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Musical Theatre Factory is thrilled to open applications for the inaugural MTF MAKERS cohort. We are seeking innovative artists who will utilize MTF’s resources — and strong peer network — to cultivate artistically groundbreaking and socially inclusive work for the American canon that shifts the cultural needle. MTF MAKERS is an 18-month initiative that supports six teams of groundbreaking musical theater artists in the creation of new work. Through this inclusive community of artists, MAKERS gather together at regular meetings to share work and support each other through feedback, collaboration, and discourse. In addition to meetings, MAKERS will also have access to MTF’s assembly line suite of activities including studio time, the 4×15 series, developmental workshops, and opportunities to show work in front of an audience including MTF’s Joe’s Pub series. MAKERS receive helpful mentorship, education, and advocacy from the organization as well as dramaturgical support from the MTF artistic staff and Beehive Dramaturgy Studio. MAKERS will also be invited to take part and create MTF programming, including opportunities to host salons and teach workshops. We are excited about MAKERS with projects that are in a variety of stages of development – from the kernel of an idea to a full script with demos ready for a workshop. You are also encouraged to apply if you have a production slated for the project, but need extra development support! You are welcome to apply with a secondary project you’d be interested in developing with MAKERS; this is optional. All MTF Makers meetings, workshops, residencies and performances take place in New York City. Applicants must be 18 years of age and have the right to work within the United States. *We are collaborating with Theater MU in Minneapolis for one of the teams to be an MTF/MU MAKER. This would be an Asian American project/team that resonates with MU’s mission of “great performances born of arts, equity, and justice from the heart of the Asian American experience” and will receive a Theater MU production after the 18-month MAKER residency. This team will be chosen in collaboration with MTF and Theater MU but the application process remains the same. If you are creating theater whose storytelling is driven by music, we are interested in you. Timeline September 21  Application Period Opens September 25  5-7pm Information Session with PAD Mei Ann @ Town Stages, 221 West Broadway October 7 at 11:59pm – Applications due
Oct 9 11:59pm Late Submission Fee $15
November 16-18 Finalist Interviews MAKERS ACTIVITIES Late January 2019 – June 2020 MTF MAKERS 2019 Application (application will be live on September 21st)
  1. Names of lead artist(s)
  2. Please provide an artist statement for each lead artist, or a single co-artist statement for your team (500 words max for each statement)Never written an artist statement before? We recommend checking out the Mission chapter of Artist U’s free workbook for some tips on how to create one.
  3. How have the lead artist(s) been involved with MTF in the past? (It’s okay if you haven’t!) (max. 100 words)
  4. Tell us about your primary project (1,000 words max) Title Synopsis How it aligns with the values in your artist statement(s) How does your project contribute to the field? What is your project’s development history so far, and what are your ideal next steps for its development?
  5. (optional) if you have a secondary project you’d like to work on as a MAKER, please share some information about it here (500 words max)
  6. How would you like to use MTF resources over the 18-month residency? Please be as specific as you can be about writing goals; when/if you anticipate wanting a 4×15 or residency; etc. You can review the available programming resources for more information about what we offer. (500 words max)
  7. How would meeting regularly with the group of MAKERS support you? (250 words max)
  8. I’m an Asian American artist and would like to be considered to be an MTF/MU MAKER. (yes or no)
Please upload the following:
  1. Resume/CV for each lead artist (please compile as 1 PDF)
  2. Biography for each lead artist (100 words)
  3. Current script for your primary project (if you don’t have a script yet, an outline or a synopsis is fine!)
  4. Up to 5 demos (please indicate if these are from your primary project or another project)
  5. Additional work sample (script/demos/video/anything that gives us a sense of who you are as an artist)
There is an application fee, which goes exclusively to covering the administrative costs of the application process. Every application will be carefully handled and reviewed by a team of qualified panelists. No applicant will be turned away for lack of funds. We are committed to making this program accessible. Submissions are now closed. Thank you.