Sunday, May 20, 2012

Musical Theatre Writers Conference Returns to Los Angeles

Tony-Award winners, producers, artistic directors, and agents are all gathering in July for the much-anticipated 4th bi-annual Biz of the Musical Theatre Biz: A Conference For Writers presented by The Academy for New Musical Theatre. It will take place July 20 - 22 at the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood.

The weekend conference on musical theatre writing includes sessions led by musical theatre professionals, who will share valuable information and advice on a variety of issues related to producing and writing musicals. Panels, Q&A sessions, and keynote topics will include: approaching producers and theatres (the right AND wrong ways), navigating the wide array of legal issues associated with creating a musical, protecting the rights of composers and lyricists, raising money, self-producing and much more.

Participants will have the chance to hear behind-the-scenes stories from professional theatre writers about how to write a musical, and meet other emerging artists in the musical theatre world. As an added bonus, participants will also have the chance to pitch their musicals to established producers.

"The writers conference is one of the highlights of all our programs," says ANMT's Executive Director, Scott Guy. "We're always so gratified to see so many writers and composers networking with each other as well as with producers, agents, artistic directors and other industry folk. Our panelists always tell us what a terrific opportunity it is for THEM, to network with their fellow panelists. Several new musicals have come directly out of the conference; one was born in the middle of a panel discussion and has gone on to production."

Confirmed panelists include: 

Cheri Steinkellne
Tony Award nominated writer of Sister Act and Emmy Award-winner of Cheers

Brendan Milburn
Sleeping Beauty Wakes, recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award 

David Elzer
award-winning producer of The Marvelous Wonderettes

Tim Dang
producing artistic director of East West Players

Gordon Firemark
CEO, Fierce Theatricals and attorney representing artists, writers, producers, and directors

"It's a great weekend," says Elise Dewsberry, ANMT's Artistic Director, "where everyone comes together to talk about how to write musicals and the future of the American musical. A lot of great information, great laughs, and great food."

"Little did we know back in 2006 when we produced our first conference," says Gordon Firemark, producer and president of ANMT's Board, "how successful they would turn out to be. This will be our fourth conference in six years, our biggest one yet; and it's become a destination event for serious musical theatre writers. A great opportunity for networking and learning how to write a musical."

Tickets for the entire conference are $495 – but those who register before June 15 will save $100 and pay only $395. Day rates are also available. To register or for more information, go to or call (818) 506-8500. The conference will take place at the NoHo Arts Center (in the heart of the NoHo Arts District) at 11136 Magnolia Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91601.

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