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musical theatre writers' RESOURCE CENTER

producers, agents, theatres, contests, ideas, workshops, feedback, definitions, links and advice


Here’s a vast source of producers, agents, theatres, contests, ideas, workshops, feedback, links and advice.  A lot of it is FREE.  Subscribers get additional perks, like the ability to SORT for contests or theatres which exactly match you or your musical. Or NMI staff’s insider suggestions about hundreds of ideas and stories from years of research in public domain libraries. Or the chance to connect with potential musical theatre collaborators around the country. On this page, we’re displaying just a few samples of the resources you can access. If you want to see complete listings, just click the links.


How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog#11 – WHY THIS STORY?

The eleventh post in the video blog from NMI Artistic Director Elise Dewsberry - How to Get NO Feedback from Elise … This video makes you ask yourself WHY you are writing THIS story right NOW. To see more from this series, subscribe to the vlog at

July 11, 2018     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog#10 – BIOGRAPHIES

June 8, 2018     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog#9 – SECRETS IN MUSICALS

May 4, 2018     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog #8- SHOW DON’T TELL

April 6, 2018     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog #7- OUTLINE RULES

March 14, 2018     How to Get NO Feedback from Elise: Vlog #6- STRUCTURE PART 2

*** Visit the INSIDER TIPS page to see the full listing of insider tips and advice videos. ***


FREE LISTING of hundreds of contests for plays and musicals.

Premium Subscribers: get the additional ability to search by keywords. Who’s running contests for ten-minute musicals or one-acts? Who’s looking just for musicals? Dramas? Comedies? Or search by special interest, or geography.

Here are some random samples from some upcoming contests/submissions listings:

      • Cincinnati (Cincy) Fringe Festival (August 27)
      • National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Public Programs/Humanities Projects in Media (August 29)
      • The Ten Minute Musicals Project (August 30)
      • Sky Cooper New American Play Prize (August 31)
      • Massachusetts Cultural Council (September 1)



FREE ACCESS to a library of 400+ downloadable royalty-free stories, plays, plots and other inspiring stuff we’ve found in the public domain for you. There’s a brief excerpt of every item in the library, so you can take a quick glance to see if you want to read the whole thing or not. In addition, the NMI staff has made annotations and recommendations for many of the titles in the library about their potential to become musicals. Save hundreds of hours of research and reading!

Premium Subscribers: get the ability to search the library for genre (Comedy, drama, suspense, ghost story, fairy story, etc.).

Here are some random samples from our listings of story ideas in the public domain:

      • The Gay Old Dog (by Edna Ferber)
      • El Capitan (by Charles Klein)
      • What the Rose did to the Cypress (by Andrew Lang)
      • Mignon (by Jules Barbier)
      • Miss Dulane and My Lord (by Wilkie Collins)



Here are the newest additions to our Writer Bank:

  • Sidney James - Bookwriter, Lyricist, Composer   
  • Will A Morrison - Bookwriter, Lyricist, Composer    SEEKING COLLABORATORS/PROJECTS
  • Nikki Crawford - Bookwriter    SEEKING COLLABORATORS/PROJECTS
  • Danny Abosch - Lyricist, Composer    SEEKING COLLABORATORS/PROJECTS
  • Russell Chan - Bookwriter, Lyricist    SEEKING COLLABORATORS/PROJECTS


You may peruse the Writer Bank for potential collaborators.

If you are a logged-in registered (free) user, you are also welcome to enter your own information into the Writer Bank.

Not yet registered? Just look for the registration form at the bottom of this page.


Premium Subscribers receive a monthly email that lists upcoming contest deadlines; the newest members of the Writer Bank, some sample public domain ideas; as well as some fun musical theatre trivia like random lyric quotes, pictures from the archives, and listings of things that happened in the musical theatre world during this same month in the past. We know that it's not always easy to remember to come back to the Resource Center to remind yourself of what contest deadlines are coming up soon - so this newsletter will come to YOU.

FREE ACCESS right now; just register with us and pay no fees. But for $50 a year, Premium Subscribers get all the extra stuff listed on this page.  Here’s a summary of the additional perks for Premium Subscribers:

 Free v. Subscription?


Free Subscribers
Insider Tips
Contests Custom search
Producers/Theatres Custom search
Idea library Custom search; recommended titles
Writer Bank
Glossary of Terms
Monthly Newsletter
Format guide $15 FREE
Creative Services $50-$400 off
Advice $50 off
Online courses $50 off

Want to SEE a musical? Live — or on the internet?

Are you looking to see listings of useful musical theatre related links? Visit The Front Row, a page we’ve loaded chock-full of FREE links, info, and videos.


What’s inside the Resource Center?

Inside the musical theatre writer’s RESOURCE CENTER you’ll find links to:

  • hundreds of musical theatre contests
  • over 700 theatres and producers where you can submit your work
  • an idea library of hundreds of royalty-free public domain stories and plots
  • a Writer Bank of potential musical theatre collaborators

You can see the full listings for FREE!  You just need to register.   We also offer a paid Premium version of the Resource Center which gives you the ability to SEARCH all the listings for contests, theatres, and ideas which are relevant to you and your work; and includes a monthly e-newsletter with up-to-date listings that come straight to you.    Take a look at some random highlights from the feature boxes of the Resource Center below.





FREE LISTINGS of nearly 700 producers and theatres for potential submission of your work.

Premium Subscribers: get the additional ability to search by keyword or genre to identify who’s most likely to be interested in YOUR musical. (Large/small; comedy/drama; full-length/one-act; special interest like “women” or “LGBT” or youth theatre, etc.)

Here are some random samples from our listings of theatres and producers:

      • Pier One Theatre (Accepts Musicals / Plays / )
      • Actors Theatre of Louisville (Accepts Musicals / Plays / )
      • Merry-Go-Round Playhouse (Accepts Musicals / Young Audience material / )
      • Derby Dinner Playhouse (Accepts Musicals / Plays / )
      • Theatre Ariel (Accepts Musicals / Young Audience material / )



Here are some samples from our Glossary of definitions of musical theatre terms. We will be adding to this over time - as well as adding actual sample scores and sound recordings. Check back often!

      • Metonymy:

        Substitution of some attributive or suggestive word for what is actually meant. Metonymy differs from synecdoche in that synecdoche references an actual piece of the original; metonymy is about an attribute or something related to but not part of the original. Such as:

        crown for royalty
        mitre for bishop
        wealth for rich people
        brass for military officers
        bottle for wine
        pen for writer

      • Metaphor:

        Metaphor is an implied comparison identifying the two things compared with each other. Note: A metaphor is a different grammatical construct from the simile. The simile deliberately and obviously says to the listener, “I am comparing X to Y, and telling you that they are alike” (“crazy like a fox”; “Life is a cabaret”). However, a metaphor is not a simile with the “like” or “as” missing. A metaphor uses imagery or language from one idea and inserts it into the other idea…from which the listener must infer the comparison.

        Simile: My father is as steady as a ship.

        Metaphor: My father navigates this family through the tempests of our lives.

      • Stranger exposition:

        Information exchanged between characters who know little or nothing about one another.  See Neighbor exposition (above).  Because strangers don’t know much about each other, they’re useful to the bookwriter to deliver information which neighbors/friends wouldn’t exchange.  It makes perfect sense for a stranger to mention that he has a sister, Stella, who is the youngest daughter in his family; or to explain a custom or bit of history to someone who is unfamiliar with it.

      • Exposition:

        Exposition is the information the audience needs to know in order to understand who the characters are in relationship to one another, and information they need to know in order to understand what has happened to them before your story begins.  See Neighbor Exposition as well as Stranger Exposition (below).

      • Spondee:

        A two-syllable unit comprised of two stressed accents, such as: Flim flam, cut-throat, no-good, riff-raff

      *** Click to access the full glossary. ***

advice, and online classes

The Resource Center is a very powerful clearinghouse of information and source material. But what it does NOT include are workshops, feedback, advice on how to get produced, or classes, all of which have some fees involved.

However, premium subscribers to the Resource Center get discounts on our services, ranging from $50-$400.  Here are some links to pages describing how New Musicals Inc. supports writers and composers of new musical theatre:

New Musicals Inc. Creative Services — Script Analysis, workshops, table readings, concerts.  You’ll also find here some options about developing your musical.  (Hint:  look at “The Sandbox” — and create your own pathway according to your budget and timetable.)

PREMIUM Subscribers get up to $400 off.

Consulting/Advice — We’re known for our supportive, practical consultations on producing, raising money, putting together budgets, as well as artistic issues like music notation, script doctoring, etc.

PREMIUM Subscribers get $50 off. — Online classes in the craft of writing musical theatre.  Labs on outlining, bookwriting, lyrics, composition, etc.

PREMIUM Subscribers get a $50 discount off any course.

Format Guidelines — Want your script and score to look as professional as possible when making submissions?


Random quote from our Lyric Library:

Dreams broken in two
Can be made like new
On the street of dreams.

--Sam M. Lewis and Joe Young

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