Nine new musicals will be developed this summer as part of the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat.
Former National Alliance for Musical Theatre executive director Kathy Evans created the Rhinebeck, NY, retreat, which welcomed its first group of writers during summer 2011.
Nine separate one-week residencies take place June 26-August 28. The 2016 selection panel included Kent Nicholson of Playwrights Horizons, Donna Lynn Hilton of Goodspeed Musicals, Barbara Pasternack of Theatreworks USA, Steve Stettler of Weston Playhouse, Mara Isaacs of Octopus Theatricals, Drama Desk-nominated composer Neil Bartram, and Robert Zukerman, former Director of Theatre at the New York State Council on the Arts.
The 2016 selections include:
Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin, Khalil Sullivan, and Joshua Williams, At Buffalo, lead underwriting support from The Noël Coward Foundation, with additional support from Cornelia Ravenal.
Michele Lowe and Adam Gwon, The Proxy Marriage, lead underwriting support from Stacey Mindich Productions.
Maggie-Kate Coleman and Erato A. Kremmyda, Marie in Tomorrowland, lead underwriting support from Liz Armstrong.
Will Aronson and Sarah Hammond, Wind-Up Girl, lead underwriting support from The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund, with additional support from The Harry, Cathy, Gabriella, and James Rubin Foundation.
Daniel Goldstein and Dawn Landes, Row, lead underwriting support from The Frederick Loewe Foundation, with additional support from Amy Faxon.
Daniel Lazour and Patrick Lazour, untitled musical, lead underwriting support from The Dramatists Guild Fund.
Brian Crawley and Zoe Sarnak, Teddy and Max, lead underwriting support from Brian Hargrove and David Hyde Pierce.
Mark Sonnenblick and Ben Wexler, Ship Show, lead underwriting support from Alec Stais and Elissa Burke, with additional support from Peter Risafi and Steve Wheeler.
Selected writers pay nothing and get a $400 stipend during their stay. All expenses are covered, including travel costs up to $750 per writer. Writers with children or other caregiving responsibilities are eligible and, if they are selected, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat will work with them to accommodate their housing needs.
The retreat does not claim any stake in future royalties from participating musicals. A panel of industry professionals aids in the selection process.
To apply visit RhinebeckWriters.org.