Thursday, November 7, 2013

Connecticut Arts Connections

The O’Neill Theater Center marks the historic expansion of its Waterford, CT theater campus with a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday, November 13 at 11am, rain or shine. Members of the community are invited to join and celebrate the occasion, which marks a substantial artistic and capital expansion for the two time Tony Award-winning organization.

The expansion, the largest in the Center’s history, includes seven new dormitory cottages accommodating living space for 65 artists and faculty, a laundry facility, a new rehearsal hall, and the renovation of existing buildings into additional production and rehearsal space.

The National Theater Institute, founded in 1970, is proud to offer the National Music Theater Institute Semester (NMTI), a sister program to the successful National Theater Institute Semester (NTI) program. NMTI will offer credit-earning intensive training in all areas of musical theater—acting, singing, directing, writing, dance, composition, choreography—to undergraduates from the U.S. and abroad. Construction is scheduled to be completed in conjunction with enrollment of the NMTI Fall 2014 class.

A short presentation will be held following the groundbreaking ceremony at the Rose Theater Barn. Details and timeline of the expansion will be shared, as well as the new program’s profound impact on the O’Neill’s mission—to discover, develop, and nurture new work and new artists.

Space is limited. For more information on this event, please contact Special Events Manager Ainslie Seeber at (860) 443-5378 ext. 285 or at events@theoneill.org. The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center is located at 305 Great Neck Road, Waterford, CT 06385.
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, with book by Robert L. Freedman, lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak, music by Steven Lutvak, and directed by Hartford Stage Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak, will open on Broadway November 17 at the Walter Kerr Theatre. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder first premiered at Hartford Stage in October 2012. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is the story of Monty Navarro, a long-lost relative of the D’Ysquith family. He finds out he isninth in line to become the next Earl of Highhurst, he decides to eliminate the other eight heirs standing in his way, all while juggling his mistress and his fiancée. The cast is led by Tony award-winner Jefferson Mays, who plays all eight ill-fated D’Ysquith family members, and Bryce Pinkham as Monty Navarro.

Author of Orange Coming in December
Piper Kerman
December 12 
7 pm Hartford Stage

Get your tickets now for an author talk and book signing with Piper Kerman, who as a young woman with a promising New York career, was forced to reckon with her past, a brief, careless dalliance in the world of drug trafficking. Kerman's memoir of her year in a federal corrections facility for women has been adapted into a popular Netflix series.

Special performance by Women on Our Own, an artistic outreach program from Judy Dworin Performance Project.

Tickets: piperkerman.brownpapertickets.com.



The Yale Institute for Music Theatre is a program of Yale’s Binger Center for New Theatre that bridges the gap between training and the professional world for emerging composers, book writers, and lyricists. The Institute seeks distinctive and original music theatre works by emerging composers and writers to be developed in an intensive lab setting. During a two-week summer residency at Yale School of Drama, the Institute matches the authors of the selected works with collaborators, including professional directors and music directors, as well as a company of actors and singers that includes professionals and current Yale students. The residency culminates with open rehearsal readings of each project, presented as part of New Haven’s International Festival of Arts andIdeas.

ELIGIBILITY
The Yale Institute for Music Theatre accepts applications for projects at various stages of development but focuses on work that is ready to be explored musically and dramatically with performers and directors. Submissions cannot have had a professional production.Mark Brokaw, Artistic Director) will select two original music theater works to be developed in an intensive lab setting in New Haven June 2-15, 2014. Online applications will be accepted from October 28, 2013, through January 7, 2014.

Book musicals and other imaginative music theatre projects are welcome. Only composers, book writers, or lyricists who are current graduate students; or who have graduated from an accredited degree-granting institution (undergraduate or graduate) within the past five years; or who are current Yale students (undergraduate or graduate) are eligible to apply.

Applicants may only submit one work for consideration. Composers and writers may apply as individuals or as part of a team. Participants must be available for the full duration of the residency. Each member of the writing team will receive an honorarium of $1,000, as well as round-trip transportation and accommodation.

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION
Online applications will be accepted beginning October 28, 2013, through 11:59 PM (EST) on January 7, 2014. All submissions must include each of the following, and all documents (with the exception of music recordings) must be uploaded as PDFs:

1- APPLICANT BIO: a BIOGRAPHY or resume of no more than one page, for each creative artist;
2- SYNOPSIS/SCRIPT/SHEET MUSIC
a. a SYNOPSIS of no more than one page, with a list of characters and instrumentation;    
b. a SCRIPT with lyrics or a full libretto;                                                  
c. SHEET MUSIC for a minimum of five songs;
3- MUSIC RECORDINGS: a sample of at least 20 minutes of music. The sample must include the five songs for which sheet music is submitted. Piano and vocals are sufficient, and a composer’s demo is acceptable though not preferred. Studio demos are not necessary. Music recording files must be clearly labeled and uploaded in sequence. All submitted recordings must be clearly noted in script.
4- DEVELOPMENT HISTORY AND GOALS: a brief description of the work’s history and what the creative team hopes to achieve from the development process at the Institute;
5- RIGHTS STATEMENT: proof of fully secured rights if the proposed project is an adaptation of an existing work that is not in the public domain;
6- SIGNATURE: an electronic signature from the Lead Applicant on behalf of all Co-Applicants (composer, book writer, lyricist).
Note: all 2014 applications must be submitted electronically. The Institute does not accept video recordings or photographs. 

For more information about the Yale Institute for Music Theatre or the application process email yimt@yale.edu or call (203) 432-5348. All applicants will be notified of selection by March 28, 2014.

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