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Theatre Within's 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. 

With the warm support of Yoko Ono, 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 or ukulele, 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 will provide ongoing workshops for bereaved youth and adults in treatment. The workshops are led, respectively, by veteran music teacher Scott Bierko, and singer-songwriters Pete and Maura Kennedy. 

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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 musician 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.