New Musicals Go to College

by Carol de Giere on October 9, 2017

Michigan State University; Pace New Musicals

Some universities and colleges wisely seek out the win-win situation that working with musical writers can provide. Workshopping or producing a new musical means their performing arts students gain experience while helping writers enhance their piece. This is often helpful for musicals with a large number of characters, as the cast sizes may be larger than would be for other groups.

We Foxes at Michigan StateSUBMISSIONS AT MICHIGAN STATE

Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan is one of those places. Since 2014 they have been engaging with writers in their IMAGEN program. The submissions deadline for the 2018 season is December 15, 2017, and they seek musicals with casts of 20-30!

The program offers residency each fall. Writers receive an honorarium, housing and travel accommodations
to workshop their new musical over a two week period on the MSU Campus.

Read more at Whartoncenter.com/education-engagement/imagen

PHOTO: AEA actress Katie Thompson and the company in a scene from We Foxes by Ryan Scott Oliver.

SUBMISSIONS AT PACE NEW MUSICALS

Pace is accepting new musicals again for the PACE New Musicals Program. Their submissions deadline is November 3, 2017. They don’t specify cast size. Their shows are workshopped and performed in “book in hand” workshop in January. They seek completed works that have had at least one step of previous development (i.e. a reading).  They also emphasize the synergy, and explain on their website, “Pace New Musicals is a thrilling and mutually beneficial artistic and academic experience for both writer and student.” See Pace-new-musicals

OTHER SCHOOLS

See See our Academic Opportunities page for Penn State, and others.

OTHER IDEAS

This article is being published in conjunction with Musical Writerzine issue 39. For more submissions ideas and networking options, see this and other issues of the newsletter.

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