Established in 2009, the YALE INSTITUTE FOR MUSIC THEATRE is a program of Yale’s Binger Center for New Theatre that bridges the gap between training and the professional world for emerging composers, book writers, and lyricists. The Institute seeks distinctive and original music theatre works to be developed in an intensive two-week summer lab at Yale School of Drama. The Institute matches the authors of the selected works with collaborators, including professional directors and music directors, as well as a company of actors and singers that includes professionals and current Yale students. The lab culminates with open rehearsal readings of each project, presented as part of New Haven’s International Festival of Arts & Ideas.
Composers, book writers, or lyricists may apply as individuals or as part of a team. At least one collaborator must be a current graduate student; have graduated from an accredited degree-granting institution (undergraduate or graduate) no earlier than May 2011; or be a current Yale student (undergraduate or graduate).
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mark Brokaw, two original music theatre works have been selected for the 2017 Institute, which will take place June 10–25 in New Haven: Cowboy Bob, created by Molly Beach Murphy, Jeanna Phillips, and Annie Tippe, book by Molly Beach Murphy, music and lyrics by Jeanna Phillips; and GUMBO music by Brett Macias, book and lyrics by Christina Quintana. Julia Meinwald and Gordon Leary have been invited to this year’s Alumni Residency, where they will work on their new musical REB + VoDKa + ME. Their projectm Pregancy Pact, was a part of the 2011 Institute.
The Yale Institute for Music Theatre is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and considers all participants without regard to an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.
Pictured: Composer Tidtaya Sinutoke, Clouds Are Pillows for the Moon, 2014; Jesse Manocherian, gilgamesh and the mosquito, 2015. Photos by Tim Mannle.