Here is some feedback from writers about their written
EVALUATION OVERVIEW or video ANALYSIS:
"The real value of this service is in its rarity: from genuine industry professionals who have the clarity and vision to provide feedback with no bias or agenda and which asks the right questions and suggestions to enable YOU to genuinely UNDERSTAND how to make your work a better piece of musical theatre - the long term benefits of which are incalculable!"
-- Michael Dresser
"To get professional feedback for a ridiculously low fee, where else are you gonna go?"
-- David Fischer
"We are in receipt of your video and your analysis of the piece. After watching the video and taking notes, we feel as if a nurturing dramaturgical Mary Poppins has visited us with wonderful insightful nourishment. It appeared to us that you seemed to really relate to the characters we've established and are caught up with their plight and have come up with ways to strengthen them ... Your suggestions are invaluable to us and many will be integrated."
-- Ron Yatter
"... we are both very very happy with the knowledge and experience you have brought to this evaluation, The time and thought you have put into it is quite evident and greatly appreciated....Thanks again for all the work you have done in helping us to make [our musical] as good as it can be."
-- Alan Riva
"Iím extremely pleased and appreciative of your evaluation. Itís the first constructive evaluation Iíve had. Your thoroughness and assistance pretty much blew me away. I am both impressed and enthused."
-- Michael McNeill
"And - just to let you know - another show of mine you analysed a while back - SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS - after much reworking - has been offered a four week run, opening mid-April at the Landor theatre, Clapham, LONDON. And it wouldn't be getting a professional outing without your guidance. So even more thanks.."
-- Chris Burgess
"Once again you put your finger on the things that need addressing - try to hide them though I may, you're in there like a pig discovering truffles. (Sorry, inelegant phasing!) . What's terrific is that you are interested in helping the writer write the best possible version of what he/she wants to write, Another critique I had done on GET THAT BEAT, was fine, but the 'critiquer' wanted it to be a different show altogether, with entirely different central characters. Might be a great show, but not the one I want to achieve. So thanks again for great feedback."
-- Chris Burgess
"Thanks for yet another amazing evaluation session, and the wonderful performers who did the reading. We are always incredibly moved by the dedication and focus of you people, and your devotion to the cause of 'putting it together'.
What a powerhouse ANMT is, and an inspiration for all of us trying to create new musical work."
-- Chris Burgess
"As always, I am blown away by the amount of amazing feedback that you give - I am nodding along vigorously. Thanks again for giving us this amazing opportunity to work with you again, and your great bunch of actors."
-- Denise Wright
"[I have found] the evaluation to be very enlightening; I'd like to add that such a detailed treatment was far beyond my expectations and proved your organization to be totally sincere and definitely concerned with promoting quality and professional musical theatre."
-- Walter Johnson
"I am so impressed with your evaluation. It is far more thorough than I expected, and full of valuable critiques and suggestions."
-- Tracey Corea
"We appreciate your constructive review of our project. It was the best $100 weíve spent in a while. In fact, a substantially revised version, that includes many of your recommendations, is being staged this summer by the El Paso Community College."
-- Mark Watts, eleven
"Thank you so much for your evaluation. I'm gratified by how whole-heartedly you engaged with the piece, and your report is full of useful insights and suggestions which will help us greatly in the next phase. Thank you to you and your colleagues for running this programme."
-- James Reid, Probe
"Thank you for the notes ... Weíve made a lot of changes, many of which were based on your direct feedback. It was very good to get an opinion from someone with your expertise."
-- Mark Knowles, Killer in Drag
"Thank you so much for these valuable notes. They are an incredible help and will push the show to the next level. It's given me something to think about and dwell on before moving forward. I miss all you guys and the intensity, professionalism, and talent over at ANMT. "
-- Mark Garcia, Holy Cows of Credence North Dakota
"What can we say? We are DELIGHTED with your evaluation and we are now going to forge ahead with further revisions to make this show as water-tight as possible (before the forensic scrutiny it will eventually get in workshop rehearsal, when things will - inevitably - change again!!) You have an eagle eye and a pitch perfect ear and we treasure your insights and suggestions. A big thank you yet again from across the pond. We really wouldn't be where we are with this show without you."
-- Chris Burgess & Denise Wright
"Enormous thanks for your incredible analysis of 'FALLING FOR LARA'. Both your overview and your detailed analysis is invaluable and we marvel at your ability to really 'get inside' a story. Our previous treatment of 'ROCKSWOP' (which you also dealt with) went on to be scripted and has been optioned by Hopscotch Films and Ealing Studios; and this was in no small part due to your terrific critique.
With all best wishes,
Chris Burgess and Marc Zakian
-- Mark Zakian
"Thank you for your evaluation of Eye of the Storm. WOW! That is all I kept saying to myself as I got thru Act 1's eval. I appreciate EVERYTHING you pointed out to me and believe me I have thought many of the remarks myself along the great writing way. You just confirmed so much of my gut feelings for the things I need to work on. I wanted to get my first thoughts off to you before I continue with Act II's eval. Again, Elise, thank you for all you did to make me want to continue to fix Eye. "
-- E.H. Milam
"Thank you SO MUCH for your absolutely fantastic analysis of 'EMERALD'. What a great opportunity we now have to strengthen and clarify the piece. If only life were like this, and you got a second and third shot at it! You put your finger on some story flaws that we are now working on, and it has been inspiring to build on what works and dismantle and re-invent those elements that need bolstering. We are am hoping to have this next draft completed sooner rather than later, and it would be great to get this to you, and pay for another session of feedback. Watch this space. "
-- Chris Burgess and Denise Wright
"Thanks for the honest evaluation. That's not easy to come by and the level of detail you provided far exceeded my expectations so I feel I got more than my money's worth. I realize that 'jukebox' musicals are sometimes viewed as the step children of the genre and I suppose in many instances rightfully so. But in my head I see the narrative arc of these songs clearly so I think I'll keep revising to improve the telling of that story rather than work it into more of a musical revue type piece. I hope I can get to LA to see one of your productions sometimes soon. "
-- S.D. Williams
"I realize I haven't been in touch since our reading, and I wanted to tell you three that our day of feedback has been incredibly useful and launched me into a completely new phase of work on the show. You've inspired me to start a serious education as a musical theatre writer"
-- Brian Pugach
"I just finished reading your evaluation and want to thank you So Much for your perspectives and time. What you wrote is exactly the kind of fundamental theatrical feedback I was hoping to get for the work. Its always hugely helpful getting feedback revealing where the conceptual blind spots are."
-- Les Oreck
"Thanks again for your honesty and smarts. Your candor, insights and graciousness are much appreciated. It's the best tutorial I've ever had and, like most artists, I generally don't sit still for tutorials."
-- Ed Goldman, Composer/Lyricist/Librettist, Friday@5
"ANMT offers something unique: an in-depth, thoughtful, honest appraisal of a work in progress. They deliver enormous value for a relatively small financial investment. I recommend the Search to any writer developing a new work for the musical stage. "
-- Stephen Telfer
"We submitted PLANET EDEN in one of its initial drafts and received amazingly detailed feedback. Clearly, whoever was assigned to our project had read the script numerous times and took copious notes and we got them all. This has been one of my most personally satisfying interactions with an arts advisory group that I have ever experienced!"
-- Aaron Kirk Douglas
"The Search evaluation provided not only insights, but also inspirations - ANMT transformed the rewrite process into something exciting and fun!"
-- Charles Veley, G & S on Wall Street
"Any musical theatre project in development can benefit greatly from the objective, knowledgeable feedback services provided by the Academy for New Musical Theatre. Their efficient staff provides a supportive viewpoint, rare in the profession. "
-- Ramon Delgado
"First of all, let me just say thank you ...for this amazing experience. I would be remiss if I didnít just say how grateful I am for this experience. I will certainly recommend ANMT to other writers I know.
-- Susan Murray, Bookwriter, Greenbrier Ghost
"If anyone is hesitant about the cost of submitting to you guys, be sure to have them talk to me. Your evaluations are worth ten times the fee."
-- William Roetzheim, Producing Director
"Wow. This was a really detailed analysis. Many thanks."
-- John Piraino
"Wow! So awesome! This is extremely helpful and Ė wow! I say it again! So amazing that you would spend your time helping us in this way. We cannot thank you enough."
-- Aaron Douglas, Planet Eden
" I wanted to say one more time just how truly stimulating the feedback that you gave on the original submission has been, and I look forward to more...You did a fantastic job with the analysis, enormously helpful -- and I love the video format."
-- Stephen Telfer
"We are so grateful for your thoroughness and the insight of your comments. Your report has given us a fresh approach to the project."
"Iíve never received a more cogent and useable evaluation before. Iím very comfortable with the critique process but I have never finished reading a critique/evaluation with as much desire and energy to go to work on and polish a piece."
"Thanks for the fantastic feedback that you provided on the evaluation. It sounds like you really understood my vision for the show more than many of the people I've shown it to."
"The critique was spot on. I would say that the work that you are doing is the most helpful I have ever received from any arts organization. I only wish that more organizations were able to do as much for the field of musical theater. I think that your entire approach is great, serving a wide number of artists at many different levels in their careers. An incredible process really."
"I thought the critique was very thorough, thoughtful, and encouraging, and it inspired many new ways of thinking about my project."
"I found the feedback extremely helpful. It was thoughtful, thorough and very supportive. This is the first time I have attempted to write the music, lyrics and book and your comments have re-energized me and I am currently hard at work on a second draft of my piece. Thank you so much!"
-- 2008 Search Writers
"Elise Dewsberry's rare gift for analyzing plot and character is enormously helpful to writers.† Her story sense is phenomenal."
-- Stephen Oles, bookwriter, Seattle
"Wow! Almost 45 minutes of detailed analysis -- I'm frankly feeling a bit blown away! Such helpful insights. I've listened to the evaluation twice now. MANY THANKS for taking so much time to share such helpful insights.
-- Stephen Telfer
"Elise Dewsberry has been the most influential, helpful, encouraging but brutally honest mentor in my six year attempt to write the book and many of the lyrics of a Broadway-style musical. I recommend Elise without reservation. Entering the Search was the beginning of a year-long association with ANMT, and I will continue to seek Elise's help and very happily pay for it."
-- Sandy Wolf, Marina
"Just a huge thank you for the feedback and suggestions. Way more detailed and involved than I expected, and extremely constructive. Feeling energized."
-- David Fischer
"Without ANMTís help this project would never have come this far! After last yearís search and Eliseís analysis before that, I have received top notch plot help, character development, and musical advice. Useful is not a strong enough word. ANMT has been a guiding force in this projectís evolution, for which I am most grateful. One of the most difficult things for writers is obtaining professional feedback. Working in a vacuum is almost impossible. Collaboration and constant outside feedback is part of the process. I would certainly recommend ANMT to fellow writers."
-- David Nelson