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New York Musical Theatre Festival

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) exists to ensure the future vitality of musical theatre, by serving as the preeminent launching pad for a stylistically, thematically, and culturally diverse array of new musicals and providing an affordable way for artists to mount professional productions that reach their peers, industry leaders, and musical theatre audiences.

NYMF discovers, nurtures, and promotes promising artists at all stages of development, and seeks to inspire diverse audiences through vibrant, accessible, powerful new work.  Inaugurated in 2004, NYMF’s largest program is the annual festival that bears its name.  Inspired by the independent film movement, the New York Musical Theatre Festival blends the economy of scale and grassroots mechanisms of film festivals with a professional support network and technical framework designed specifically for new musicals, to provide an unrivaled showcase of new musicals and emerging talent.

The Festival gives artists the crucial chance to hone their craft and their musicals, by realizing their shows in three dimensions before a live and responsive audience — and it delivers greater production value and promotional reach than its participants could otherwise afford.  By consistently attracting the participation of well-known actors, directors and other established members of the theatre industry, the Festival has also created an environment rich with mentorship opportunities for newer artists, and made the festival a leading spot for the discovery of talented new performers, directors, choreographers, designers, and producers — as well as writers.

The largest annual musical theatre event in the world, the Festival presents 30 productions each fall in the heart of New York City’s theatre district, alongside a dazzling array of readings, concerts, and other special events.  It is attended by an audience of more than 30,000 theater lovers and by producers, talent scouts, and other industry insiders.  Of the more than 300 new musicals presented at the Festival since its inception in 2004, more than 70 have gone on to successful productions on Broadway, off-Broadway, in almost every U.S. state and in more than a dozen countries around the world.

NYMF shows have gone on to be seen in 48 out of 50 states and in over 18 countries, where they have delighted more than 2 million theatergoers and have garnered an array of awards including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 3 Tony® Awards, 2 Outer Critic Circle Awards, a Lucille Lortel Award, 3 Obie Award Citations, an Ovation Award, 2 Barrymore Awards, 6 Helen Hayes Awards, and a Richard Rodgers Award.  

Board meets midtown four nights a year.  Financial commitment is medium.  Current board, which is listed on website, includes professionals from Bernstein, Deloitte and Goldman, several lawyers and quite a few writers/directors/producers, among others.