2020 Johnny Mercer Writers Colony At Goodspeed Participants Announced

In what has become an annual ritual, a total of 40 established and emerging composers, lyricists, and librettists will converge on the Goodspeed campus from mid-January through mid-February 2020 to participate in the Johnny Mercer Foundation Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals. The writing teams, representing 15 new musicals, will populate the campus, creating a truly exciting environment for discovery and inspiration. Over the course of the four week program, composer/lyricist Jonathan Brielle will again serve as Producer/Writer in Residence.

The Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed is an unparalleled, long-term residency program devoted exclusively to musical theatre writing. It provides a sanctuary for composers, lyricists, and librettists to embark on new musical theatre work or to devote a substantial amount of time to a work-in-progress in an environment rich with creative energy. For four weeks, starting January 21, the writing teams work in residence in Goodspeed’s Artists Village, each team in their own house, with whatever support is needed, from dramaturgical to Goodspeed’s fine music department. In the evenings writers get together in an informal, salon-style environment and share the day’s work. This gathering allows the artists an invaluable opportunity to gain insight from their colleagues. The Colony is the ultimate think tank of veteran Broadway and young working professionals in theater today.

The 2020 writing teams are (in alphabetical order) César Alvarez, Kevin Armento, Jake Bernstein, David Buskin, Nick Butcher, Carlton Byrd, Rowen Casey, Curt Columbus, Sara Cooper, Miranda Cooper, Eloise Eonnet, Joel Esher, Sara Farb, Paul Fujimoto, Alex Grubbs, Jake Holmes, Khiyon Hursey, Michael R. Jackson, Creighton Irons, Britta Johnson, Jonathan Karpinos, Henry Lin-David, Tom Ling, Montserrat Olmos Lozano, Douglas Lyons, John McGrew, Sammy Miller, Emily Orling, Jason Pebworth, Andre Pluess, Todd Robbins, Lainie Sakakura, Lynne Shankel, Jon Shave, Katya Stanislavskaya, Alex Tripp, Gregory Van Acker, Joseph Varca, Amy Warren, Douglas Waterbury-Tieman and Joe White.

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