NoteWorthy

Noteworthy 2019. Photo by Dahlia Katz.
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NoteWorthy

Offered bi-annually, NoteWorthy allows composers, lyricists and playwrights from across Canada to build foundational skills through master classes and guided collaborative writing assignments. The program will be offered entirely online this season and made available to the largest cohort of artists ever with national representation.

To help ensure that the future of musical theatre better represents a diverse range of stories and voices, the 2020-2021 NoteWorthy program will exclusively support BIPOC artists from across Canada. All participating artists will receive access to the program for free as well as an honorarium to help them reserve the necessary time required for participation in this two-month program. The program will also be led and facilitated by a completely BIPOC artistic team with top international facilitators leading discussions for artists coast to coast.

A Musical Stage Company Program in Association with Prime Mover Theatre Company

Sponsors

Program Sponsor
Leading Light
Andrew Gillespie

NoteWorthy

Offered bi-annually, NoteWorthy allows composers, lyricists and playwrights from across Canada to build foundational skills through master classes and guided collaborative writing assignments. The program will be offered entirely online this season and made available to the largest cohort of artists ever with national representation.

To help ensure that the future of musical theatre better represents a diverse range of stories and voices, the 2020-2021 NoteWorthy program will exclusively support BIPOC artists from across Canada. All participating artists will receive access to the program for free as well as an honorarium to help them reserve the necessary time required for participation in this two-month program. The program will also be led and facilitated by a completely BIPOC artistic team with top international facilitators leading discussions for artists coast to coast.

A Musical Stage Company Program in Association with Prime Mover Theatre Company

NoteWorthy 2020-21 include:

Aaron Jan
Ahmed Moneka
Alaska B
Andrew Moodie
Chantal Forde
Chris Tsujiuchi
Frances Koncan
Hal Wesley Rogers
Jake Runeckles
Jennifer Villaverde
Jewelle Blackman
Jordan Laffrenier
Joseph Aragon
Kodie Rollan
Luke Reece
Maddie Bautista
Makram Ayache
Marcia Johnson
Maria Aragon
Meghan Swaby
Nicole Brooks
Renae Morriseau
Riel Reddick-Stevens
Varman Navaratnam

Taran Kootenhayoo, a 27-year-old Indigenous artist, actor, advocate, poet, playwright, and would-be NoteWorthy 2020-21 participant — passed away suddenly on December 31, 2020. Taran was Denesuliné and Stoney Nakoda. Born in Cold Lake Alberta, he was a member of the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation.  The Musical Stage Company is deeply saddened to share this news and sends love and support to all that knew and loved him.

A GoFundMe page in memory of Taran has been set up to support final arrangements as well as any expenses that may help family members that need to travel, accommodation, and the cost of living as they grieve. Click here to visit and donate to the Fund.

Alumni of NoteWorthy include:

Bookwriters:

Fatuma Adar
Shannon Currie
Ellen Denny
Kanika Ambrose
Nam Nguyen
Rose Napoli
Maja Ardal
Liza Balkan
Marjorie Chan
Anna Chatterton
Chris Craddock
Sara Farb
Steven Gallagher
Amiel Gladstone
Beth Graham
Andrew Kushnir
Rosa Laborde
Matt Murray
Alex Poch-Goldin
Tracey Power
Erin Shields
Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
Julie Tepperman
Vern Thiessen

Composers/Lyricists:

Njo Kong Kei
Alice Lin
Avery Jean Brennan
Aaron Jenson
Suzy Wilde
Joseph Tritt
Colleen Dauncey
Dorothy Dittrich
Zachary Florence
Bram Gielen
Reza Jacobs
Britta Johnson
Bryce Kulak
Yan Li
Anton Lipovetsky
Kieren MacMillian
Andrew Penner
Dustin Peters
Nicky Phillips
Akiva Romer-Segal
Adam Sakiyama
Kevin Wong

The NoteWorthy Program

OBJECTIVES

To bring voices into the world of music theatre creation who wouldn’t otherwise have considered it & those who have felt actively excluded. To foster the development and growth of writers who are steeped in a variety of BIPOC cultural traditions. Give helpful tools without imposing unhelpful white-supremacist structures.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Over nine sessions 24 artists will alternate participating in masterclasses and writing assignment presentations. For each assignment, participants are paired with a new collaborator.

Masterclasses will be taught by international BIPOC experts in the field and are open to audit by the general public.

At the conclusion of each public masterclass, a participant’s only-session will be held to dive deeper into the subject matter, including the instructions for the following week’s writing assignment. The weekly writing assignments include:

  • Assignment 1 – Adaptation; How to Determine which Story to Tell
  • Assignment 2 – Scene into Song
  • Assignment 3 – Story Outline, Scene into Song for One Event
  • Assignment 4 – Write a 10-Minute Musical

Participant outcomes upon completion of the NOTEWORTHY program include:

  • Several work samples (written work, and audio recordings)
  • An understanding of the adaptation process
  • An understanding of the collaborative processes in musical theatre writing
  • Foundational knowledge including:
  • Use of music to heighten storytelling
  • Use of melody and lyric juxtaposed against harmony in the service of storytelling
  • Use of lyric to support melody and vice versa
  • Understanding of the narrative structure in the book to house the music and lyrics.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions for NoteWorthy 2020-21 are now closed.

Question? Please e-mail ray@musicalstagecompany.com.

Important Dates

Intensive Dates:

  • January 3 & 4
  • January 9
  • January 16 & 17
  • January 21 & 23
  • January 28 & 30
  • February 6 & 7
Please direct any questions to ray@musicalstagecompany.com.