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2021 Dottie Burman and John Wallowitch Awards Now Accepting Submissions Photo 2021 Dottie Burman and John Wallowitch Awards Now Accepting Submissions
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 14, 2021

MAC is inviting all songwriters to submit their original songs for consideration for one of MAC's two songwriting awards: the Dottie Burman Award and the John Wallowitch Award. Submitters do not need to be MAC members. There is no submission fee. MAC encourages all songwriters to submit their work for consideration.

14 Playwrights Set For Ojai Playwrights Conference 2021 Season Photo 14 Playwrights Set For Ojai Playwrights Conference 2021 Season
by Stephi Wild - Jul 8, 2021

Each play will be streamed twice. Full festival passes including both weekends, and separate passes for each weekend are available. Limited individual play tickets will be available at a later date.  Learn more about how to purchase tickets here!

La Jolla Playhouse Announces Special Engagement Of HASAN MINHAJ - EXPERIMENT TIME Photo La Jolla Playhouse Announces Special Engagement Of HASAN MINHAJ - EXPERIMENT TIME
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 2, 2021

La Jolla Playhouse has announced a special engagement of Hasan Minhaj ‚Äď Experiment Time, written and performed by Hasan Minhaj.

La Jolla Playhouse Announces Return to Live Theatre With World Premieres by Charlayne Photo La Jolla Playhouse Announces Return to Live Theatre With World Premieres by Charlayne Woodard and More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 28, 2021

La Jolla Playhouse has announced its return to live, in-person theatre with several exciting upcoming projects. This summer, the Playhouse will offer two on-site events: the Without Walls (WOW) production of A Thousand Ways (Part 2): An Encounter, by 600 Highwaymen, and the 2021 DNA New Works Series.

LCT Spotlight Series Presents A  CELEBRATION OF STUDENT SONGS Photo LCT Spotlight Series Presents A CELEBRATION OF STUDENT SONGS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 18, 2021

This month the LCT Spotlight Series will turn its focus to Open Stages, Lincoln Center Theater’s education program and the virtual reimagining of its highly popular annual presentation, A CELEBRATION OF STUDENT SONGS. 

Applications for 17th Annual Fred Ebb Award Now Available Photo Applications for 17th Annual Fred Ebb Award Now Available
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 26, 2021

The Fred Ebb Foundation in association with the Roundabout Theatre Company announced today that applications for the seventeenth annual Fred Ebb Award for aspiring musical theatre songwriters are now available. Applications will be accepted from June 1 - June 30, 2021. The winner will be selected in November of 2021.

Applications Open for Rhinebeck Writers Retreat's 10th Anniversary Summer Residencies Photo Applications Open for Rhinebeck Writers Retreat's 10th Anniversary Summer Residencies
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 21, 2021

Kathy Evans, Founding Executive Director of Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, announced that applications are open for the 10th anniversary of hosting retreats for musical theatre writers. There will be nine consecutive weeklong residencies in the Hudson Valley between June 27 and August 29 for nine musical theatre writing teams.

16th Annual Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project Seeks Submissions Photo 16th Annual Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project Seeks Submissions
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 16, 2020

The Johnny Mercer Foundation (JMF) and the American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) at Northwestern University are seeking the nation's most talented young songwriters and writing teams for the 16th annual Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project. The free weeklong songwriting workshop will take place virtually from June 20-26, 2021.

Photo Flash: Go Inside the 16th Annual Fred Ebb Awards Virtual Ceremony Photo Photo Flash: Go Inside the 16th Annual Fred Ebb Awards Virtual Ceremony
by Nicole Rosky - Dec 2, 2020

On Monday night, The Fred Ebb Foundation in association with the Roundabout Theatre Company presented the sixteenth annual Fred Ebb Award for aspiring musical theatre songwriters to the team of Ben Bonnema & Christopher Staskel, and Michael R. Jackson. 

Michael R. Jackson, Ben Bonnema & Christopher Staskel Announced as Winners of 16th An Photo Michael R. Jackson, Ben Bonnema & Christopher Staskel Announced as Winners of 16th Annual Fred Ebb Award
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 9, 2020

The Fred Ebb Foundation in association with the Roundabout Theatre Company  will present the sixteenth annual Fred Ebb Award for aspiring musical theatre songwriters to the team of Ben Bonnema & Christopher Staskel, and Michael R. Jackson. The award will be presented by Audra McDonald on Monday November 30th at 7pm.

Colt Coeur Announces 2020-2021 Resident Playwrights and Directors Photo Colt Coeur Announces 2020-2021 Resident Playwrights and Directors
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 12, 2020

Colt Coeur is welcoming 3 additional artists (playwrights Bleu Beckford Burrell, Adrienne Dawes, and Noelle Vi√Īas) to its Residency Program, with 4 of last year's Residents (directors Tara Elliott, J. Mehr Kaur, and Portia Krieger, and playwright Emma Goidel) opting to extend their Residency through 2021 (due to the unique impact of the Covid-19 pandemic).

Audible Announces Third Emerging Playwrights Fund Class Photo Audible Announces Third Emerging Playwrights Fund Class
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 24, 2020

Audible has announced  its latest Emerging Playwrights Fund class.

Submissions Are Now Being Accepted for the Dottie Berman Award and the John Wallowitc Photo Submissions Are Now Being Accepted for the Dottie Berman Award and the John Wallowitch Award
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 6, 2020

The Manhattan Association of Cabarets (MAC) is inviting all songwriters to submit their original songs for consideration for one of MAC's two songwriting awards: the Dottie Berman Award and the John Wallowitch Award. Submitters do not need to be MAC members.

New York Theatre Barn to Live Stream Excerpts From New Musicals SAM'S ROOM and SMALL  Photo New York Theatre Barn to Live Stream Excerpts From New Musicals SAM'S ROOM and SMALL TOWN STORY
by Stephi Wild - Apr 24, 2020

New York Theatre Barn will host a free live stream of its New Works Series on Wednesday, April 29th, 2020 at 7PM EDT, featuring excerpts from the new musicals Sam's Room and Small Town Story. The 30-minute presentation will also feature the creators of the two new musicals, and an opening performance from Chad Burris (Mean Girls, Frozen).

Bret Adams and Paul Reisch Foundation Announces Recipients of Virus Response Grants f Photo Bret Adams and Paul Reisch Foundation Announces Recipients of Virus Response Grants for Theater Writers
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 17, 2020

The Bret Adams and Paul Reisch Foundation has announced the recipients of their special COVID-19 response grants for playwrights, composers, lyricists and librettists who have had a full professional production cancelled, closed, or indefinitely postponed due to the COVID-19 closures.

New Marionette Show WAKE UP, DAISY! Debuts At The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre Photo New Marionette Show WAKE UP, DAISY! Debuts At The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 13, 2020

Wake Up, Daisy! - an original story and marionette production produced by City Parks Foundation - will be making its debut at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park. This original take on Sleeping Beauty is set on New York City's Upper West Side and is perfect for today's modern age, teaching the lessons of friendship, courage and female empowerment. Ideal for families with young children, this show kicks off the new spring season with puppetry and original music beginning March 24 and running through September 20, 2020. The production is recommended for families with children ages 3 - 8. 

BHANGIN' IT Added to Goodspeed Musicals New WORKLIGHT SERIES Lineup Photo BHANGIN' IT Added to Goodspeed Musicals New WORKLIGHT SERIES Lineup
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 6, 2020

Goodspeed announced that Bhangin' It will round out the trio of titles planned for 'The Worklight Series' 2020 season. Bhangin' It is a bold and upbeat musical by recent Kleban Prize winners Mike Lew, Rehana Lew Mirza (2020) and Sam Willmott (2015). This new musical is set in the high stakes world of intercollegiate competitive Bhangra: a traditional Punjabi folk dance morphed into a good ol' American dance-off. When Mary, a biracial student, is booted off her team for not being 'Indian enough,' she and her roommate assemble their own new team. But can Mary whip this ragtag group into shape for Nationals? Brash and joyous, Bhangin' It celebrates the traditions we inherit from yesterday and those we create for tomorrow.

McCarter Theatre Center Announces 2020-2021 Theater Series Photo McCarter Theatre Center Announces 2020-2021 Theater Series
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 26, 2020

La Jolla Playhouse to Premiere TO THE YELLOW HOUSE by Kimber Lee and GUILTY PLEASURE  Photo La Jolla Playhouse to Premiere TO THE YELLOW HOUSE by Kimber Lee and GUILTY PLEASURE by Paul Rudnick in 2020/21 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 16, 2020

La Jolla Playhouse has announced the final two productions for its 2020/2021 season: the world premieres of to the yellow house, by Kimber Lee (tokyo fish story), directed by former Playhouse Associate Artistic Director Neel Keller (School for Wives, Light Up the Sky), running July 14 - August 9; and Guilty Pleasure, by Paul Rudnick (Jeffrey; screenplays for Sister Act, In & Out), directed by Christopher Ashley (Come From Away, Diana), the Rich Family Artistic Director of La Jolla Playhouse. Produced in association with Diversionary Theatre, Guilty Pleasure will run November 8 - December 6.

Applications Are Open for Rhinebeck Writers Retreat's NEA and NYSCA Funded Residencie Photo Applications Are Open for Rhinebeck Writers Retreat's NEA and NYSCA Funded Residencies
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 15, 2020

Kathy Evans, Founding Executive Director of Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, announced applications are open to musical theatre writers for nine consecutive weeklong residencies in the Hudson Valley between June 28 and August 30.

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