March 7
6:00 pm

Ever wonder what it takes to create a new musical? With our second new musical under our belt, we’ve set up this Broadway Panel Series to tell you how!

Join us for the new Broadway Panel Series. We’re inviting Broadway artists and distinguished guests to delve deeper into the topics that make up some of our favorite stories.

the secret of my success

Learn the process of creating a new musical.


Michael Mahler
Composer and lyricist for Paramount’s New Musical The Secret of My Success

Michael Mahler is a Jeff award-winning composer/lyricist whose work was featured on Broadway in Cameron Mackintosh’s Tony-nominated new production of Miss Saigon (additional lyrics.) Current projects include stage adaptations of The Secret of My Success (Universal; co-music & lyrics by Alan Schmuckler, book by Gordon Greenberg & Steve Rosen), Monster (co-music & lyrics by Schmuckler, book by Chelsea Mercantel), and Jonestown (book by Randall Colburn). Michael’s shows include: October Sky (Universal; book by Aaron Thielen; Marriott Theatre, Old Globe), Hero (book by Thielen; Marriott, Asolo Rep), Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Fox Theatricals & Alchemation; co-music and lyrics by Schmuckler, book by Kevin Del Aguila; Minneapolis Children’s Theater), Miracle (book by Jason Brett; Royal George Theatre), Wonderland: Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure (book by Rachel Rockwell), The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes (co-music & lyrics by Julie Shannon, book by John Reeger), How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back? (co-book, music, and lyrics by Schmuckler; premiere at Chicago Shakespeare), Something in the Game (co-lyrics by David H. Bell, book by Buddy Farmer), The Main Street Kids Club (book & lyrics by Scott Ferguson), the premiere translated production of Boublil & Schönberg’s La Révolution Française, and others. With Schmuckler, Michael co-wrote music and lyrics and (with Blake Silver and Jarrod Zimmerman) co-developed musical pilot Boyfred for Shoe Money Productions, Sony Television and ABC.

Michael’s songs have been featured in various concerts and showcases around the world, including the NAMT festival of new works and an evening at the Kennedy Center, and his work is available for licensing through MTI and Dramatic Publishing. His lyrics can also be found on Russell Watson’s album, Only One Man. Michael is a Jeff-winning actor and musical director. He plays guitar and sings with his band, The Lincoln Squares whose debut EP is available online at

Carin Silkaitis
Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department & Artistic Director of Other Theatre Chicago

Carin Silkaitis is the Allen and Lynn Turner Chair of the Theatre Department at Columbia College Chicago, and the Artistic Director of Other Theatre Chicago ( Theatre credits include: Mama in A SHAYNA MAIDEL (TimeLine), Mother/Attorney in MACHINAL & Me in I DO TODAY (Greenhouse), Holly in VISITING (Artemisia), Chloe in LIPS TOGETHER, TEETH APART (Eclipse), Doctor Manor in SONS OF THE PROPHET & Mama/Sherry/Vera in DISTRACTED (u/s ATC), Queen Margaret in RICHARD III (Oak Park), Izzy in RABBIT HOLE (u/s Goodman), Dean Wreen in SEVEN HOMELESS MAMMOTHS WANDER NEW ENGLAND (Theater Wit). TV/Film credits include: Co-Stars on CHICAGO FIRE and RED LINE, Nurse in the SAG Feature UNEXPECTED, Joy in BEING HERE, Kathy in PRECIOUS THINGS, and Maggie in BLOOD AND WATER as well as numerous commercial, industrial, and voiceover credits. Carin is a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf, and she received her MFA from the Theatre Conservatory at Roosevelt University. Carin is member of AEA, and she is represented by Gray Talent Group.

Elizabeth Margolius
Stage and Movement Director

Elizabeth Margolius is a multiple Jeff Award-nominated stage and movement director based in Chicago and upstate New York. Her directorial credits include work with:  Peninsula Players, Firebrand Theatre, Chicago Opera Theater, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre (Assistant Director), City Lit Theater, Circle Theatre, Bailiwick Chicago, American Theater Company, Chicago Folks Operetta, and Bohemian Theatre Ensemble. Elizabeth has been a guest director and lecturer at colleges and universities across the country including:  DePaul Opera Theatre, Viterbo University, Converse School of Music, SUNY Albany and Skidmore College. She is an alumna of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab in New York, a recipient of a full directorial scholarship for the Wesley Balk Opera-Music Theater Institute in Minneapolis and a finalist for the Charles Abbott Fellowship. Elizabeth has a degree in classical flute and has trained in movement techniques from around the world including Qigong, the Frantic Method and Axis Syllabus. She is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus of DirectorsLabChicago and a proud member of the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).

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