performer Download


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City West ACT 2601

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