On Sunday April 14 and Monday April 15 (during Philly Theatre Week), MusiCoLab will present “A Closer Look,” the first presentation in its new Spotlight Series. In this program, we will present longer excerpts (30 minutes maximum) from three or four new musicals by Philly creators.
These presentations will have more resources than the short presentations we’ve done in our Showcase Series presentation, and are intended to give creators a chance to share a more substantial portion of their new work with an audience. Each project in this program will be allocated $1,000 in funding for artistic personnel; creators may supplement those funds if they choose to do so.
Shared resources available through MusiCoLab at no additional cost include: rehearsal space during the week prior to the event in the Bluver Theater; performance space in the Bluver Theater; stage management and production management for the event; audio and video documentation; and promotion of the event. Each project will be expected to have a director and music director, if your project does not have a director or music director attached, MusiCoLab will help to match you with appropriate personnel.
To have your work considered for inclusion in this program, you are invited “pitch” your work to the MusiCoLab staff, Executive Director Charlie Gilbert and Programming Directors Michael Bihovsky and Katie Rose Horner. The pitch session will take place on Sunday, February 4 at 7pm. The pitch event will be open to observers as well as presenters, since we all benefit from knowing more about each others’ work.
Your pitch should be no more than 5 minutes in length, and there will be followup questions from the MusiCoLab staff. Your pitch should be accompanied by a one-page fact sheet submitted as a PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to pitch your show, email email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org to request a pitch slot; slots will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis, and requests to pitch should be made by February 1.
The pitch session will be held on Zoom. You can use a mix of live and pre-recorded elements in your pitch. If you want to see an example of a five-minute pitch, you can check out this pitch that I gave for “Goosefeathers” last fall. This presentation was part of a Musical Writers Academy Pitch Night, and you can view the replay of the complete pitch night here.
Submit a Fact Sheet PDF with your pitch that includes:
If you have questions about pitching your work for the Spotlight Series, please contact MusiCoLab Executive Director Charlie Gilbert.