An evening of work written and performed by women and trans musical theatre artists. Starting in 2016, MTF launched a new lineup of Representation Roundtables. Facilitated by Maybe Burke, Janelle Lawrence, and Molly Marinik, this Roundtable provides a forum for female, trans, and gender queer musical theatre creators where they can present their work for feedback as well as discuss issues facing representation within the musical theatre community.
A New Wave Gathering will be hosted by Cristina Pitter, directed by Awoye Timpo and features work from Aya Aziz, Éamon Boylan, Ioana Preda Buburuzan, Barb Carboy, Emily Gardner Xu Hall, Janelle Lawrence, Dana Levinson, Emily Newhouse, Kristen Plylar-Moore, Lauren Taslitz, Nora Terzo, Jessy Tomsko, and Claire Tran.
Performances by Jay Adana, Aya Aziz, Zeniba Britt, Leo Yu-Ning Chang, Grace Choi, Shan Y Chuang, Cherrye Davis, Sandy Gooen, Kat Griffin, Katie Lee Hill, Dana Levinson, Nicholas Leung, Milo Longenecker, Daniel Ryan May, Emily Newhouse, Tara Novie, Michael Protacio, Jackson Perrin, Shawn Randall, Robin Rothman, Nora Terzo, Nicole Weiss, Mandarin Wu, and more to be announced.
Musical Theatre Factory (MTF) centers musical theatre makers of excellence who exist in the intersections of underrepresented groups while providing all access programming and support for musical theatre makers to collaborate and grow together. In 5 years, MTF has been part of the development lifecycle for 130+ new musical theatre works with more than 900 volunteers amassing over 15,000 combined service hours.
Founding Artistic Director Shakina Nayfack launched Musical Theatre Factory Inc (MTF) in January 2014 as a collective for early-career musical theatre makers interested in changing the way new musicals are developed in New York City. Through a series of community brainstorms, MTF developed a series of unique programs known today as the Assembly Line; a process that includes readings, concerts, workshops, and public performances – all at no cost to the artists. With an 18-month gift of subsidized space, founding MTF artists built a 780 square-foot black box theater in the heart of midtown Manhattan., opening its doors to the public on May 31, 2014.