YIMT: Call for Singing Actors

The Yale Institute for Music Theatre seeks singing actors with pop, rock, and contemporary musical theatre voices for the 2012 Institute. Auditions are scheduled for Sunday, April 22.  Singers are requested to prepare 36 bars of an up-tempo song and one monologue (contemporary or classical) no longer than 1.5 minutes.

This summer’s two-week Institute will run June 4-17.  Students will be paid through work study.

Auditions are by appointment only. Please send appointment requests to yimt [at] yale.edu by April 16.  For more information, visit drama.yale.edu/YIMT or call (203) 432-8117.

Established in 2009, the Yale Institute for Music Theatre is a program of the Yale School of Drama (James Bundy, Dean) that endeavors to bridge the gap between training and the professional world for emerging composers, playwrights, lyricists, and librettists. During a two-week summer residency in New Haven, the Institute matches the authors of the selected works with collaborators, including professional directors and music directors, as well as a company of actors and singers that includes professionals from New York City and current Yale students. The residency culminates with open rehearsal readings of each project, presented as part of the 2012 International Festival of Arts & Ideas.

Published April 10, 2012
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Yale Institute for Music Theatre Announces 2011 Selections, Creative Teams, and Casting

Public Readings: June 16, 17, 18

The Yale Institute for Music Theatre (Mark Brokaw, Artistic Director; Beth Morrison, Producer) announces the three original music theatre works selected for workshop in New Haven this June: Maren of Vardø, music by Jeff Myers, libretto by Royce Vavrek; The Pregnancy Pact, music by Julia Meinwald, book and lyrics by Gordon Leary; and The Profit of Creation, music by Tim Rosser, book and lyrics by Charlie Sohne.

The two-week workshops will culminate with readings of each open to the public held at the Off-Broadway Theatre (41 Broadway, New Haven) on June 16, 17, and 18, presented as part of the 2011 International Festival of Arts & Ideas.  A reception follows each reading.  Dates and times for each reading are included below.

Tickets for the readings and receptions are $15 each, and can be purchased online at www.artidea.org, by phone at (203) 562-5666, and in person at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas Box Office (Shubert Theater, 247 Chapel Street). Arts & Ideas members and Yale Repertory Theatre subscribers may purchase tickets for $10 each by phone or in person only.

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Published June 10, 2011
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Yale Institute for Music Theater announces 2011 dates, guidelines

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. MORE

Published November 9, 2010
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Yale Institute for Music Theatre announces casting for public readings June 25 & 26

The Yale Institute for Music Theatre (Mark Brokaw, Artistic Director; Beth Morrison, Producer) announces the full creative teams and casting for its two summer workshops, The Daughters and Stuck Elevator.  The two-week workshops of the original music theatre works will culminate in two readings of each at the Off-Broadway Theatre (41 Broadway, New Haven) on June 25 and 26; see below for times. A reception will follow each reading.

Tickets for the readings and receptions are $15 each, and can be purchased online at www.artidea.org, by phone at (203) 562-5666, and in person at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas Box Office (Shubert Theater, 247 Chapel Street). Arts & Ideas Members and Yale Repertory Theatre subscribers may purchase tickets for $10 each by phone or in person only. MORE

Published June 17, 2010
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Yale Institute for Music Theatre announces 2010 summer workshop selections

The Yale Institute for Music Theatre (Mark Brokaw, artistic director; Beth Morrison, producer) announces the original music theatre works that will receive two-week workshops in New Haven, June 13-27: THE DAUGHTERS by Shaina Taub and STUCK ELEVATOR by Byron Au Yong and Aaron Jafferis.

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THE DAUGHTERS
Music and libretto by Shaina Taub

In a work infused with an eclectic and exhilarating blend of soul, jazz and pop, we follow the three daughters of Zeus as they embark on separate and intersecting journeys of self-discovery: the child prodigy Athena grows up, the iconic vixen Aphrodite gets knocked up, and the reclusive rocker Artemis opens up. The Daughters is a timeless, and timely, story of three women coming of age in the very public eye.

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Published March 11, 2010
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Yale Institute for Music Theatre attracts media attention

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The new Yale Institute for Music Theatre has attracted a host of media coverage. The inaugural Institute will feature three selected works: Cancer? the musical, with music, book, and lyrics by Sam Wessels; Invisible Cities, with score and libretto by Christopher Cerrone (’09 MM); and POP!, with book and lyrics by Maggie-Kate Coleman and music by Anna K. Jacobs. Read more about these works in an earlier blog post here.

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Published April 20, 2009
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Three works selected for the Yale Institute for Music Theatre

CerroneYale School Of Music student Christopher Cerrone ’09 MM is among the writers and composers who will take part in the first Yale Institute For Music Theatre, June 7-21, 2009.

The Yale Institute for Music Theatre – Mark Brokaw, Artistic Director; Beth Morrison, Producer – announces the three original music theatre works to receive two-week workshops in New Haven this June. The works are:

Cancer? the musical, with music, book, and lyrics by Sam Wessels;
Invisible Cities
, with score and libretto by Christopher Cerrone (’09 MM); and
POP!
, with book and lyrics by Maggie-Kate Coleman and music by Anna K. Jacobs.

Cancer? the musical
Music, Book, and Lyrics by Sam Wessels

About to graduate from college, intrepid Sam had a lot in front of him.  He had an acting career to start, musicals to produce, and the mysteries of adulthood waiting to uncover.  Then for a graduation gift, he got leukemia.  Cancer? the musical is an ingenious,  funny, heartfelt, and unsentimental depiction of Sam’s roller-coaster ride through the first dizzying nine months of his diagnosis and treatment—and how the cure ended up transforming his life long after the cancer itself was gone.
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Published March 9, 2009
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