Theatre Royal Stratford East’s 2017 Musical Theatre Workshop under way

Six new musical projects are currently under development at this year’s Theatre Royal Stratford East’s Musical Theatre Workshop.

A total of 12 artists are currently at work until 28 July under the guidance of members of the East London venue’s artistic team including MT New Writing manager Sevan Tavoukdjian and specialist tutors from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Fred Carl and Robert Lee.

Selected through a year-long search across the industry, the 12 artists include international gospel and blues recording artist Izo Fitzroy, The Voice UK finalist Vince Kidd, BRIT school graduates Lakeisha Lynch Stevens and Dominic Powell, and Soho/Royal Court writers group alumni Joyce Lee. Joining them will be Tom Wright, Ruth Chan, Abi Zakarian, Gabby Wong, Colm Molloy, Arnoud Breitbarth, and Tori-Allen Martin.

Each partnership is new and over the two weeks the writers will begin developing six new British musicals that reflect contemporary issues and lives while aiming to push the boundaries of form and structure.

The annual event aimed at revitalising the musical theatre genre in the UK was first held in 1998 and regularly attracts a broad range of participants, including singers, songwriters, musicians, novelists and composers.

Commenting on this year’s group Tavoukdjian said: “I am beyond excited by this year’s group of MTW artists. I was so inspired by last year’s group to keep finding, supporting and developing new and undiscovered voices. The work they generate will push the form and challenge the industry to support brave, bold, and new voices and stories.”

Kerry Michael, artistic director at Theatre Royal Stratford East added: “MTW has changed and grown each summer as we respond to the needs and wants of artists and as we look ahead to the growth of MT form and storytelling.

“These artists represent our promise and dedication to developing new voices and new British musical theatre while bridging the gaps between artists of all genres to create game-changing musicals.”

Angela Thomas

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