Wednesday, August 4, 2010

For people who want to play. And are not scared of deadlines.


8Minute Musicals is launching a new workshop and performance opportunity for musical theatre artists, and invites submissions from writers, composers, directors, musical directors, performers, management, and support staff.

We will be developing and producing eight new musical theatre shorts from September 24th – October 5th at the 2010 New York Musical Theatre Festival. We are interested in working with artists who can bring a fresh approach to what this genre can be. If you’re an experienced musical theatre writer, or even if you are a playwright or poet or pop songwriter or whatever who has never written a musical, but think it could be fun to try, we want to hear from you—this could be a great chance to test the waters. We seek artists with a high level of craft as writers or composers who are interested in collaboration and willing to dive into the creative process with a sense of abandon. That means we are looking for people who want to play. And are not scared of deadlines.

On October 4th & 5th, at the 2010 New York Musical Theatre Festival, we will present 8 new short musicals created through a ten-day collaborative workshop process. Here's how it works:

- 8 composers and 8 writers are paired on a Friday evening
- They are given guidelines to create a short musical theatre piece
- Their first drafts are sight-read by 10 performers that Sunday
- The writer/composer teams have 3 days for rewrites
- The performers have 4 days for rehearsal with 2 directors and 2 music
- Only 10 days after the first meeting, we present the new pieces to
the public

Our goal is to support and nurture the next generation of musical theatre writers and composers by providing them with the opportunity to meet new collaborators, explore new ways of working, and see their work performed off-book and fully staged in front of an audience. Inspired by the Jonathan Larson Award-winning Raw Impressions Music Theatre, which premiered over 150 new short musicals from 2001 to 2006, 8Minute Musicals is a program of Artists WithOut Limits (AWOL) Theatre Project.

If you are interested in participating, please see the submission guidelines.

Composers, Writers, Directors, Music Directors, Management and Support Staff, please email applications to

Performers, please email pix/resumes to

Submissions are due by August 20, 2010. You can also find more info at

We hope to hear from you!

8Minute Musicals Producers:
Jane Abramson
Masi Asare
Kristen Gongora
Laura Penney Shamir
Amy & David Southerland