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Kait Kerrigan: What Copyright Means to Me
Kait Kerrigan. Photo credit: Jenny Woodward
Photo credit: Jenny Woodward

To be a good musical theatre writer, you must be collaborative by nature. You must genuinely believe that having other artists at the table makes for better work. We are not novelists, creating entire worlds alone in private corners for others to enter only when they open the spine of the book. We are not even playwrights, generally crafting a full draft with a beginning, middle, and end before collaborating with directors, designers, and actors. As musical theatre writers, we say, “I have an idea,” and entreat others to join us in transforming that idea into a musical. 

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Kait Kerrigan

is an award-winning bookwriter, lyricist, and playwright. Musicals include The Mad Ones, Henry & Mudge, Justice, Earthrise, Rosie Revere, Engineer & Friends, The Bad Years, A Killer Party, and The Time Traveller’s Wife. Plays include Father/Daughter, Imaginary Love, Transit, and we have to hold hands