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 In line with NAMT’s strategic plan, we are thrilled to announce the return of our Festival Observership for Early-Career Directors for the 31st Annual Festival of New Musicals.

To encourage and expand diversity in the musical theatre pipeline, a key point of NAMT’s strategic plan, this program will provide these opportunities specifically for:

  • Directors of color
  • Directors with disabilities
  • Women directors
  • LGBTQ directors

All who self-identify with one or more of these categories and consider themselves early-career directors are encouraged to apply for the program. While not a requirement, we suggest applicants have at least one professional assistant directing credit.

The observership will invite eight early-career directors with a demonstrated interest in musical theatre to be a part of the NAMT Festival process from start to finish. The selected observers will gain first-hand exposure to the new musical development process, learning the techniques that established directors employ while working with writers to bring a new musical to life. In addition to joining the Festival process, the selected observers will receive a Premiere Pass to the Festival, an invitation to NAMT’s Fall Conference (typically open only to NAMT members), a small stipend, and an exclusive chance to be introduced to the NAMT membership, made up of some of the world’s leading musical theatre producers, prior to the Festival. Additional networking opportunities will be announced at a later date.

Please visit the NAMT website for details and a Q&A regarding the program prior to submitting your application. You can learn more about the NAMT Festival here.

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The application will close at 11:59pm ET on June 16, 2019.

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