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NEW

WORKSSERIES

PRE-PREMIERES OF

NEW MUSICALS

DURING INCUBATION

SUBMIT

YOUR SHOW

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LIVE VIRTUAL

PROGRAMMING

RECOGNIZED BY NAMT'S

INNOVATION & EXPLORATION FUND

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Now in its 15th season, New York Theatre Barn’s award-winning New Works Series presents pre-premieres of original musicals in development presented to a live and virtual audience. We make space to speak in community with writers and their creative teams about the musicals of tomorrow. Each original musical’s intention, content and journey are unique and extraordinary to the storytellers who create them. We believe that there is no formula for musical theatre, except authenticity.

The 2020-2021 season included 48 installments of the series, showcasing 96 Original Musicals, created by 181 Writers and 600 Artists. As a home for artists, the support of New York Theatre Barn means investment in process. We believe that lifting up, sharing, and investigating the work while in process is a crucial part of creating musical theatre.

We partnered with Broadway on Demand and Full Out Creative to bring these presentations to a global audience, and this program is supported in part by the Innovation & Exploration Fund, a program of National Alliance for Musical Theatre. In November 2021, our return to live and in-person programming included ASL interpreters. 

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ABOUT THE SERIES:

The series has launched dozens of notable new works, including:

  • Ordinary Days - Adam Gwon's debut musical 

  • Small Town Story - about a controversial TX high school production of the musical Rent

  • In Transit - Broadway's first a capella musical

  • Anne of Green Gables -  the classic novel is reimagined as a vibrant folk-rock musical, upcoming summer 2022 production at Goodspeed 

  • Eastbound - an Asian-American boy with Leukemia in need of a bone marrow transplant travels to China in search of his biological family 

  • Sam's Room - inspired by real stories of nonverbal teens who find a way to communicate

  • The Belle of Tombstone - the all-female musical about the Jewish wife of Wyatt Earp and the women of the American West

  • Tiananmen - the story of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing, research compiled from student survivor/journalist interviews

SUBMIT YOUR SHOW:

MUSICAL THEATRE WRITERS

The New Works Series is the first step in our developmental process. Each installment includes two 35-minute concert presentations of new musicals. Each piece varies in its developmental stage. 

The series is filmed before a live audience, and is eventually seen by a virtual audience. The video footage is yours for archival purposes or to promote your show publicly on our YouTube channel, or privately to institutions that you'd like to target. Artistic Director Joe Barros and our line producers work with you to assemble a cast and creatives. Theatre Barn promotes the event in the press and through our online marketing. Additionally, we work with you to invite industry members with whom we have contact.


We currently offer a limited amount of rehearsal space made possible in part from ART/NY’s Creative Space grant.

Please submit the following materials:

  • your RESUME and a short BIO

  • a SCRIPT and DEMO RECORDINGS (any level of completion)

  • a SYNOPSIS

  • an ARTISTIC STATEMENT explaining

    • 1) Why you and your team are telling this story

    • 2) Why you are telling this story now

    • 3) What this piece may personally mean to you and your collaborators

    • 4) anything else important or interesting to note

  • Please also outline the show’s DEVELOPMENTAL HISTORY, if any.

  • Materials should be sent to Artistic Director Joe Barros: joe@nytheatrebarn.org

  • When submitting, please use the subject: NWS / Submission / [Title of Show]

  • Submissions are FREE and are accepted anytime throughout the year. We are a small team and receive a high volume of submissions yearly. We are excited to read and experience your work, but will only be in contact should we be able to support a collaboration.

 
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