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“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” 

~ Maya Angelou ~

What it is

WOWSIE is a year-long incubator program for aspiring solo show creators. Participants are guaranteed the opportunity to develop and perform their solo show in Philadelphia, and in their own town, if they so choose! 

how it works

WOWSIE is structured by quarter, featuring support from stagecraft experts, intensive weekend retreats, and weekly virtual sessions. Each quarter will focus on a different stage of show development.


Ready to bring your story to life on stage? 

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Quarter 1

Show Concept & Script Development

  • Work with one-woman show creator expert Lisa Liang to zero in on the core of your story and determine how to best bring that story to life. 

  • Through weekly Skype sessions with Lisa, you’ll move forward with script and concept ideas. 

  • In March, gather at our in-person retreat in Philadelphia where you’ll mastermind with other participants, present and receive feedback on your work-in-progress, and nurture new ideas. 

  • Take your new ideas and energy home and continue working your one-woman show in your sessions with Lisa.

Quarter 2

Concept Finalization & Show Pre-Production

  • Work with producer Allison Volk for a crash course on breathing life into your show on a practical level. 

  • In your work with Allison, learn how to select the right director and venue for your story to make it really shine. 

  • Check in weekly with Allison to ensure you move forward with identifying and selecting the right director and venue, and to finalize your creative concept and map out how it will be translated to the stage. 

  • Learn how to work closely with your director to finesse your vision for the show, and begin to work out technical details.

  • Towards the end of the quarter, you're invited to attend an in-person retreat where you will have the opportunity to share and receive feedback on your show concept and chosen venue. Participants will also have the opportunity to workshop a portion of their show during this retreat.

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Quarter 3

Set Design, Lighting and Tech

  • At this point, you will have hired a director, selected a venue and solidified some concepts for your one-woman show design. Now it’s time to begin to define your show’s technical requirements. 

  • Receive support from expert videographer and graphic designer Shams Nelson to outline audio/visual requirements and to design branding in preparation for fourth quarter marketing and publicity activities. 

  • You’ll check in weekly to make sure you’re moving forward with lighting, set design, audio/visual considerations, branding, logo/tagline and merchandising ideas.

  • Towards the end of the quarter, participants will be invited to attend an in-person retreat where they will have the opportunity to share and receive feedback on their stage and technical design, as well as their branding choices. Participants will also have the opportunity to workshop a portion of their show during this retreat.

Quarter 4

The Show Must Go On!

  • This quarter, you’ll focus on publicity and promotion with Tony-nominated producer and PR expert Robin Gorman-Newman, who will help you secure press and promotion for your show in your local community. 

  • At this point, you will already be in regular rehearsals with your director and understand the technical needs of your show, as well as any marketing needs.

  • Check in weekly with your WOWSIE coaches to move forward and prepare for the opening of your show. 

  • Towards the end of the quarter, participants will be invited to attend a weekend retreat during which they will have the opportunity to perform their show, if they choose to, and attend the shows of their peers!

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Ready for your story to shine in the spotlight? 

Space is limited — sign up today to reserve your spot! 



Liimu McGill, is a CEO, high-level consultant and sought after speaker in the women's empowerment and wealth creation space. She's created a seven-figure business, a thriving creative life, and a wonderful marriage – all while raising four young children. Her passion is to awaken and empower women to release their fears and change their language - so they can reclaim their dreams. She is known for creating unprecedented results in business, again and again.

Expert Bios



Allison Volk is a prolific and enthusiastic playwright, filmmaker and actress. Her feature film script DEANY BEAN IS DEAD (dark comedy) was produced in 2018 and premiered in Hollywood, CA at the Dances with Films Festival, directed by Austrian filmmaker Mikael Kreuzriegler. It is now available on Amazon Prime. Volk’s stage plays have been produced in New York and Los Angeles, including RITE OF SEYMOUR, a comedy which premiered at the Son of Semele ensemble as a Drive Theatre production in Los Angeles in 2014. In 2016 she was commissioned by Shakespeare Orange County to write an original piece, SONNETS, SONGS & SORRY, WILL’S BEEN DEAD 400 YEARS!, which premiered to critical acclaim in Orange County, California. 



Lisa Liang is an experienced one-woman show writer and teacher from Los Angeles who has performed her own woman show, Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey, in 14 states and four continents. Lisa has also led private sessions in L.A. and via Skype with participants all over the world for the past several years. 



Shams Nelson has a wide range of professional experience in digitals medias — from videography & editing to web & graphic design — as well as an academic background in the fine arts.


Utilizing his breadth of skills and knowledge, he creates designs that exceed the status quo while remaining practical and functional to the objective of their creation.




Robin Gorman-Newman is a Tony Award nominated producer for NATASHA PIERRE AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 and has been part of other Broadway shows including BE MORE CHILL and SYLVIA and is a Co-Producer on forthcoming high profile Broadway productions in development. She began her producing career as Associate Producer on MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD that ran at Primary Stages and regionally.

She is presently Lead Producing, with her theatrical producing partner, an upcoming musical inspired by a book Robin wrote How to Marry a Mensch.  As an author/Love Coach, Robin has been seen on CNN and The Today Show, among many others, and has led discussions at Canyon Ranch, Mohonk Mountain House, and at Off Broadway shows including I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE and DINNER WITH FRIENDS.  She has also been featured in the NY Times, USA Today, Time magazine….and beyond.


WOWSIE 2022 Payment Options

Monthly: $1,935 per month ($23,220 total)

Payment in full: $20,000 (Over $2,000 savings!)


Note that we're offering limited spaces for this iteration of WOWSIE. Your $1,000 deposit will secure your space for the year-long program.



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