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The New Opera and Musical Theater Initiative (NOMTI) is a group of musical theater writers who support each other in creating high-quality new works for musical theater. More information can be found at About Us and Who We Are.


The Advanced Writers Lab of the New Opera & Musical Theater Initiative is accepting applications (due September 30, 2012) for its 2012-2013 cycle, which begins October 20, 2012.

The Advanced Writers Lab is a peer-feedback group open to a limited number of experienced book-writers, composers and lyricists who meet monthly to present new work in various stages of development, and/or to refine their craft and meet new collaborators.
The 2012-13 Lab will have two ongoing simultaneous programs: the Craft Lab and the Project Lab. The Craft Lab focuses on craft-building exercises, often prepared in collaboration with another Lab member. Any member may also make a separate application to present a particular project for development in the Project Lab. Project proposals may be submitted at any time during the year.
The Advanced Writers Lab meets 11 times per year, from 10am to 4pm on the on the third Saturday of every month September through July. The Lab provides up to four singing actors per session to read members’ work, with some rehearsal time provided. Writers give and receive supportive, constructive feedback immediately following the presentations.
Collaborations are highly encouraged, as are new project proposals.
The deadline for application is September 30, 2012. All applications are requested by e-mail to admissions “at” Applications will be reviewed by AWL facilitators. For more details and an application form, click here.


NOMTI Advanced Writers Lab member and alumni readings, productions and publications:

Car Talk: The Musical!!! with book and lyrics by Wesley Savick and music by Michael Wartofsky is running from June 14 to September 16, 2012, at Central Square Theater in Cambridge, co-produced by Underground Railway Theater and Suffolk University. Based on the National Public Radio show and featuring original voice-overs by Click and Clack themselves, the show stars Leigh Barrett, Maureen Keiller, Scott Severance, Aimee Dougherty and Tiffany Chen. The production has been extended three times. Songs and scenes from Car Talk: The Musical!!! were workshopped in NOMTI’s Advanced Writers Lab. More info at

Cupcake, with lyrics by David Reiffel, book by Bradley Seeman and music by Michael Wartofsky, was produced by GBA Productions at Club Café for 21 performances from May 10-June 24, 2012. Directed by Guy Ben-Aharon, the cast featured Karen MacDonald, Mark Linehan, Grant MacDermott, Hallie Brevetti and Max Sangerman. Cupcake was developed actively in NOMTI’s Advanced Writers Lab. More info at

Foreverman, with book, music and lyrics by Brett Boles, was produced in the 2012 New York Musical Theatre Festival. The production was directed by Stephen Nachamie. Songs and scenes from Foreverman were workshopped in NOMTI’s Advanced Writers Lab. More info at

Miriam Raiken-Kolb's musical Sara Crewe, which was developed in NOMTI’s Advanced Writers Lab, has been published by Dramatic Publishing. Congratulations, Miriam!

Silver Spoon, another show developed in the Advanced Writers Lab with book by Amy Merrill and music and lyrics by Si Kahn, premiered at the Central Square Theater in Cambridge, MA in May/June 2011 and went on to be produced at Heritage Music Theatre, Sebastopol, CA, in April/May 2012.

Stand Up and Shout – Rumpelstiltskin!, a collaboration between alums Stephen Murray and Robert Kinerk, was released by Eldridge Publishing of Tallahassee, Fla., and was produced at The Majestic Theater in West Springfield through Aug. 8, 2012.

That's Princess...With a Pea! by Elliott Baker will be published by Eldridge Publishing in 2012. Scenes and songs were workshopped in NOMTI’s Advanced Writers Lab.



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