new voices project
The New Voices Project is supported in part by Walt Disney Imagineering
Mission: To nurture new musical theatre writers under the age of 26 by offering them private and public workshops of their writing.
NEW VOICES PROJECT
If you’re under the age of 26, and you’re writing for musical theatre, Walt Disney Imagineering and New Musicals Inc. would love to hear from you.
New Musicals Inc. in Los Angeles is sponsoring its fifth annual New Voices Project, in which young playwrights, composers and lyricists receive workshops and concerts of their work, with feedback sessions from executives from Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment and New Musicals Inc.
Selected finalists will have their work presented at NMI’s annual got musical concert in Los Angeles in the early spring. Following the concert, finalists will receive critical feedback from industry professionals and be given the opportunity to revise their work. The revised pieces will be presented as part of NMI’s STAGES Festival of New Musicals in the summer of 2017.
Writers are encouraged to submit up to three selections, either from a single work, or separate works, for a total of 20 minutes of material. The staff of New Musicals Inc. will select up to six teams of writers for presentation and critique.
The finalists work will be presented in concert at the Colony Theatre in Burbank, as part of NMI’s annual showcase, “got musical,” which features highlights of musicals in development at NMI; will receive feedback from the NMI staff and representatives from Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment; and the writers will then be given an opportunity to rewrite and resubmit in time to be presented as part of the STAGES Festival of New Musicals in the summer of 2017.
“We’re looking for writers in whom we see potential,” says NMI’s Executive Director Scott Guy. “We’re not pigeon-holing that potential: that is, we’re not looking for ‘Broadway musical’ writers per se, or ‘ground-breaking’ or ‘commercial’ or ‘avant-garde’. We’re looking for writers who are exploring their voices through the blend of music and voice. The stronger your voice and vision are, the more likely we’re going to respond to your work.”
Previous New Voices Project were: Rebekah Allen, Ben Boecker, Benedict Braxton-Smith, Claire McKenzie and Scott Gilmour, Blake Dylan Pilger, Alex Ratner and Laurel Durning-Hammond, Marina Toft and Benji Goldsmith, Zach Spound, Jacob Combs & Madeline Myers, Bill Nelson and Joseph Trefler, Michael Finke, Mark Sonnenblick, Andre Catrini, Sam Chanse and Bob Kelly, Ben Boecker, Amar Benkhoukha, Ion Constantine, Nick Jester, Christopher Byron Pratt, and Noah Reece.
“We have been continually impressed with the level of talent of the young writers who have submitted to the New Voices Project in the past,” says Artistic Director Elise Dewsberry. “As only one example, Ben Boecker was originally a Merit Finalist in 2015; then went on to be a finalist in 2016; and recently submitted to and won first prize in our annual Search for New Musicals. This means that Ben’s musical Spellbound will be presented in its entirety as part of the STAGES Festival this summer.”
Open for Submissions: January 1, 2017
Deadline for Submissions: February 15, 2017
Winners Announced: March 1, 2017
There is no application fee. NMI is hopeful that funds will be available to fly the winning participants to Los Angeles for the got musical presentation in April, but such funding is not yet secured.
The submission deadline is February 15, 2017.
ABOVE: Music director Bryan Blaskie rehearses for the 2013 New Voices Project with performer Daniel Stewart, as writer Noah Reece video-conferences. BELOW: MD Bryan Blaskie works with singers Daniel Stewart and Jordan Kai Burnett.
2016 NEW VOICES PROJECT
The 2016 New Voices Project winners were: Rebekah Allen, Ben Boecker, Benedict Braxton-Smith, Claire McKenzie and Scott Gilmour, Blake Dylan Pilger, Alex Ratner and Laurel Durning-Hammond, Marina Toft and Benji Goldsmith, and Zach Spound.
Excerpts from their work were presented as part of the annual GOT MUSICAL concert at the Colony Theatre in Burbank on May 15, 2016 and at the 3D Theatricals Rehearsal Hall in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Prior to those presentations, the writers’ work received in-house critiques at NMI with input from Walt Disney magineering Creative Entertainment.
2015 NEW VOICES PROJECT
The 2015 New Voices Project winners were: Jacob Combs & Madeline Myers, Bill Nelson and Joseph Trefler, and Michael Finke. The Merit Award Recipients were: Mark Sonnenblick, Andre Catrini, Sam Chanse and Bob Kelly, and Ben Boecker.
Excerpts from their work were presented as part of the annual GOT MUSICAL concert at the Colony Theatre in Burbank on June 4, 2015; critiqued by NMI staff and members of the staff of Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment; and presented in concert as part of the STAGES Musical Theatre Festival in August, 2015.
2014 NEW VOICES PROJECT
The 2014 New Voices Project winners were Danny K. Bernstein, Santino De Angelo, and Zach Zadek.
Excerpts from their work were workshopped at New Musicals Inc. in April of 2014. After receiving feedback from WDI Creative Entertainment’s Michelle Baron and the NMI staff, the writers were given time to revise their work.
The revised pieces were presented as part of NMI’s annual got musical concert at the Colony Theatre (Burbank) on May 6, 2014.
2013 NEW VOICES PROJECT
The New Voices Project began as part of the 2013 STAGES New Musical Theatre Festival.
The 2013 finalists were Chris Byron Pratt, Nick Jester, Amar Biamonte, Ion Constantine, and Noah Reece.
These writers had their work presented as part of the STAGES Festival, and received feedback from a panel including WDI Creative Entertainment’s Vice President of Theatrical Development, Michael Jung, as well as NMI Staff Elise Dewsberry, Scott Guy, and Ross Kalling.