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Yale Institute For Music Announces Dates and Submission Guidelines For Two Week Workshops 6/13-27


The YALE INSTITUTE FOR MUSIC THEATRE (Mark Brokaw, Artistic Director; Beth Morrison, Producer) will select three original music theatre works to receive two-week workshops in New Haven June 13-27, 2010. Submissions will be accepted November 1, 2009 through January 11, 2010.

Established by Yale School of Drama (James Bundy, Dean) and Yale School of Music (Robert Blocker, Dean), the YALE INSTITUTE FOR MUSIC THEATRE seeks to identify distinctive and original music theatre works by emerging composers and writers, and match them with collaborators such as directors, music directors, and actors/singers who can help them further develop their work. By limiting production resources and values, the workshop will keep the focus on the creative process of the artistic team.

The selections for the inaugural YALE INSTITUTE FOR MUSIC THEATRE in June 2009 were the book musicals sam i was with book, music, and lyrics by Sam Wessels, and POP! with book and lyrics by Maggie-Kate Coleman and music by Anna K. Jacobs; and the opera Invisible Cities with score and libretto by Christopher Cerrone.


The YALE INSTITUTE FOR MUSIC THEATRE will accept applications for projects at various stages of development, but focuses on work that is ready to be explored musically and dramatically with performers and directors.

Book musicals, operas, and other imaginative music Theatre Projects written by composers, playwrights, lyricists, or librettists who are current graduate students; or by those who have graduated from an accredited degree-granting institution (undergraduate or graduate) within the past five years; or by current Yale students (undergraduate or graduate), are eligible.

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.


Submissions will be accepted November 1, 2009 through January 11, 2010. Note: this is not a postmark date.

All submissions must include the following:

- Three copies of a script with lyrics or a full libretto (no DVDs, videotapes, or photographs);

- Three copies of a synopsis of no more than one page, with a list of characters and instrumentation;

- Three copies of a CD (no audio tapes) of at least 20 minutes of music, including a minimum of five songs in chronological order, accompanied by the sheet music for those songs. Piano and vocals are sufficient, and a composer's demo is acceptable though not preferred. Studio demos are not necessary. No midi recordings will be accepted. Songs must be in sequence on the CD and clearly noted in the script;

- Three copies of a one-page biography or resume for each creative artist;

- Three copies of the history of the work's development and a brief description of what the creative team hopes to achieve at the Institute;

- Completed application form signed by all collaborators (composer, book writer, lyricist,

librettist). If the proposed project is an adaptation of an existing work that is not in the public domain, proof of fully secured rights must accompany the submission.

Application forms are available to download online at

Submissions should be addressed to:

Yale Institute for Music Theatre

c/o Yale School of Drama

Box 208244

New Haven, CT 06520-8244

For more information about the Yale Institute for Music Theatre or questions about the application process, please email or call (203) 432-5348.

All applicants will be notified of selection by March 1, 2010.


Mark Brokaw (ARTISTIC DIRECTOR) Recent Broadway credits include After Miss Julie and the new musical Cry-Baby. New York premieres include works by Paula Vogel (her Pulitzer Prize-winning How I Learned to Drive), Kenneth Lonergan, Craig Lucas, Eric Bogosian, Douglas Carter Beane, Wendy Wasserstein, Lisa Kron, and Lynda Barry. His regional credits include the Sondheim Celebration at the Kennedy Center, the Guthrie, Center Theatre Group, Steppenwolf, Seattle Rep, Long Wharf, Hartford Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Huntington, Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep, Sundance Institute, O'Neill Conference, and New York Stage & Film. His work has also been seen at London's Donmar Warehouse and Dublin's Gate Theatre. He is the recipient of the Alan Schneider Award presented by TCG, a PEW ResidenCy Grant, a Fosse Fellowship, the OBIE and Drama Desk, and the Drama League Fellowship. Mark is an associate artist of the Roundabout Theatre in New York, and a Yale School of Drama graduate.

Beth MorrisION (PRODUCER) founded Beth Morrison Projects in 2006 to identify and support the work of emerging and established composers and their multimedia collaborators and to encourage risk-taking within a structure for developing new work that is unique to the artist. BMP's work has been seen throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia at venues including Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy Of Music, The Kitchen, PS 122, Estates National Theater of Prague, Seoul Performing Arts Festival, New York Public Library Live!, The Dia: Beacon Museum, New York Musical Theater Festival, Le Poisson Rouge, Music on McDougal, and The Walker Art Center. BMP has garnered support from the Department of Cultural Affairs, Puffin Foundation, the Goldman Foundation, the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust, the Barbara Bell Cumming Foundation, and The Trust for Mutual Understanding. Beth Morrison is also the Producer for New York City Opera's VOX Festival of New Opera Works and on the Voice Faculty of Pace University.


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