Drama and Music Schools Launch Joint Program

The Schools of Drama and Music have joined forces to launch the Yale Institute for Music Theatre, a program designed to help nurture gifted young musical theater writers.

The artistic director of the program will be Mark Brokaw, whose directing credits include the new Broadway musical “Cry-baby,” and the producer will be Beth Morrison, who founded a project that is working to invigorate the traditions of opera and music theater.

The institute will host a two-week workshop in New Haven June 7-21. Three distinctive and original musical works will be chosen for development. The writers and composers will be matched with collaborators such as directors, music directors and actors/singers who can help them further develop their work. The focus of the workshop will be on the creative process of the artistic team, rather than on the ­production.

“The Yale Institute for Music Theatre supports their creative process by providing the writers with this developmental opportunity to hear and see their work interpreted in a professional environment, including their peers in training here at the University,” School of Music Dean Robert Blocker and School of Drama Dean James Bundy said in a joint statement.

The institute will accept submissions of book musicals and other imaginative theater projects at various stages of development, but it will focus on work that is ready to be explored musically and dramatically with performers and directors. To be eligible, the composers, playwrights, lyricists or librettists must be current graduate students; have graduated from an accredited degree-granting institution (undergraduate or graduate) within the past five years; or be current Yale students. Applicants can only submit one work for consideration. Writers and composers may apply as individuals or as part of a team.

Participants must be available for the full duration of the institute. Each member of the selected writing teams will receive an honorarium in the amount of $1,000, as well as round-trip transportation to New Haven, and accommodation for the duration of the workshop.

All applications must be received (not just postmarked) by Jan. 23. For further information, visit http://drama.yale.edu/musictheatreinstitute, send e-mail to instituteformusictheatre@yale.edu or call (203) 432-1506.

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