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.

To view the submissions breakdown in PDF format click here. Please fill out our Google Form to submit your application.

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

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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.

To view the submissions breakdown in PDF format click here. Please fill out our Google Form to submit your application.

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

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

To view the submissions breakdown in PDF format click here. Please fill out our Google Form to submit your application.

Noteworthy Submissions MUST include:

  • A two-page (maximum) letter of interest that includes:
  • Outlines your artistic philosophy, outlook, and major influences,
  • Describes your practice (book / book & lyrics / music / music & lyrics / lyrics only)
  • Explains why are you interested in NoteWorthy
  • A maximum of 3 work samples

*We especially encourage folx who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, LGBTQ2S+, d/Deaf, Mad, Disabled/People with Disabilities, and/or Neurodiverse to submit.

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
Deadlines for Submissions: October 30, 2020 by 11:59 p.m
Please direct any questions to ray@musicalstagecompany.com.