Comprising the festival's 2015 Grand Jury are Tony Award-winning actor Michael Cerveris; Obie and Drama Desk Award-winning actress Donna Lynne Champlin; Tony Award-winning producer Jane Dubin; Tony Award and Drama Desk Award-nominated actor Hunter Foster; creative director, Fox Stage Productions Isaac Robert Hurwitz; CAA agent Joe Machota, director of theatre arts program at The National Black Theatre Jonathan McCrory; Tony Award winner Billy Porter; Outer Critics Circle-nominated director and choreographer Josh Prince; Tony Award and Drama Desk Award-nominated actor and writer Tony Sheldon; and Motown: The Musical director Charles Randolph-Wright.
Additional jurors will be announced.
Writers without representation may submit their shows as long as it has not received a professional New York production. Scripts should be ready for developmental production and the exposure that the participation in NYMF provides.
Deadlines to submit musicals for the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival are Oct. 6 (early deadline for new musicals) and Nov. 3 (official entry deadline for new musicals).
More information regarding how to submit for the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival is available at NYMF.org/SubmitAShow. Questions regarding submissions may be directed to email@example.com or by calling (212) 664-0979. The Next Link Project, according to NYMF, "empowers emerging musical theatre writing teams by providing entrepreneurial training, career networking opportunities, dramaturgical support, and other services, culminating in a subsidized production in the Festival. In 2015, NYMF will accept 10 shows into the Next Link Project. Past Next Link Project productions at the New York Musical Theatre Festival have included: Fat Camp, Yank!, Flight of the Lawn Chair Man, Cloned!, Frog Kiss and F*cking Hipsters!"
Next Link Project participants receive the following benefits: a subsidized production slot at NYMF 2015 (including savings in production fees, and discounted technical and marketing support); dramaturgical support; seminars and workshops geared toward successfully preparing, presenting and promoting the NYMF production; and access to exclusive industry networking events.