CAP21 offers a variety of developmental processes for new work (plays and musicals). The process may include meetings with artistic staff, in house readings, stage readings, and productions, and is tailored to each individual project.
THE ARTISTS RESIDENCY
CAP21's Artists Residency Program is awarded to emerging New York musical theatre artists for either a one year or two year period. Recipients include composers, lyricists, directors, and fellow theatre companies. The residency provides comprehensive support for the creation of new work and each residency is individualized to meet the specific needs of the artist/s. CAP21 developed this program to address the critical need for rehearsal and presentation/performance space for emerging New York theatre artists. In addition to space, the program also include guidance from our artistic staff, marketing support, and the opportunity to participate in CAP21's other New Works Development programming (below).
THE WRITERS RESIDENCY
The Writers Residency is a two-week space residency for writers. Three times per year, 8-15 writers and/or writing teams are selected and provided with studio space and a piano to work on new material.
These are private, in-house table readings of a new musical or play. The readings are followed by a discussion of the piece with the writer(s), CAP21's artistic staff, and the actors.
MONDAY NIGHT READINGS
These stage readings of new work are an opportunity for the writer(s) to see their new musical or play in front of an audience. The readings are followed by an optional talk-back with the audience or a private meeting with CAP21's artistic staff.
CAP21 produces new work in its state-of-the-art black box year round. Each production enjoys a 3-4 week run.
CAP21's New Artist and New Works Development Program is made possible by The ASCAP Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Dramatists Guild Fund and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
CAP21's New Artist and New Works Development Program is made possible by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature
Joshua Salzman and Ryan Cunningham's show Next Thing You Know was produced at CAP21 in our 2011 season. Joshua and Ryan later received the Jonathan Larson Grant Award by the American Theatre Wing on March 24, 2013.
The CAP21 production of "Next Thing You Know" played a vital role in the development of the show's orchestrations. Hearing the songs night after night performed by an outstanding team of actors and musicians was a crucial step in solidifying the musical score.
- Joshua Salzman
CAP21 was an invaluable partner in helping turn "Next Thing You Know" from a song cycle into a book musical. The chance to hear the show out loud, and to collaborate with this incredible team of artists was hugely helpful in the development of our show.
- Ryan Cunningham
(The Writers Residency 2011)
-Kate Ferber and Louis Greenstein
(Author of One Child Born)