The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) Announces 2013 NEXT LINK PROJECT Selections
The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) today announced the selections for the 2013 Next Link Project, NYMF's primary writer service program. The Next Link Project empowers emerging musical theatre writing teams as both artists and entrepreneurs by providing the training and relationships needed to help them move their musicals from readings to fully-realized productions and to advance their careers by maximizing the exposure they receive in the Festival. Ten of the Festival's full production slots are reserved for participants in The Next Link Project.
Participants attend a special weekend-long symposium featuring seminars on fundraising, marketing, industry outreach, and self-producing, led by industry professionals. The writing teams are introduced to potential collaborators, supporters and producers, and receive dramaturgical support from professional literary managers and dramaturgs. Finally, each Next Link show receives financial support in the form of a $5,000 subsidy toward its production in the Festival.
Any work that has not been produced professionally in New York City may be submitted by authors (with or without industry representation), but scripts should be ready for developmental production and the widespread exposure NYMF provides. All entries undergo double-blind evaluations by several members of NYMF's reading team, with finalists referred to a grand jury of celebrated industry professionals.
This year's grand jury included choreographer Josh Bergasse (2012 Emmy winner for NBC's "Smash"), OBIE Award winning composer-lyricist Jeff Bowen ([title of show]), two-time Tony winning actor Michael Cerveris (Tommy, Assassins, Evita), two-time Tony winning playwright Marsha Norman (The Secret Garden, The Color Purple), producer Joey Parnes (Tony winner for HAIR, former Public Theatre Executive Producer), Tony winning actress Tonya Pinkins (Caroline, Or Change, Jelly's Last Jam), director Scott Schwartz (Rooms, Golda's Balcony, Bat Boy), Grammy winning and Tony nominated composer Lucy Simon (The Secret Garden, "In Harmony"), Tony nominated actor Tony Sheldon (Priscilla Queen of the Desert).