New Musical Development Collective
in partnership with Musical Theatre Network
and Theatre Royal Stratford East
Looking Backwards-Working Forwards
Diversity in MT Storytelling
May 22, 2017 @ 7PM-9.30PM
James Hadley (Musical Theatre Network)
Sevan Tavoukdjian (TRSE & NMDC)
You are invited to NMDC’s first Think Tank – a series designed specially as part of our inaugural residency at Theatre Royal Stratford East.
This won’t be your typical conversation about diversity. Echoing NMDC’s dedication to developing a multiplicity of storytelling in British MT this Think Tank will focus on three topics:
- Storytelling Authenticity – who gets to tell the stories
- Multi-Genre and Interdisciplinary Needs – involving artists from different media
- 21st Century Identity and Nostalgia – do we look forwards or backwards
We have some invited special guest speakers to start the discussion with their thoughts before inviting everyone attending to become provocateurs/initial responders as we move the discussion forwards and consider next steps.
We’ll gather from 7 to say hello and share a drink then begin promptly at 7.30. Please stay after for more chats and drinks!
NOTE: This event will be broadcast on Facebook Live.
To book a ticket please go here. Admission is free but space is limited.
May 29, 2017 @ 7PM-9PM
Join us for our first EMERGE concert showcasing the UK’s new/emerging writing and performing talent. The goal is to not only give these artists a platform to showcase their talents, but also to introduce them to the industry and audiences.
Our first EMERGE concert will showcase the music of:
featuring the vocal talents of:
To book your ticket please click here.
21 February 2017 – NMDC Launches!
Theatre Royal Stratford East hosts New Musical Development Collective in its inaugural year
- Theatre Royal Stratford East to mentor and support new organisation dedicated to fostering British musical theatre artists and projects
- Four new musical projects and eight artists to be supported over the course of one year through the Musical Theatre Lab
- Founded and run by Sevan Tavoukdjian, Adam Lenson and Aaron Rogers
- Participants include UK artists from all genres and social strata
- NMDC runs from March 2017 – March 2018
Theatre Royal Stratford East is proud to announce a year-long partnership with the New Musical Development Collective (NMDC), a brand new company focused on dramaturgy and development of British musicals and artists. The NMDC launches this month with its inaugural Musical Theatre Lab (MT-Lab) on 7 March 2017 and will be in residence at Theatre Royal Stratford East for a full year, ending with a public sharing of work on 9 March 2018.
One of NMDC’s goals is to foster and develop new British musicals that respond to the modern world and contemporary life with a focus on enriching the fabric of British theatre making and stories. Each year the NMDC plans to be in residence at an organisation with an interest in producing new musicals. Through the in-kind support of these theatres, the NMDC will be able to nurture composers, songwriters, lyricists, and playwrights from all backgrounds with an interest in creating work for the stage that brings together words and music.
The MT-Lab writers will receive a £1000 stipend, year-long dramaturgy and development, industry and skills masterclasses and workshops, a work-in-progress sharing at The Other Palace, an excerpt sharing at Theatre Royal Stratford East, a 12-month membership to Mercury Musical Developments, free tickets to Theatre Royal Stratford East productions, and access to hot desks and rehearsal rooms.
The inaugural 2017 NMDC MT-Lab writers, chosen from an open call for applications, will include Zara McFarlane, Amber Hsu, Stu Barter, Firdos Ali, Nikki Burnhope, Shireen Mula, Joe Von Malachowski, and David Austin Grey. These 8 artists come from across the UK with backgrounds in theatre, music and fine arts.
As part of its residency at Theatre Royal Stratford East, NMDC will be producing two EMERGE concerts, showcasing the talent of new/emerging acting and writing talent, as well a Think Tank Roundtable series revolving around diversity in the British Musical Theatre.
The NMDC is supported by Arts Council England, Mercury Musical Developments, Musical Theatre Network and The Other Palace and will be mentored and supported by Theatre Royal Stratford East during its year-long residency.
Kerry Michael, Artistic Director at Theatre Royal Stratford East said: Musical theatre is a key priority for Theatre Royal Stratford East, being an art form that has the power to bridge gaps across cultures and develop new audiences. We are excited to support and mentor the New Musical Development Collective with our shared vision to break new ground with British musicals. As an organisation that has always had musical theatre development as one its cores, we are excited to share our knowledge and expertise with the NMDC as they respond with us to the rallying call for new British musicals.
Sevan Tavoukdjian, NMDC co-founder, said: What started as an idea in the back of my head a year ago has grown into something I didn’t think possible. I was lucky to meet Adam and Aaron who then agreed to jump on board with me. I feel we’ve created something really special. I couldn’t be more thrilled that Theatre Royal Stratford East agreed to be our first host organisation. They have much to teach us and we’re ready to learn. We hope to play a part in the growing wave of new British musicals in the UK.
Adam Lenson, NMDC co-founder, said: I am thrilled to be working with a group of artists from such diverse creative practises and am looking forward to forming a unified collective that can debate, argue and learn together and who can form challenging, innovative and well-crafted new British musicals. As artists we saw the gaps and the needs and wanted to respond to them in a way that supported the artists and the industry.
Aaron Rogers, NMDC co-founder, said: With the incredible support of the Arts Council England we are able to offer a creative working environment for these eight writers. Theatre Royal Stratford East as our host theatre and MTN, MMD and The Other Palace as our supporters, gives us the ability to support our artists as they write four brand new British musicals. Our sole aim as a company is to offer platforms where we hope to encourage writers to be bold & brave with their storytelling.
For more information contact:
Amy Bramman, Kate Morley PR