What is the DreamWorks Theatricals Emerging Writers Program?
The DreamWorks Theatricals/MTI Theatricals Emerging Writers Program is designed to discover up-and-coming musical theatre writers with diverse perspectives and a multi-cultural points of view and provide them the opportunity to adapt DreamWorks Animation titles into live stage musicals, with the potential (but not guarantee) of a professional production and/or acquisition into the Music Theatre International catalogue for licensing.
What are the application requirements?
Applicants are required to submit the following:
a) DreamWorks Theatricals/MTI Emerging Writers Program application
b) Writing sample/song demos as outlined in the application
c) Signed release form for submitted material
d) Current résumé
e) Personal essay
f) Letter(s) of recommendation are not required but are recommended. Please review the FAQ section on letter(s) of recommendation for more information.
How many writers can apply as a team?
The maximum number of applicants on a complete writing team is three (3).
Individuals or pairs of composer/lyricists and individual book writers are also welcome to apply. Finalists who do not apply as part of a full writing team will be evaluated for compatibility and matched with collaborators during the final interview process.
If selected for the Program, what material will I be working on?
All Finalists will be given a short list of DreamWorks Animation titles and will be required to submit a brief pitch based on any title from the list. Assignments for the two selected teams will be made solely by the program administrators based on application materials and final pitches. Writers are not guaranteed to be assigned the title that they pitched.
Where is the Program located?
The majority of work will be done virtually; however, travel may be required for developmental purposes. All required travel will be arranged by DreamWorks Theatricals in accordance with the Travel & Expense provisions outlined in the Author Agreement. Applicants must reside in the United States to participate in the Program.