Signature Now Accepting Submissions for New Musical Theatre Lab

News   Signature Now Accepting Submissions for New Musical Theatre Lab
Arlington's Signature Theatre is launching a new developmental workshop for musical theatre writers called SigWorks: Musical Theater Lab. Beginning in summer 2016, the program will develop two musicals over a two-week period, with each project receiving a public reading.

Submissions will be accepted from across the U.S., and the selected projects, under the leadership of Signature’s Director of New Works Joe Calarco, will each receive a director and assistant director, a musical director, actors, stage manager and a dramaturg. The writers of the chosen musicals will receive housing, travel and an honorarium.

An call is now open through Nov. 20. Click here for submission guidelines and requirements

"With our SigWorks: Musical Theater Lab open submission policy, we’ll be giving writers all over the country the chance to have their work developed at one of America’s leading producers of new musicals," said Calarco in a press statement.

"Signature Theatre has become known as an incubator for new exciting and challenging musicals in this country over the past 25 years," added Signature Theatre artistic director Eric Schaeffer. "We felt it was time to provide more opportunities to artists to help them get their work produced on American stages."

The theatre has also announced the five new plays by playwrights in the area that will receive readings as part of the SigWorks: Monday Night New Play Reading’s at Ali’s Bar series. Chosen from 91 submissions, the plays are: The Gulf by Audrey Cefaly, Br’er Cotton by Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm, Masterpieces of the Oral and the Intangible Heritage of Humanity by Heather McDonald, Accepts with Pleasure by Dani Stoller and To Defend Freedom by Annalisa Dias. The monthly reading series, hosted at the bar in the theatre's lobby, is another new initiative that highlights and nurtures the work of regional playwrights. Each work receives a one-day developmental workshop. Each presentation will be followed by a Q & A session, running through June 2016.

For more information on Signature Theatre's events and season programming, visit SigTheatre

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