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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Yale Institute for Music Theatre seeks three original music theatre works

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The YALE INSTITUTE FOR MUSIC THEATRE (Mark Brokaw, Artistic Director) will select up to three original music theatre works to be developed in an intensive lab setting in New Haven June 3–16, 2013.

Submissions will be accepted October 29, 2012, through January 8, 2013. 

Now in its fifth year, the Yale Institute for Music Theatre bridges the gap between training and the professional world for emerging composers, book writers, and lyricists. The Institute seeks distinctive and original music theatre works by emerging composers and writers to be developed in an intensive lab setting. 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 NYC and current Yale students. The residency culminates with open rehearsal readings of each project, presented as part of the 2013 International Festival of Arts & Ideas.

Originally established in 2009 by Yale School of Drama and Yale School of Music, the Institute became a part of the Binger Center for New Theatre in the 2012-13 season.


The Yale Institute for Music Theatre accepts 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. Submissions cannot have had a professional production.

Book musicals and other imaginative music theatre projects are welcome. Only composers, book writers, or lyricists who are current graduate students; or who have graduated from an accredited degree-granting institution (undergraduate or graduate) within the past five years; or who are current Yale students (undergraduate or graduate) are eligible to apply.

Applicants may only submit one work for consideration. Composers and writers may apply as individuals or as part of a team.

Participants must be available for the full duration of the residency. Each member of the writing team will receive an honorarium of $1,000, as well as round-trip transportation and accommodation.


Submissions will be accepted beginning October 29, 2012, and must be received by January 8, 2013. Note: this is not a postmark date.

All submissions must include one copy of each of the following:

a script with lyrics or a full libretto (no DVDs, videotapes, or photographs);
a synopsis of no more than one page, with a list of characters and instrumentation;
a CD (no audio tapes) of at least 20 minutes of music, including a minimum of five songs 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. Music files must be in mp3 format. Songs must be in sequence on the CD and clearly noted in the script;
a one-page biography or resume for each creative artist;
the history of the work’s development and a brief description of what the creative team hopes to achieve at the Institute;
a completed application form signed by all collaborators (composer, book writer, lyricist). 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.
Submissions should be addressed to:

Yale Institute for Music Theatre
c/o Yale School of Drama
P.O. Box 208244
New Haven, CT 06520-8244

For more information about the Yale Institute for Music Theatre or the application process, please email yimt@yale.edu or call (203) 432-8117.

All applicants will be notified of selection by March 15, 2013.

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