Finding Your Lyrics

Finding Your Lyrics with Frank Spitznagel and Christopher Bell

Class Description

In this 3-hour workshop, we’ll explore how characters and the way they move through the world are the heart of unforgettable lyrics. We’ll explore how emotions elicited by a character's environment can supercharge your on-the-spot songwriting by transforming mundane items and places into extraordinary wordplay and vivid imagery. By the end of the workshop, you'll have new tools in your musical improv toolkit to take your audience on an unforgettable lyrical journey with some fun and laughs along the way. Prerequisite: Musical Improv Level 1

Instructor: Frank Spitznagel

Frank Spitznagel is the Musical Director at Magnet Theater and a piano accompanist who frequently plays for such improv groups as I Eat Pandas, Veal, The Made-Up Musical, Gusto, and many others. He is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music, where he studied piano performance. His work can be heard on several studio recordings. Frank has composed for Comedy Central and the Aspen Comedy Festival. He accompanied Itzhak Perlman in an original jazz composition by Benny Golson at Lincoln Center. He also played the American premiere of The Hired Man Off-Broadway. He has been musical director for productions such as Nunsense (all incarnations), A Chorus Line, Chicago City Limits, and several original musicals.

Instructor: Christopher Bell

Forged in the fiery swelter of HOTlanta, Chris Bell made his perilous journey to the City of New York 9 full sun rotations ago.

Chris has penned works, produced shows, and performed in various projects throughout the city. He is excited and honored to be given the opportunity to raid the Magnet stage each week.

Chris also acknowledges that if there's one thing he should never be asked to do, it's to write his own bio.

Full Session Schedule

Session Schedule*

  1. Oct 15, 2023, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    at Ripley Grier (520 8th Ave, 16th fl)
    (btw 36th & 37th Sts)
This class does not have a show/performance