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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 a part of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, on June 26 and 27.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mark Brokaw, two original music theatre works have been selected for the 2015 Institute, which will take place June 13–28 in New Haven: gilgamesh & the mosquito, music by Bob Kelly and book and lyrics by Sam Chanse; and Ship Show, music by Ben Wexler and book and lyrics by Mark Sonnenblick. Composer and lyricist Shaina Taub (The Daughters, 2010) and bookwriter Jen Silverman have been selected as the inaugural participants of the Institute’s new Alumni Residency, to work on their new musical Robin.


Pictured: Krysta Rodriguez (left) and book writer and lyricist Ty Defoe (right), Clouds Are Pillows for the Moon, 2014. Photos by Tim Mannle.