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Yale Institute for Music Theater announces 2011 dates, guidelines

November 9, 2010
Two-week workshops to take place June 6-20, 2011
Applications accepted now through Jan. 10, 2011

The Yale Institute for Music Theater (Mark Brokaw, Artistic Director; Beth Morrison, Producer) will select three original music theatre works to receive two-week workshops in New Haven June 6-20, 2011. Submissions will be accepted November 1, 2010 through January 10, 2011.

Established by Yale School of Drama (James Bundy, Dean) and Yale School of Music (Robert Blocker, Dean), the Yale Institute for Music Theater seeks to identify distinctive and original book musical, opera, and experimental/non-traditional 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 Theater 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. In 2010, The Daughters, with music and libretto by Shaina Taub; and Stuck Elevator, with music by Byron Au Yong and libretto by Aaron Jafferis, were workshopped.

ELIGIBILITY

The Yale Institute for Music Theater 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.

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION

Submissions will be accepted November 1, 2010 through January 10, 2011. 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 HERE.

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

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