The New Musical Theatre Exchange (NMTE) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that exists to bring together committed librettists, lyricists, and composers of musical theatre in the Twin Cities to have their work read and workshopped, find collaborators, share useful information, and support efforts to get members’ work produced. We are currently welcoming local composers, lyricists and playwrights who are interested in broadening their skills and developing musical theatre in a collaborative, supportive environment.
The New Musical Theatre Exchange was founded in 2012 by a diverse group of Twin Cities playwrights, composers, and lyricists dedicated to launching new musicals in the Twin Cities and beyond. Bringing a musical to fruition is a long and challenging road; we created our workshop as a first step where writers can receive feedback to refine ideas, identify potential problems, and correct mistakes before a show goes into the arduous and expensive production process.
Those interested in joining should expect to audit two sessions before being invited to present ten minutes of material to the group, with the understanding that an invitation to join as an associate member comes with a long-term commitment to membership in the Exchange. As a member organization of The Playwrights' Center, we also are able to offer a discounted membership to that organization, which gives writers access to all of the services they provide as well.
NMTE is also committed to getting its members’ work seen. Our programming has included multiple public readings, an industry showcase and a Minnesota Fringe production, Another Opening, Another Show, a compilation of excerpts from four NMTE works-in-progress. In recent years, projects developed in our workshop have been finalists and winners of several national and international Musical Theatre writing contests and awards, and several pieces have gone on to further development and/ or full production at theatre companies in the Twin Cites, New York, Detroit, Seattle, Nashville, Decorah, and Lexington. Through our Facebook page we exchange information with writers in New York, London, Seattle, Philadelphia and elsewhere.
For more information about the Exchange, please check out our website:
If you are interested in auditing one of our monthly meetings, contact us at:
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