Participants Announced For 7th Annual Johnny Mercer Foundation Writers Colony At Goodspeed
In what has become an annual ritual, a total of 34 established and emerging composers, lyricists, and librettists will converge on the Goodspeed campus from mid-January through mid-February 2019 to participate in the Johnny Mercer Foundation Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals. The writing teams, representing 21 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 22, 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 2019 writing teams are (in alphabetical order) Jill Abramovitz, Janet Allard, Brad Alexander, Ross Baum, Michael Bloom, Matt Bogart, Angelica Cheri, Tom Coasch, Carmel Dean, Ianne Fields-Stewart, Erik Forrest Jackson, Lance Horne, Melissa Li, Ray Leslee, Janine McGuire, Toby Marlow, Or Matias, Michael Medeiros, Lucy Moss, Matte O’Brien, Marshall Pailet, Abby Payne, Katy Pfaffl, Lisa Diana Shapiro, Bridget Sherman, Arri Simon, Tim Rosser, Sam Salmond, Charlie Sohne, Jenny Stafford, Georgia Stitt, Lauren Taslitz, Matt Vinson and Kit Yan.
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