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The CMTWC Vancouver Writers Workshop ran from October 2017-May 2018. This 11-week course for emerging musical theatre writers was the first of its kind on the West Coast of Canada. The course, led by award-winning composer/lyricist Daniel Maté, was a unique opportunity for West Coast composers and lyricists to hone their craft, learn from experts, and build a stronger community around their work. 

The workshop will not be running for the 2018/19 season.
Stay tuned for other CMTWC events in the Vancouver area!

The CMTWC Vancouver Writers Workshop

class of 2017-18 with course leader Daniel Maté and CMTWC Co-Artistic Director Landon Braverman


DANIEL MATÉ is an award-winning composer, lyricist, and educator from Vancouver, BC. He holds an MFA from Tisch/NYU in Musical Theatre Writing and is currently Writer-in-Residence for Touchstone Theatre, thanks to a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. 

Daniel is the recipient of the prestigious Edward Kleban Prize for Lyrics—a US$100,000 award given annually to “the most promising lyricist in American Musical Theater”—as well as a Jonathan Larson Grant and the ASCAP Foundation’s Cole Porter Award. His work has been presented in a solo concert at the Kennedy Center (DC) and at various preeminent New York City venues. 

Musical works include: The Trouble With Doug (European premiere May 2017, Fredericia Teater, Denmark [Victoria Clark, dir.]); The Longing and the Short of It (5 Carbonell Award nominations; In Tune Festival [Vancouver, June 2017]; Charlottetown Festival Conference [P.E.I., September 2017]); Middle School Mysteries (commission for Two River Theater, NJ); Hansel & Gretl & Heidi & Günter (commission for Chicago Shakespeare Theater, IL). 

Daniel has led songwriting workshops for teens and adults in schools and recovery homes from Brooklyn to South Central Los Angeles. He has also taught college and high school masterclasses and will be the primary instructor for the Canadian Musical Theatre Writers Collective’s first-ever Vancouver Writers Workshop starting this Fall. On occasion, he co-leads workshops with his father, renowned physician and speaker Gabor Maté, and has narrated award-winning audiobook versions of Dr. Maté’s best-selling books. Currently, Daniel lives in East Vancouver with his wife Tanya.

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