Musicals Made in Milwaukee
“MKE MaKEs” is a series to develop and present world premiere music theatre works. The program will encompass a wide range of new musical works from never-before-produced readings to fully produced world premieres.
“Made in Milwaukee” is a proud moniker we will apply to all works under the MKE Makes umbrella,” said Michael Unger, Skylight Music Theatre Artistic Director. “Skylight feels that it is critical to the survival of the American music theatre to foster new works and new writers and encourage voices we have not yet heard to take center stage.”
For the inaugural season, the series will focus on never-before-produced musicals by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) writers and composers from across the country, and is seeking submissions for consideration. BIPOC writers should submit their works via an online form here.
A diverse team of readers will evaluate all submissions and move selected scripts to the semi-final evaluation stage for review of full scripts and demos of the scores. The submission deadline is November 1, 2020 and writers will be notified by February 1, 2021 if their work has been selected. Skylight hopes to present one or more of the finalists in staged readings in spring 2022 at the Broadway Theatre Center, Skylight Music Theatre’s home in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.
“New works are central to Skylight’s future vision,” said Unger. “In light of events in our communities and in the news, this new series is a way to provide support to the Black Lives Matter movement by giving a voice and a platform for stories by and about people of color. This initiative will be the first step in the critical mission of developing new works and new voices culminating in staged readings at Skylight, and, eventually, possible world premiere productions on our mainstage. The eventual goal is to contribute new music theatre works to be seen on stages in Milwaukee, across the country and around the world.”
The team of readers reviewing submissions for the MKE Makes inaugural focus on BIPOC Artists includes Lili-Anne Brown, Dr. Wallace Cheatham, Mike Fischer, David Flores, Sheri Williams Pannell, Bruce Pomahac, Jill Anna Ponasik, Dr. John Ray Proctor, Christie Chiles Twillie, Susan Varela and Michael Unger.
Authors interested in submitting materials should fill out the form here describing the work and submit 15-20 pages of the script and recordings of three songs. It is required that these original works be written by at least one BIPOC writer and not been previously produced in full productions. Photos and bios of all authors are also required. Submission deadline is Sunday, November 1, 2020.
Writers whose work has been selected will be notified by Monday, February 1, 2021.