Music Theater Now – Open Call

The international Music Theatre NOW competition is entering its next round – with new partner organizations and a new focus. All artistic disciplines whose central element is music are permitted. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2021.

The prestigious Music Theatre NOW Award seeks to honour daring and groundbreaking forms of professionally produced new works from the most vibrant interdisciplinary art form of the present time. From new opera to interactive audio-spatial experience, from staged concert to hybrid streaming aesthetics. 

The Music Theatre NOW Network in cooperation with the International Theatre Institute calls creators from all over the world to submit first productions of new works that premiered between July 2018 and June 2021 to the only international competition for music theatre and new opera.

Prizewinners will be invited to festivals and venues from partners of our network, where they will be able to present their work in various forms. This promotion of new music theatre has been a launchpad for several successful international careers.

Open to all forms

Due to the current worldwide situation that challenges the performing arts, the Music Theatre NOW competition is for the first time open to all forms of multi- and intermedia presentations – including interactive online works, live audio experiences and of course staged performances – as long as they integrate a performative aspect. We are looking forward to your explorations of new aesthetics that push boundaries and tackle contemporary issues.

Our idea of music theatre is as wide as possible and encourages interdisciplinary submissions where music plays a dominant role from all parts of the world to take part – independently from the musical and theatrical tradition, their form of staging or presentation and their means of professional production.

Internationally renowned jury

A five-member internationally renowned jury (DU Yun, Shanghai/China & New York/USA | Marlene LE ROUX, Cape Town/South Africa | Pamela LOPEZ, Santiago/Chile | Paola PRESTINI, New York/USA, Rainer SIMON, Berlin/Germany) will select a total of at least 6 prizewinning works that are exemplary in terms of the contemporary developments in music theatre for this unique opportunity of Music Theatre NOW Competition 2021.

Find out more about the jury, what to win, how to submit projects and necessary criteria on the festival website.

Deadline for submission is June 30th 2021.

Presented by the Music Theatre NOW Network
in cooperation with the International Theatre Institute
and O. Festival for Opera. Music. Theatre.
with support of ITI The Netherlands


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