Next Link Project
Submissions for the 2013 Next Link Project are now closed. Click here to Submit an Inquiry for the 2013 Festival!
Attention: Submissions for the Developmental Reading Series
Anyone wishing to submit their show to be part of the Developmental Reading Series may submit an inquiry, but be advised that priority will be given to those who have submitted to the Next Link Project, as we program the Reading Series. To increase your chances of being offered a reading slot, we encourage you to submit your show via the Next Link submissions process. Next Link submissions are being accepted from now through November 12, 2012.
THE NEXT LINK PROJECT is NYMF’s primary writer service program, empowering 12 teams of musical theater writers by providing entrepreneurial training, career networking opportunities, and dramaturgical support in addition to a subsidized production slot at the fall New York Musical Theatre Festival. The program’s multifaceted approach to helping writers advance their careers and bring their work from page to stage has helped numerous shows to garner industry attention and further productions, including “Altar Boyz,” “The Great American Trailer Park Musical,” “Meet John Doe,” “My Vaudeville Man,” “Kingdom,” “Yank!” and others.
From September through October 2011, the program received hundreds of submissions of musical theater scripts and demo CDs by writing teams from around the world. In a double-blind evaluation process, each project was considered by 4 members of an all-volunteer group of musical theater professionals (including writers, directors, choreographers, producers, dramaturgs, and musical directors). Submissions deemed promising were then reviewed by a Grand Jury consisting of leaders in the field, which whittled the finalists down to a dozen works in January 2012.
The writing teams of the 12 Next Link Project selections are invited to a private weekend-long conference, where they attend seminars led by industry professionals related to the collaborative, logistical, marketing and producing skills they will need to bring their shows to production and to promote them. The writers are also introduced to producers, directors and designers at industry networking events designed to help them find potential collaborators and supporters. To further assist the writers in self-producing, and to ensure that a diverse array of artists can fully participate in the program, the Next Link shows each receive $4,500 subsidies towards their NYMF production fees.
NYMF also provides each team with a professional dramaturg, who consults with them from the conference weekend through Festival opening, helping them continue the artistic development of their pieces during the months leading up to NYMF and ensuring that amid all the pressures of producing a show the writers stay engaged as authors.
- choreographer Josh Bergasse (2012 Emmy® winner for NBC's "Smash")
- OBIE Award winning composer-lyricist Jeff Bowen ([title of show])
- two-time Tony®-winning actor Michael Cerveris (Tommy, Assassins, Evita)
- two-time Tony®-winning playwright Marsha Norman (The Secret Garden)
- producer Joey Parnes (Tony® winner for Hair, former Public Theater Executive Producer)
- Tony®-winning actress Tonya Pinkins (Caroline or Change, Jelly's Last Jam)
- director Scott Schwartz (Rooms, Golda's Balcony, Bat Boy)
- Tony® nominated actor Tony Sheldon (Priscilla Queen of the Desert)
- Tony® nominated composer Lucy Simon (The Secret Garden)