Garden Theatre is seeking submissions for a Song Writing Challenge. Have you been using your unexpected spare time to work on a new musical or scratch the creative itch by writing a new song? We want to hear about it! All styles and genres are welcome and encouraged.

This challenge is open to any new stand-alone song or song from a musical written since March 1, 2020, or not yet written. Each song will be adjudicated by a panel of industry professionals with the top five receiving personal feedback, recorded remotely by a professional performer, and shared by the Garden as part of a virtual cabaret.


To be considered, please submit a recording of your song and one of the following:

  • If it is a stand-alone song, include a brief description of the inspiration for the piece.
  • If it is part of a musical, include a brief synopsis of the musical, as well as where the song fits into the work.

To qualify, the song must not have been written before March 1, 2020.

If chosen, each artist will receive feedback from theatre professionals and be asked to work with a performer on the song and create a backing track for the video to be used in the virtual cabaret.

Submissions will not be accepted after 12:00 pm on Wednesday, April 8.

All submissions should be emailed to:


Rob Archibald was formerly the Head of Singing & Music at LAMDA in London, following his role as Head of Singing at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is also a qualified Massage Therapist. In 2016 he was awarded Associate of the Royal Academy of Music for his services to Education. 

Rob originally studied as an actor/singer/dancer and his credits include: Les Miserables, Batboy, Ragtime, Grease, Riverdance, Jerry Springer – the Opera, Carousel, The Wild Party, Moon Landing, Grab Me A Gondola, Dude! Where’s My Teddy Bear?

As Director his credits include: The Wizard of Oz, 9 to 5, The Wedding Singer, Legally Blonde and Ghost.

As Musical Director his credits include: Oliver!, Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Secret Garden, Parade, Sweeney Todd and MD/Arranger for Linzi Hateley – True Colours.

Jennifer Cook is a composer and lyricist with commissions from Full House Theatre Co., British Youth Musical Theatre, and the Arts Council of England. She earned a degree in Contemporary Music from BYU, a Master’s degree in Musical Theatre Writing from Goldsmiths University, and was an active participant in the advanced BML workshop in London. Jen also channels her overactive imagination into a pop artist project under the moniker “Cookie,” and currently lives in Los Angeles working on pop, musical theater, and film/TV projects.

Alexander Rudd is a British Composer and Songwriter working in film, television, theatre and the concert hall. He is based in LA and London. Having been awarded the highest prize for composition at Trinity College of Music, he won a Fulbright Scholarship to study film scoring at USC. In 2009, Alexander moved to the US to study Film Scoring at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School Of Music in Los Angeles. Whilst studying in LA he was fortunate enough to meet and learn from composer and songwriter Randy Newman (Joy, Monster’s University, Toy Story) who became his mentor and friend. Through this wonderful relationship Alex went on to write additional music for Toy Story 3. Now active as a film composer and scorer, Alexander received a co-credit for his composition work on the Warner Brothers movie Unknown directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (starring Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones and Aidan Quinn). Other credits include working on the final season of Michael Giacchino’s score for the hit television series Lost. He also composed and conducted the score for the award-winning Thule directed by Robert Scott Wildes.

Lisa-Anne Tamagini is a New York City based teaching singer. After earning her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Performer’s Certificate from the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, Ms. Tamagini went on to have a successful stage career that has spanned over twenty years. She has appeared in leading roles in major opera houses and concert halls including, Houston Grand Opera, New York City Opera, Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Beginning her work as a teacher a decade ago, Ms. Tamagini integrates her stage and singing experience with her understanding of the physiology of the voice. Using classical technique as the basis for liberating the voice across all musical styles, Ms. Tamagini’s students can be heard on Broadway and Off-Broadway stages, Opera Houses throughout the US and Europe. Her pre-professional students have matriculated to Young Artist Training Programs and major conservatories such as The Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Mannes College of Music, NYU Steinhardt and Tisch, Wagner College, Syracuse University, Ithaca College, Boston University, Harvard University, Carnegie Mellon University, and Berklee College of Music to name a few, as well as trained singers who went on to American Idol and The Voice.