New Works Program
- New Works at The 5th
- Creating New Musicals
- Investing in Local Writers
- New Works Staff
- New Works Artist Network
- Videos, Photos & More
The 5th Avenue Theatre is one of the nation’s leading producers and creators of new work, having premiered over 16 original musicals in the past 10 years. A musical cannot be created in a vacuum. Writers need actors, directors, producers, and ultimately an audience to inform their work. A new musical requires dynamic collaboration, time, space, and the freedom to test out radical changes in a safe environment. It can take anywhere from one to more than ten years for a musical to be ready to meet the stage and its first audience because, as Sondheim says, “Musicals aren’t written, they are rewritten.”
The New Works Program operates year-round to foster the creation of new musicals. From the smallest kernel of an idea to a main stage production, the New Works Program is committed to creating a positive and safe environment that supports the unique needs of each project.
The New Works Mission
New Works News and More Information
Find out more about the New Works program by checking out these useful links.
Creating New Musicals
The 5th Avenue New Works Program is dedicated to process-based development, allowing each project to take a unique development path necessary to its full realization. At the 5th Avenue, we craft a specific plan for each project that comes our way, tailored from the following opportunities (or a combination thereof).
New Works Projects and People
Check out these useful links to find out more about the New Works currently in development at The 5th.
Investing in Local Writers
The 5th Avenue Theatre continues its ongoing commitment to the support and development of our rich community of Northwest musical theater writers through the 5th Avenue Seattle Writers Group.
What The 5th Avenue Seattle Writers Group Offers
The Writers Group is a two-year program providing six writers the opportunity to attend monthly meetings to share and discuss their work in progress. They also receive staff-level access to 5th Avenue projects, space and equipment, along with a small stipend and a showcase of their work each year.
At the end of the first year, the 5th Avenue New Works Program produces a reading of three one-act musicals written by teams formed from within the group.
At the end of the second year, the 5th Avenue New Works Program will deepen the collaboration of the writing partnerships formed within the group and will produce a reading of a full-length musical written by each team.
Seattle Writers Group: People and Process
Click the links below to learn more about the wriers in our current Writers Group.
The New Works Artist Network
The 5th Avenue New Works Program is honored to support and collaborate with a vast array of writers locally, nationally and internationally. We are proud to introduce you to the many skilled and talented writers who have become part our family in the New Works Program: