Have you written a piece of musical theatre and want to take it to the next level? New Musicals Australia can help you get your original show off the page and onto the stage. We facilitate workshops, provide networking opportunities and put your work in front of industry experts.

Stage 1: The Submission Process

Submissions are open to all creators of new musicals with Australian citizenship or permanent resident status. The creative team will ideally be made up one to four individuals fulfilling the roles of composer, lyricist and librettist. One individual will be required to be the primary contact for the work and submit the online application form. Once you have submitted your application you will be sent a notification email that your application has been received.

Work will be evaluated on:

  • Artistic merit of the proposal, including the quality of music and theatrical ideas
  • Potential of the proposal to contribute to the diversity of contemporary music theatre practice in Australia
  • Potential for further development of both the creators and the piece

Applicants are required to submit the following materials:

  • Biographies of key creatives: composer, lyricist, librettist/book-writer (doc file)
  • A list of other artists and collaborators involved with the show (doc file)
  • A one-page vision statement, outlining the creators' artistic intentions for the work and the show's development so far (doc file)
  • A synopsis of no longer than one page outlining both the plot and how music is integrated into the piece. (doc file)
  • Three to five musical examples of key songs from the show (mp3 files only - max 8MB)
  • A writing sample of approximately ten minutes (up to 15 pages - doc file) of the show including one of the attached songs
  • A full libretto (doc file)

Stage 2: The Musical Snapshot

Up to 10 musicals will be chosen out of the submissions to progress to the second stage, the Snapshot. This stage consists of a 20 consecutive minutes of the musical presented to available members of the Advisory Panel who will offer immediate feedback on structural and creative strengths and weaknesses. This opportunity enables creative teams to receive professional feedback and gauge a general response. The Snapshots will take place on June the 11th and 12th of June 2017.

An informal drinks event will be held in the Hayes Theatre Co bar for all of the participants in the Snapshot process on Sunday the 11th of June.

Up to four musicals will be chosen from the Snapshots to receive a read through of the entire script with the musicals numbers sung through. A core cast of actors will be utilised for all of the read throughs with the musicals creators being called upon to sing the musical numbers. The read throughs will take place on the Tuesday the 13th of June and Thursday the 15th of June following the Snapshot presentations. Members of the Advisory Panel will be invited attend to the read throughs and offer further feedback.

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Stage 3: The Developmental Workshop

Two works will be chosen from the read through to be workshopped. At the end of the workshop, each musical will then give a closed presentation to available members of the Advisory Panel. The length of the workshop will be determined by the needs of the musicals selected.

Stage 4: Season at Hayes Theatre Co 

One of the two musicals will be chosen to present a full season at Hayes Theatre Co in 2018.