We are cultivating new, vibrant partnerships with other arts organizations in NYC such Bushwick Starr, The Shed, and JACK, and national organizations like the Village Theatre and NAMT, so that our work can continue to reach beyond the walls of our space in the East Village. Through these collaborations we are able to grow our community and give our work and artists the space, time and exposure needed to thrive.
These key organizations are long term partners of MTF who share our passion for creating new musical theatre and will provide crucial services for the MTF MAKERS program; these organizations share a mission for new work and values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
As space and time are also vital to the creative process, we are grateful to be a resident company of Playwrights Horizons. As a resident company, we receive generous support in space for office and rehearsal use, mentorship and building networks for administration. Playwrights is involved in moving MTF shows towards production—one of our founding members, Michael, R. Jackson (who went through every point on the assembly line) premiered his musical A Strange Loop at Playwrights Horizons in 2019.
One of our key partnerships that we have cultivated is with the historic Joe’s Pub. MTF programs a series of monthly concerts that provide a platform for our artists in a world renowned venue. This year, we programmed Cheeyang Ng, who showcased his work with an all Asian crew of cast and musicians from at least 5 distinct asian cultures – dismantling, through story in song, the harmful idea of the asian monolith. Diana Oh, who was able to workshop material for her latest work, Clairvoyance, that went on to premiere at ART in Boston. The Lobbyists premiered material from their latest work, The Golden Spike, which was just selected by Rhinebeck Writers Retreat. Most recently we produced (IN)Visibility, a concert celebrating Transgender Visibility Day featuring all transgender actors and musicians performing work by transgender composers, including Éamon Boylan, Graham KG Garlinton, Orion S. Johnstone, Mika Kaufman, Dana Aliya Levinson, and Will Shishmanian. Our Joe’s Pub series has afforded us the ability to give countless artists who are creating radical, inclusive, intentional new work the platform for their professional NYC debuts and help them to gain to visibility in the field.
Town Stages is a 10,000 square foot venue in Tribeca creating a home for all occasions. Their mission is to create real equity by subsidizing space for artists, change-makers, and organizations that find themselves without access. Helmed by a diverse & innovative team of female-identifying professionals with years of experience in the arts, non-profits, and activism. Town Stages & Sokoloff Arts in partnership with MTF has provided free and subsidized space for Makers to hold rehearsals, meetings, and performances.
Disruptv is a full-service digital product studio with everything needed throughout the product lifecycle—mind to market. Although founded in 2006, for the past 6 years, Disruptv has been focused on integrating emergent technologies (specifically in areas of AI (broadly), deep learning, neural networks, ML, NLP, machine emotional intelligence, and XR) with traditional workflows across various industries in market-disrupting ways.
Funkadelic Studios supports our work with donated and discounted backline rehearsal studio space. This was a partnership born to support Funkadelic Studios prides itself on having everything a musician needs to continuously advance their career. They offer discounts for teaching sessions, open mic nights, weekly jam sessions, affordable event space, and internship opportunities. Equipment repairs, gear rental and gear storage are a few more of the services they provide! In partnership with MTF, Funkadelic has provided Makers with discounted and subsidized rehearsal space and access to resources.
Poetic Theatre Productions
Poetic Theatre Productions co-produces concerts and events to offer more showcase opportunities. Poetic Theater Productions seeks to define the modern genre of “poetic theater” by connecting and fostering a community of artists who are passionately creating relevant and accessible work and reinvigorating a conscious theater of language. Poetic Theater Productions offers resources and opportunities for poets, playwrights, and theater artists to create new work and see it through to production via educational workshops, developmental readings and performance.