We are cultivating new, vibrant partnerships with other arts organizations in NYC such Bushwick Starr, The Shed, and JACK, and national organizations like the Village Theatre and NAMT, so that our work can continue to reach beyond the walls of our space in the East Village. Through these collaborations, we are able to grow our community and give our work and artists the space, time, and exposure needed to thrive.
These key organizations are long term partners of MTF who share our passion for creating new musical theatre and will provide crucial services for the MTF Makers™ program; these organizations share a mission for new work and values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Beehive Dramaturgy Studio
The MTF/Beehive partnership provides all MTF participants with mission critical dramaturgy to refine their work throughout the development process at no cost to the artist. Beehive Dramaturgy Studio was founded to make skilled dramaturgy accessible to any playwright, director, composer, producer, or other theater practitioner who wishes to add a dramaturg to their process.
As space and time are also vital to the creative process, we are grateful to be a resident company of Playwrights Horizons. As a resident company, we receive generous support in space for office and rehearsal use, mentorship and building networks for administration. Playwrights is involved in moving MTF shows towards production—one of our founding members, Michael, R. Jackson (who went through every point on the assembly line) premiered his musical A Strange Loop at Playwrights Horizons in 2019.
One of our key partnerships that we have cultivated is with the historic Joe’s Pub. MTF programs a series of monthly concerts that provide a platform for our artists in a world renowned venue. Our Joe’s Pub series has afforded us the ability to give countless artists who are creating radical, inclusive, intentional new work the platform for their professional NYC debuts and help them to gain to visibility in the field.
Signature makes an extended commitment to a playwright’s body of work, producing several plays by each resident writer and delivering an intimate and immersive journey into the playwright’s singular vision. In 2014 Signature became the first New York City company to receive the Regional Theater Tony Award®.
Judson Memorial Church
For decades, the building has served as a home for experimental, boundary-pushing art. In a city bursting with budding artists, the ever-growing scarcity of open, inviting space is especially disheartening. So Judson continues to pursue their nurturing artistic mission: offering a haven for creative bursts that may evaporate in a puff of smoke, may send sparks flying, and may explode our comfortable complacency. And Judson cherishes every one of these moments as sacred.
DreamYard is an anti-racist, pro-justice organization. They work to dismantle racist systems and undo centuries of race-based injustice in the attempt to heal the deep trauma that racism causes throughout our communities.
Ancram Opera House
Ancram Opera House presents a mix of contemporary theatre, alternative cabaret, and community programs. Located in the Hudson River Valley in a former grange hall converted into an intimate and flexible space, AOH offers a unique opportunity to directly engage, up close, with visionary theatre artists at the top of their field yet rarely seen in our region.
Funkadelic Studios supports our work with donated and discounted backline rehearsal studio space. This was a partnership born to support Funkadelic Studios prides itself on having everything a musician needs to continuously advance their career. They offer discounts for teaching sessions, open mic nights, weekly jam sessions, affordable event space, and internship opportunities. Equipment repairs, gear rental and gear storage are a few more of the services they provide! In partnership with MTF, Funkadelic has provided Makers with discounted and subsidized rehearsal space and access to resources.
Poetic Theatre Productions
Poetic Theatre Productions co-produces concerts and events to offer more showcase opportunities. Poetic Theater Productions seeks to define the modern genre of “poetic theater” by connecting and fostering a community of artists who are passionately creating relevant and accessible work and reinvigorating a conscious theater of language. Poetic Theater Productions offers resources and opportunities for poets, playwrights, and theater artists to create new work and see it through to production via educational workshops, developmental readings and performance.