MTF Makers ™ is an 18-month residency that supports six teams of groundbreaking musical theater artists in the creation of new work. Through this inclusive community, Makers ™ gather together at regular meetings to share work and support each other through feedback, collaboration, and discourse. In addition to meetings, Makers ™ are given mentorship, education, and advocacy, and priority access to MTF’s Assembly Line™ suite of activities—each team is offered two slots in our 4×15 ™ series and a fully-supported AEA developmental residency, plus access to other opportunities to show work in front of an audience. Makers ™ are additionally supported with an out-of-town retreat, high-quality digital content creation, monthly stipends, free studio space, and dramaturgical support from the MTF artistic staff and Beehive Dramaturgy Studio. Makers ™ will also be invited to take part in and create MTF programming, including opportunities to host Factory Salons ™ and teach workshops. Two Makers ™ teams (of women, non-binary and non-gender conforming folx) will be invited to attend the 5th Avenue’s First Draft Story Summit for a chance to be commissioned by The 5th Avenue Theatre, and potentially other nationally renowned musical theatre development opportunities.
Our Makers ™ focus on a primary project, which can be at any stage of development, from the kernel of an idea, to a full script with demos ready for a workshop, to a project slated for production but needing extra development support. Artists are welcome to apply with a secondary project they are interested in developing with Makers ™ ; this is optional.
Alex Hare, Nehemiah Luckett & Zhailon Levingston
Nia Witherspoon (MTFxR Maker)
Whitney White (MTF/STARR Maker in partnership with The Bushwick Starr)