We are delighted to announce a new opportunity for a Resident Musical Theatre Composer to start in September 2024. This residency is being offered in partnership with Mercury Musical Developments (MMD) and Musical Theatre Network (MTN) who have been awarded funding from The Mackintosh Foundation to support four placements, across the UK, as part of the Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Scheme over 2023-2025.
Through this scheme, professional musical theatre writers are paired with a company and given the opportunity to be involved in a range of work which could include writing/composing assignments on the host company’s projects, shadowing development/rehearsal processes, and working on development of their own musical theatre material. Recent hosts have included the Royal Shakespeare Company; Theatr Clwyd; Octagon Theatre; Hope Mill Theatre; The Lowry; and British Youth Music Theatre.
The successful recipient will receive an all-inclusive grant of £13,000, thanks to the generous support of The Mackintosh Foundation.
The placement is expected to run September 2024 – February 2025, and applicants should be free to commit throughout that period. The successful recipient receives a grant calculated to cover six months of their time, and it’s expected the successful applicant will be based in Glasgow for at least a significant portion of the six-month placement. We will work out the exact dates and projects to be worked on with the successful composer.
NTS, MMD and MTN are committed to diversifying voices in new musical theatre writing and broadening the art form, and writers from backgrounds under-represented in musical theatre writing are encouraged to consider applying.
Opportunities within the Residency may include:
- Observing/shadowing the R&D process to two/three new large-scale musicals including the adaptation of a novel, a TV series and a new original community focused musical, led by director Andrew Panton (Artistic Director Dundee Rep) and other artists tbc.
- Time and space to write your own musical with support from the NTS Artistic Development team including access to space, dramaturgical support and opportunities to share progress with the NTS team and wider industry as co-designed.
- Participate in NTS' artist development programme, including leading a musical theatre-focused session or two.
- Network and exchange expertise with peer group of other NTS artists in residence, associates etc.
- Opportunity to collaborate on the development of short digital films and other digital/hybrid projects.
- Observing rehearsals for NTS led or associate productions, and seeing work produced elsewhere in Scotland.
- Working with the NTS Creative Engagement team on development of new work with communities and/or schools.
To be eligible to apply:
- You will need to be a musical theatre composer who has already had some work professionally produced (which can include paid work for a drama college or other training institute). By musical theatre, we mean any theatre which significantly features characters singing (not including work which is defined as opera by its context or creatives).
- You must be resident in the UK.
- We are looking for a clear on-going commitment to working in musical theatre.
- We encourage applicants from the broadest diversity of backgrounds, cultural heritages and identities.
- Applicants will need to be self-sufficient, adaptable, and able to take the initiative to make the most of working within a busy producing theatre.
- The successful recipients will need to be members of Mercury Musical Developments to receive the grant; however, you do not need to be a member to apply.
| How to apply:
You will be asked to upload examples of your work (three sound files of no more than 6 minutes each, including at least two songs) that reflect your writing for musical theatre and the diversity of your work. You will be asked about a musical theatre project you would like to develop during the placement. If you have any questions about your application, you can email email@example.com or he can be reached on 020 3951 7961.
Five individual composer applicants will be shortlisted for the NTS placement. All shortlisted applicants will be asked to complete a practical writing exercise, with £150 per individual paid towards time spent on this exercise.
Applications will be assessed anonymously by groups of experienced industry practitioners.
| Important Dates
All applications must be received by midnight on 5 February 2024. If you have been shortlisted, we will aim to let you know by 11 March.
At this stage we expect interviews to take place w/c 15 April.
Please note the above is subject to change, but we will keep you updated at all times.