In our "Meet The Writers" series, we're learning more about the participants of the CMTWC Writer's Workshop. The Writer's Workshop meets every two weeks in Toronto where, under the guidance of head teacher Leslie Arden, participants learn and practice the craft of composition and lyric-writing. Check back every Monday to meet a new writer!
What was your introduction to the theatre?
I was introduced to theatre back in high school. I wanted to get along with my friends, so I tagged along with my friends to audition for the school production of “Peter Pan” the musical.
When was the moment you decided to write for the theatre?
It was back in college when I was studying musical theatre. I’d often just fiddle on a piano after practice and come up with fun melodies. These melodies somehow morphed into stories and I began to write songs for fun, and I found that it was more rewarding to compose. Music is universal and it can move you.
Who is someone's work you admire, and why do you admire it?
I admire many different kinds of artists. Right now I’m learning a little bit about painting and how it tells a story. I think there’s something to learn from everything.
How do you like to write? What is your process? Where do you find inspiration?
It really depends. I haven’t been writing for long so I don’t have a set routine that I’ve developed yet. But around 3AM, after a long day, I seem to tap into the “zone”.
What do you want to see more of on stage?
More honest stories! Nothing gimmicky or “impressive”. Honest stories written by people who just want to tell a good story.
If you had to pick one musical cast recording to be your "desert island record" which would it be?
Complete this sentence: "I write because…”
It’s the best way I know to express that “something” in me.
What's a tip you have about collaboration?
Always make the first meeting with the partner some place he/she is comfortable.
Why did you join the Writers Workshop?
I wanted to improve my writing, and surround myself with other writers.
What is your favourite thing about the Writers Workshop?
Working with great writers and being shredded by amazing artists!
Jaemoon Lee is an actor in Toronto and a graduate of Randolph Academy. He was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. In search of a better life, he moved to Oregon, US, when he was just about twelve. It was there in high school he’d discovered music and theatre arts and started to dream of being in the arts industry. Then he moved here, to Toronto, to continue his artistic pursuit at the Randolph Academy college program. Nowadays, he spends his time developing his new musical while auditioning for film/TV and theatre.