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.
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mark Brokaw, two original music theatre works have been selected for the 2016 Institute, which will take place June 12–25 in New Haven: Blessing, music and lyrics by Andrew R. Butler, book by Andrew Duncan Farmer; and The White City, music by Avi Amon, book and lyrics by Julia Gytri. Composer Tim Rosser and bookwriter and lyricist Charlie Sohne will be working on their new musical Run Away Home through the Institute’s Alumni Residency. They developed their musical, The Profit of Creation, at the Institute in 2011.
Pictured: Composer Tidtaya Sinutoke, Clouds Are Pillows for the Moon, 2014; Jesse Manocherian, gilgamesh and the mosquito, 2015. Photos by Tim Mannle.