I’ve Written A Musical! Now What? – Course Leaders

February 1st, 2017

Elliot Davis

Writing Credits: LOSERVILLE (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Garrick, West End). Olivier Nominated for Best New Musical. SOHO CINDERS (co-book with Anthony Drewe) music by Goerge Stiles. PETER PAN (revised book) with Stiles & Drewe, OUT THERE (Riverside Studios, Union), BEST FRIENDS & BUTTERFLIES, (book & Music) TicketMaster Composer Award / Best New Musical Vivian Ellis Award.  WHAT I GO TO SCHOOL FOR – THE BUSTED MUSICAL (Brighton Theatre Royal). Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be (new adaptation for Stratford East) dir by Terry Johnson. Current Projects: BECOMING NANCY (book) music by Stiles & Drewe directed by Jerry Mithcell.  REHAB The Musical (book) music by Grant Black, lyrics by Murray Luchlan Young.

Radio: In another career strand Elliot is a prolific music documentary maker for the BBC. His celebration of Tommy Steele’s life presented by Bill Kenwright was broadcast for Xmas 2016. He has written the life stories of Joan Littlewood, The Bee Gees, Gloria Estefan, Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow, James Last(!), Paul Anka and Freddie Mercury’s 60 Commemoration; all for the BBC.

Film: He is the inaugral recipient of the JJ Screenwriting Bursary in association with BAFTA. His first feature film screenplay ‘Consider Yourself’ was commissioned by BBC films and shoots later 2017 starring Geoffrey Rush. He has just compeleted his second feature film also for the BBC.

Musical Direction: Elliot has developed a close musical collaboration with Burt Bacharach over the last few years. He was musical director for the BBC / Senbla’s Televised ‘A Life In Song With Burt Bacharach’ at the Festival Hall (2015) and musical director for Mr Bacharach’s Palladium and Festival Hall concerts in 2016. In 2016 Elliot conducted A Rogers & Hammerstein Celebration with the London Symphony Orchestra and a Judy Garland Live Experience at the London Palladium. Over his career he has musically supervised and conducted many musicals!


Fadi ‘Sevan’ Tavoukdjian

Sevan is an actor/writer based in New York and London.

His work in New York includes The Public Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Access Theatre, The New Group, UglyRhino. His work in London includes The Bush Theatre, Theatre503, Vertical Line Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, The Space Arts Centre, Rich Mix, The Old Vic Lab.

He has worked as a dramaturg/facilitator at Rising Circle Theatre Company, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and Mountview, the Khalil Gibran Academy.


Carl Miller

Carl trained as a director at the Royal Court on the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme.

He has been Artistic Director of the Royal Court Young People’s Theatre, an Associate Director of Birmingham Rep and of Unicorn, and Writer in Residence at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, Carl is a former member of BML and a member of MMD’s Lab. Carl has devised many playwriting projects with young people and adults. With the Royal Court International Department, he has worked with playwrights in Brazil, China, India and Uganda.


Vicky Graham

Vicky has produced theatre in London, Edinburgh, Paris, Avignon, on tour in the UK and Off-Broadway in New York. She studied at Cambridge University and trained in directing at Mountview Academy before becoming the first in-house Producer at Theatre503 in 2010.

In 2011, Vicky was selected to participate in the Old Vic New Voices T.S. Eliot US/UK Exchange, and subsequently spent three months working in New York. In 2012, Vicky received the Society of London Theatre’s Stage One Bursary for new commercial producers, and the Old Vic New Voices Edinburgh Award later that year. In December 2013 she was awarded a BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellowship, and worked with English Touring Theatre to produce Brian Friel’s TRANSLATIONS (UK Theatre Award for Best Touring Production). In 2014 VGP commissioned BREEDERS by Ben Ockrent, which was selected to open the inaugural Stage One ONE STAGE Season at the St. James Theatre, and in 2015 Vicky worked as Executive Producer for Out of Joint.

With Vicky Graham Productions, Vicky has produced the world premieres of THE SLUTS OF SUTTON DRIVE by Joshua Conkel at the Finborough Theatre, and STRONG ARM by Finlay Robertson (Winner – Old Vic New Voices Edinburgh Award) as well as BREEDERS by Ben Ockrent. 2016 saw the first production of FLOWERS FOR MRS HARRIS – a new musical adaptation of the novel by Paul Gallico by Rachel Wagstaff and Richard Taylor commissioned by VGP – at Sheffield Theatres, directed by Daniel Evans, and a co-production of PILGRIMS by Elinor Cook at HighTide Festival, the Yard Theatre and Theatr Clwyd.

VGP is proud to produce multi award-winning cabaret duo HOUSE OF BLAKEWELL.

Vicky is also a regular facilitator, speaker and mentor, and has run, or participated in events with IdeasTap, Old Vic New Voices, Stage One, Theatrecraft, Musical Theatre Network and the Young Vic Genesis Directors Programme. She is Chair of the Board of Theatre Uncut.


Jake Brunger

Jake Brunger (book and lyrics) and Pippa Cleary (music and lyrics) are a London-based musical theatre writing partnership. They met at Bristol University in 2008, where they were studying Drama and Music respectively.

Their musicals together include: Jet Set Go! (Edinburgh Fringe, Theatre 503 and Jermyn Street Theatre; licensed by Music Theatre International), The Great British Soap Opera (Edinburgh Fringe and Jermyn Street Theatre), Red Riding Hood (Singapore Repertory Theatre, Pleasance Theatre in London and Edinburgh, Middle East tour, El Repertorio in Mexico City and Casa Mañana in Texas, USA; licensed by Rodgers and Hammerstein Theatricals), the stage musical adaptation of Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾(Leicester Curve), Prodigy (National Youth Music Theatre at St James Theatre; upcoming licensing by Music Theatre International) and Treasure Island (Singapore Repertory Theatre).
Upcoming work includes a new adaptation of Chicken Little for Singapore Repertory Theatre, who are also preparing for the Mandarin language translation of Red Riding Hood, which opens in July, also at Singapore Repertory Theatre.

Jake and Pippa’s additional credits include music and lyrics for the Rose Theatre, Kingston’s 2013 Christmas show The Snow Gorilla, a song for the musical revue A Song Cycle for Cycle (Soho Theatre) and the opening number for 2014’s West End Bares.

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ was nominated for the 2015 UK Theatre Award for Best Show for Children and Young People and Treasure Island was nominated for the 2016 The Singapore Life Theatre Award for Best Show for the Young. Pippa was the recipient of the 2013 Arts Foundation Fellowship for Musical Theatre Composition, supported by the Lionel Bart Foundation, and they have twice been finalists for The Stiles and Drewe Prize.

In addition to their work together Jake’s credits as a playwright include Four Play (Old Vic New Voices Festival and Theatre 503, published and licensed by Nick Hern Books), Pub Quiz (Manchester Royal Exchange Studio, which he also directed), ‘Ave It (Old Vic Tunnels), Chavs (Lyric Hammersmith Studio) and People Like Us (Vineyard Theatre, New York / Pleasance Theatre London). Jake was recently named as one of the writers-to-watch on the 2017 BBC New Talent ‘Hotlist’ and he has numerous TV and film projects in development with companies including Hillbilly Films, Blueprint Pictures, Inflammable Films and BBC Studios.