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national music theater conference

The National Music Theater Conference is the nation's premier program for the development of all styles and genres of music theater, offering selected works a two-week writer-focused development process.

Application Dates

October 2–16, 2023

Conference Dates

2024 Dates Coming Soon!

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The National Music Theater Conference proudly supports the development of all styles and genres of music theater, including musicals, song cycles, operas, and hybrid works. In keeping with the ethos of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, the National Music Theater Conference strives to create a supportive, collaborative environment in which emerging and established artists alike are welcome to explore, experiment, and take risks with their work-in-progress.

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Funding for the National Music Theater Conference is provided by The Shubert Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Rodgers & Hammerstein Foundation, and Actors’ Equity Foundation.

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