Mentoring inquiries

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"Paul is the complete package: he has an uncanny ear for dialogue and lyrics, a knack for finding the catchy in your tunes, and the great connections and experience you would hope to find in a mentor. He's fantastic at pinpointing exactly what your work needs and what to do to achieve it in a way that preserves your artistic voice.  After two summers working with him, with a third on the way, Paul's opinion has become invaluable to my process."

Erin Murray Quinlan, mentee and writer of "Hemingway's Wife"


"From my bottom drawer to the fringe and on to a West End showcase; Paul's experience, talent, connections and dedication turned my script into a living work of art . . .  And, he's great fun too!"

Wendy Gill, mentee and writer of "That Man"

"When I started my career writers of new musicals were supported and encouraged.  In today's very different climate that responsibility has fallen to those of us lucky enough to still be around"

Paul Boyd, mentor and writer, composer, director

If you are writing a new musical, if you have a script or score that needs evaluation, or if you are in the early stages of thinking about writing a new show, Paul may be able to help.


Paul has enjoyed great success mentoring new writers and directors (as well as established writers and directors creating new shows), advising, instructing, and assisting in the creation of a number of new works.


Paul's 25 years of experience in writing, composing, and directing could also help you. 

To enquire about engaging Paul as a mentor - for you, your project, or your entire writing team - simply email using the button below.


Please introduce yourself and any other members of your writing team, and give some information about your project.  


Please be clear about how you would like Paul to assist; for example - in his capacity as a writer, composer, or director (or all of the above).  Do also note that Paul will only take on a project to which he can be of use. 


Mentoring sessions will be scheduled by agreement, each session lasting between 1 and 2 hours.  The sessions will be timetabled weekly or bi-weekly over a period of months dependent on the needs of the project.  There is a minimum number of sessions that must be agreed in advance, and all mentoring sessions are subject to a signed contract and charged at an hourly rate, payable in advance.  All mentoring sessions will be subject to Paul's availabilty, and are necessarily London based.  International mentoring sessions can be arranged, carried out via Skpe or Facetime, and are subject to the same terms and conditions as London based sessions.


Paul has mentored many writers, composers, and directors over the past few years.  One of his recent mentees is the book writer Wendy Gill.  Wendy first came to Paul in 2014 with a script that she had written for a new musical That Man inspired by and featuring the hit songs of award-winning international recording artist Caro Emerald.


Paul spent some months working with Wendy on developing the script further and in negotiations with the writers, producers, and publishers of Caro Emerald's back catalogue of songs.  This first period of mentorship culminated in a staged concert production of the first draft of That Man which Paul directed at London Theatre Workshop in 2014.


Using the feedback and audience responses from that concert, Wendy continued to revise and develop the show throughout 2015.  


In 2016 Paul began working with Wendy on a second series of mentoring sessions and during this time Wendy was awarded a grant from the Arts Council of England to stage the new draft of the show in a larger, more realised concert production.  Paul engaged a producer to oversee the production, an acclaimed musical director and live band, and assembled a cast of West End performers including Eastenders star and Dance, Dance, Dance! winner Jonny Labey in the lead role.  The cast rehearsed in central London prior to two sold-out staged concerts at London's iconic Hippodrome Casino in September, which Paul directed.


As a result of the success of the Hippodrome shows, and the enthusastic reaction and support of Caro Emerald's management, Paul and Wendy are already working on the next stage of That Man's development in association with Grandmono Records.  To visit the show's web site - click here.


Another of Paul's mentees is American book writer, composer, and lyricist Erin Murray Quinlan.


In the summer of 2015 Erin travelled to London to work with Paul on the script, music, and lyrics of her new musical Hemingway's Wife.  Paul's directing experience proved useful in inspiring a new draft of the show, and he and Erin assembled a London cast to record a demo of the songs, which included Motown and Hamilton star Obi Ugoala in the title role. The recording can be heard on the show's web site - click here.


Erin returned to London in the summer of 2016 and she and Paul worked on her musical The Three Deaths of Aggrapina, recording a demo of the show (which can be heard online - click here), as well as on a number of other embryonic ideas that Erin continues to develop.

Paul can help with a number of different aspects of any new show or idea.


With 23 successful writing commissions to date, Paul's script writing and composing experience puts him in the unique position of being able to assist with and evaluate the book, music, and/or lyrics of a new work, and advise on specifics such as show structure and character development.  To see a full list of Paul's writing work - click here.


As a director with 25 years experience, and with knowledge of staging shows of all scales in all manner of venues, Paul is able to evaluate and advise on new work and recommend aspects of production development normally only available when a director has been engaged.  Paul can also, as has been the case with past mentoring projects, take work into staged production if this is deemed useful as part of the development process. To see a full list of Paul's directing credits -  click here.


Paul has many contacts in the theatre and music industy, particularly in London, allowing him to put together high calibre casts and creative teams, arrange rehearsal and performance spaces, and book recording sessions and workshop and meeting rooms.


Whichever aspect of your show needs development, Paul will have had experience of this before, and is happy to share that knowledge and guide your project through to an agreed end product - be that a final draft, a producer's pack, a marketing kit, a rehearsed reading, a staged concert, or a demo recording.