In Development

Aaron Hastelow and Sara Farb. Photo by Dahlia Katz

Musical Development

The Musical Stage Company is one of the few organizations in Canada committed to developing new musicals. The following are eight initiatives designed to help develop Canadian writers, composers, and bookwriters.

The Aubrey & Marla Dan Fund for New Musicals

The Aubrey and Marla Dan Fund for New Musicals is the first ever annual fund dedicated exclusively to the commissioning of new Canadian musical works.

The Crescendo Series

The Crescendo Series offers an unprecedented breakthrough for a composer of musical theatre in Canada through a three-year residency and commitment to produce three of their new musicals.

Launch Pad

Launch Pad is an innovative new program that makes a strategic investment in leading Canadian musical theatre writers and collaborators. 

NoteWorthy is a program dedicated to developing and matching emerging Canadian composers, lyricists, and playwrights to explore artistic collaboration in a writing laboratory.

General Submissions

Please read our policy on general musical submissions here.

Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators

The Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators is a body of funding for new musical theatre development allocated through the Ontario Arts Council.

Writer’s Retreats

Throughout each of our seasons, The Musical Stage Company is proud to offer a series of writing retreats that take place both in Toronto and across Ontario.  

First Drafts

In partnership with Sheridan College, First Drafts is the continued development of three musicals (seven emerging writers) chosen directly from our 2021 Noteworthy cohort.