frequently asked questions
We sure would love to produce your musical ourselves; but weíre a developmental organization, rather than a producing organization. However, we might be able to help you with your next stage of development. Perhaps a cold reading with an evaluation would be useful to you. Or a workshop production. We do have fees associated with these evaluation/development workshops, of course. Click here to see the various options which might help your piece get to the next stage.
To be honest, it is highly unlikely that we would submit to producers a show which we havenít developed ourselves. We've found that the marketplace has returned to the way it was in the 40's and 50's, in which producers created musicals by assembling teams around an idea. Here at the Academy for New Musical Theatre, we run a professional musical theatre development workshop centered around this process of producer-driven musicals.
We have a weekly workshop, developing professional shows for producers such as Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities, East West Players, McCoy Rigby Entertainment, Broadway Rose Theatre, Summerfest Theatre in Alabama, Theatre Building Chicago, the Village Theatre and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre. We're in discussions with MGM on Stage, Musical Theatre West, Cumberland County Playhouse, Anteus Theatre, Pacific Resident Theatre, and a host of other producers.
The best way to get the Academy to get involved in your work is for you to become actively involved with the ANMT. In short, weíre interested in your NEXT musical. Perhaps you have an idea which is just a paragraph long, or you have a few scenes and songs and are looking for direction, or a producer to join you in the early stages. If you think you canít work ANMT into your schedule, we do have some hourly sessions which might allow us to get to know you and your work.
No; you donít have to live in Los Angeles, thanks to the internet, our digital equipment, and an enormous bandwidth website which we lease. We can digitally record sessions of feedback for you, and upload them to a password-protected portion of our website where only you can see them; a private session just for you.
We can provide live or online manuscript and score evaluation, cold readings, or concert productions of works which interest you. We have live and online workshop facilities in Los Angeles, as well as actors, directors, music directors and dramaturgs to help you evaluate your musical theatre work. Our dramaturgs and professional acting ensemble, the Academy Repertory Company, are developing shows for producers such as Civic Light Opera South Bay Cities, East West Players, McCoy Rigby Entertainment, Broadway Rose Theatre, and a host of other producers. For details about our development services, please click here.
Don't let the idea of "first yearĒ mislead you; that implies "first year at ANMT" not first year of bookwriting, lyric writing, or composition. Our Core Curriculum introduces you to our extremely specific process about collaboration, along with an enormous amount of technical details about formatting, cues, manuscript preparation, and most recently techniques/process for collaborating via the internet.
Except for graduates of Tisch, BMI and Theatre Building Chicago's musical theatre workshops, all writers need to enter ANMT through the Core Curriculum, or through our shorter term classes offered through the Summer Musical Theatre Boot Camp and at various times during the year. But that's not a judgment about the quality of your work. Our first year Core Curriculum is not a basic "musical theatre for dummies" course, Our first year members are often highly experienced, professional writers with piles and piles of experience and even productions and awards. The fact is that some foundations which we lay in our first year curriculum are just not obtainable in any other form. We have a unique approach towards collaboration which you'd miss if you jumped into "General Member" status. We have an approach toward receiving AND giving feedback which isn't something a writer will have picked up; it's something which you have to experience and practice. We also have a very specific vocabulary about the craft, the process, and the mechanics of writing for the musical theatre which writers are unlikely to have picked up along the way. There will undoubtedly be a few topics which you'll have already mastered (chord symbols, voice leading, that kind of thing), but for every one of those, there will be two more topics which will either be new, or which will have new applications for you in musical theatre. You may feel you have already mastered the material you think will be in your specific craft, but we're pretty sure you'll find there are some wonderful new topics which you'd be grateful to have. Most importantly, it's the actual collaboration on pieces and scenes and the feedback which ensues which constitutes the real experience of our workshop."
If you are a graduate of New Yorkís BMI workshop; Theatre Building Chicagoís Writersí Workshop, or the musical theatre program at Tisch, we'd probably be able to start you at the General Membership level, but that'll be the call of our Artistic Director, John Sparks.
How nice to hear from you again! What we would like to request is that you submit an application to us, along with writing samples. Our curriculum has changed significantly since you were last with us, and we'd like the chance to become re-acquainted with your work. It's possible that some returning members, such as yourself, may be invited to join at the General Membership level with the understanding that you also complete that part of the new curricula not in force during your first workshop membership.
Not being local to our Los Angeles workshop location does not preclude you from writing musical theatre with us, although it slightly limits your options. We have several non-Los Angeles writers working with us, and we've completed a very successful series of musicals with writers in London. We also endorse the online curriculum in the craft of writing musical theatre offered by WritingMusicalTheatre.com. For more info, CLICK HERE.
Thanks so much for contacting us; itís always nice to know there are fellow musical theatre artists out there, working to bring new works to audiences. Please do stay in touch with us and keep us informed about your work from time to time. If youíre ever in the Los Angeles area, please drop in and visit us. We would like to invite you to add your name to our mailing list so that you can receive our online newsletter and e-notices about upcoming events. If you are interested in this option, please use the "Subscribe" option to send us and email and ask to be added to our mailing list.
Some of our members might be interested in working with you. If you wish, you can send us a one or two paragraph description of the project, and weíll forward it to our membership. Then any of our writers who are interested can contact you directly. You should know, however, that most of our writers are quite busy with projects through ANMT. You might also want to check out ASCAPís Collaboratorsí Corner (their website is www.ascap.org) -- some very successful writing teams have met this way.
There is a copy of our application form available online in the Writers' Workshop section. New members are accepted into our Core Curriculum in the fall. Applications received by July 1 will receive priority consideration. CLICK HERE for more information.
You do not have to have credentials in musical theatre in order to be invited to be part of our musical theatre workshop. Many of our writers write in TV, or score films, or write novels. Our curriculum is designed to lead you through the process of writing for musical theatre.
Thanks for your inquiry about submitting a piece for our Theatre for Young Audiences program. Unfortunately, at this time, weíre not considering any new pieces for young audiences. Weíre in discussions with the YMCA and several schools and theatres to set up a program which would enable us to examine projects such as yours for possible trunk shows or full production, but thatís all still in the development stage right now.
Weíre not hiring at the present time, but weíre always interested to know whoís instructing in theatre arts. If you would send your resume to us, weíd be happy to contact you should an opportunity ever arise.
Unfortunately, at the moment, all the workshops we offer are for adults. Please check back with us in a few month's time, however, as we are just beginning to explore a program in which we present musicals FOR children.
Sorry; we general sponsor only musicals which have come through our own workshop, or our workshopís writers.