Writers Announced for 4th Annual Johnny Mercer Foundation Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals | Playbill

News Writers Announced for 4th Annual Johnny Mercer Foundation Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals Thirty-six writers have been chosen for the 2016 Johnny Mercer Foundation Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals. The colony will convene on the Goodspeed Campus starting Jan. 18, 2016, through mid-February 2016.

Nineteen new musicals will be a part of the exclusive month-long retreat. 

The writers who will take part in the colony are Aaron Albert, Nikko Benson, Meghan Brown, Ty Defoe, Kate Douglas, Tim Drucker, Brian Feinstein, Zina Goldrich, Ben Halstead, Kristin Hanggi, Marcy Heisler, Shayfer James, Jason Kim, Gordon Leary, Mike Lew, Grace McLean, Julia Meinwald, Rehana Lew Mirza, Sean Patrick Monahan, Mary Katheryn Nagle, Alexander Sage Oyen, Kristia Pioppi, Katy Rae, Matthew Lee Robinson, Brett Ryback, Zoe Sarnack, Erica Schmidt, Tidtaya Sintoke, Mark Sonnenblick, Ben Toth, Eric Ulloa, Max Vernon, Sam Willmott, Amanda Yesnowitz, Zak Zadek and Daniel Zaitchik.

According to a release, "The Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed is an unparalleled, long-term residency program devoted exclusively to musical theatre writing. It provides a sanctuary for composers, lyricists, and librettists to embark on new musical theatre work or to devote a substantial amount of time to a work-in-progress in an environment rich with creative energy. For four weeks, starting January 18, the writing teams work in residence in Goodspeed's Artists Village, each team in their own house, with whatever support is needed, from dramaturgical to the Goodspeed’s fine music department. In the evenings writers get together in an informal, salon-style environment and share the day's work. This gathering allows the artists an invaluable opportunity to gain insight from their colleagues. The Colony is the ultimate think tank of veteran Broadway and young working professional in theater today."

Jonathan Brielle will serve as producer/writer in residence, with Michael Bush as resident dramaturge, Donna Lynn Hilton as guide and Hunter Bird as coordinator.

For more information on the Johnny Mercer Foundation, click here.

For more information on Goodspeed Musicals, click here.

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