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The John Lennon® Real Love Project is a songwriting and music workshop for children who have lost a parent to cancer, adult cancer survivors and their family members. 

A program of Theatre Within, the grassroots non-profit behind the Annual John Lennon Tribute, the workshop launched in 2014 at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx and found a home the following year at Gilda's Club, NYC.

Using John Lennon songs as inspiration, workshop partcipants learn to play guitar, compose their own songs, and sing their truth. The workshop is provided at no cost and is made possible by contributions from Theatre Within supporters. 

In 2017, Theatre Within is providing ongoing workshops for 5-12 year-olds and adults. The workshop leaders, Pete and Maura Kennedy, Stephanie Carlin and Scott Bierko, are accomplished musicians and teachers. 


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Stephanie Carlin and Mel Johnston
Workshop Leaders, 2016

Workshops members at Gilda’s Club
NYC, 2015

Pete & Maura Kennedy
Workshop Leaders, 2017


The John Lennon Real Love Project was conceived by Theatre Within President/Executive Director Joe Raiola. The original curriculum for the children’s workshop was designed by Stephanie Carlin. 

Instruments for the The John Lennon Real Love Project have been generously donated by the Guitar Center and by Joan Zachary, former Training Manager at Martin Guitar.