Submissions can only come from NAMT members, alumni festival writers or a professional theatre organization that is not a member.
The annual festival is considered a prime marketplace for new works and writers. The 45-minute cuttings of shows in readings are seen by a concentrated audience of musical theatre producers and other professionals.
The submission deadline is Jan. 21 for non-NAMT member organizations and Feb. 25 for NAMT members and alumni festival writers. Submission guidelines and application forms are available online at www.namt.net.
Writers cannot submit their work directly to the festival unless they are alumni festival writers.
Past festival shows include Richard Morris, Dick Scanlan and Jeanine Tesori's Thoroughly Modern Millie; Stephen Schwartz and John Caird's Children of Eden; David Zippel, Bill and Cheri Steinkellner and Matthew Wilder's Princesses; Julia Jordan, Nell Benjamin and Laurence O'Keefe's Sarah, Plain and Tall; Kirsten Childs' The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin; George Stiles and Anthony Drewe's Honk!; Jason Robert Brown's Songs for a New World; Alan Menken, Connie Grappo and Marion Adler's Ballad of Little Pinks; and Hunter Foster and David Kirshenbaum's Summer of '42. The mission of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre's Festival of New Musicals "is to expand the musical theatre repertoire by encouraging the production of new musicals; present works that are diverse in ethnicity, subject matter, style, and concept; discover new work and new voices; and nurture creative writing teams."
Admission to the Festival is by invitation only to theatre producers. The Festival is funded by contributions to NAMT, a not-for-profit organization, and is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.
Founded in 1985, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) is the only national service organization dedicated exclusively to the musical theatre. NAMT's 133 members include theatre institutions, independent producers, and universities located in 32 states and six countries. Last year, NAMT members cumulatively employed over 13,500 people, staged nearly 20,000 performances attended by 14.5 million people, and had revenues totaling over $560 million.