An Evening with Stephen Schwartz


A Life in Film, Television and Theater

In this seminar, Stephen Schwartz, three-time Academy Award-winning composer/lyricist, talked about writing for film and television vs. writing for the stage, and presented samples of his work both live and on film. Stephen has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and inducted into both the Songwriters and Theatre Halls of Fame. His experience working on film musicals, both animation and live-action, and theater give him a particular view of the music industry that can shine a bright light on recent television shows which emulate musicals.

He has collaborated with composer Alan Menken on the scores for the Disney animated features Pocohontas, for which he received two Academy Awards and a Grammy, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He also provided songs for DreamWorks’ first animated feature, The Prince of Egypt, for which he won another Academy Award for the song “When You Believe.” He provided music and lyrics for The Wonderful World of Disney‘s original television musical, Geppetto; and collaborated with Alan Menken on the songs for Disney’s Enchanted. He wrote music and lyrics to Godspell (Grammy Award), Pippin, The Magic Show, The Baker’s Wife, Children of Eden, and the Broadway and international smash hit, Wicked. With Leonard Bernstein he wrote English text for Bernstein’s Mass, which opened The Kennedy Center. He has released two CDs on which he sings new songs, entitled “Reluctant Pilgrim” and “Uncharted Territory.”

Under the auspices of the ASCAP Foundation, Stephen directs musical theatre workshops in New York and Los Angeles, and previously served as the President of the Dramatists’ Guild. To learn more about him, visit:

This seminar took place at: The Paley Center/The Mitchell Theatre, 465 North Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

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