Ars Nova Now Accepting Applications for Uncharted 2015
Premier development hub and acclaimed new work producer Ars Nova (Jason Eagan, Artistic Director; Renee Blinkwolt, Managing Director) is now accepting applications for Uncharted, its residency program for burgeoning music/theater makers. Initially co-conceived with Ars Nova's first Composer-in-Residence Andrew Lippa, Uncharted was expanded in 2013 to include two-year residencies in a writers group designed to support the development of first drafts of new musicals. Ars Nova has developed and produced bold new musicals such as Dave Malloy's Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, Nick Jones and Raja Azar's Jollyship the Whiz Bang, and Joe Iconis' Bloodsong of Love for over ten years. Uncharted continues Ars Nova's commitment to supporting innovative musical theater writers.
The Uncharted program brings together a diverse group of writing teams for monthly meetings curated by Kent Nicholson, providing them with peer and artistic support as they work on new pieces. First year group members will also receive public concerts as a chance to debut their new material in front of a live audience. During the second year of the residency, the writers will receive weeklong workshops of their musicals, culminating in full public Out Loud readings.All emerging writers and musicians are eligible to apply. Unique and unusual approaches to the idea of musical theater are welcome and encouraged, including collaborations between writing teams who haven't worked together before and teams featuring playwrights, musicians and bands with no prior musical theater experience. Applications are also encouraged from women and writers of color. Please note that musicals that have been previously drafted and/or developed are ineligible for the Uncharted program. 2014 Uncharted artists include: César Alvarez, Charles Vincent Burwell & James D. Sasser, Andrew Butler & Andrew Farmer, EllaRose Chary & Brandon James Gwinn, Cory Finley & Jeremy Lloyd, Anna K. Jacobs & Michael R. Jackson, Landon Marcus & Chas LiBretto and Julia Meinwald & Gordon Leary. Patrons may visit www.arsnovanyc.com for the online application and more information. Applications require one work sample and resume for each team member and an artistic statement describing the proposed musical you intend to work on during your time in the group. Applications for Uncharted 2015 will be accepted online beginning August 18 and must be submitted by September 28 to be eligible for consideration. If selected, new members will be invited to join for a period of two years beginning in January of 2015. Ars Nova is committed to developing and producing theater, comedy and music artists in the early stages of their professional careers. Its unique development programs are designed to support outside-the-box thinking and encourage innovative, genre-bending work. By providing a safe environment where risk-taking and collaboration are paramount, Ars Nova gives voice to a new generation of artists and audiences, pushing the boundaries of live entertainment by nurturing creative ideas into smart, surprising new work. Past productions include: Charlatan by Vinny DePonto and Josh Koenigsberg; Eager to Lose, created by Matthew-Lee Erlbach, Wes Grantom, Portia Krieger and Tansy; Core Values by Steven Levenson; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 by Dave Malloy (Off-Broadway transfer production at Kazino); The Lapsburgh Layover by The Berserker Residents; Be a Good Little Widow by Bekah Brunstetter; Now Circa Then by Carly Mensch; Bloodsong of Love by Joe Iconis; Jollyship the Whiz-Bang by Nick Jones and Raja Azar; boom by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb; From Up Here by Liz Flahive; Dixie's Tupperware Party by Kris Andersson; At Least It's Pink by Bridget Everett and Kenny Mellman; and Freestyle Love Supreme by Anthony Veneziale and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Ars Nova511 West 54th StreetNew York, NY 10019(212) 489-9800 www.arsnovanyc.com