The names of 35 established and emerging writers, composers and lyricists representing teams for 20 developing shows -- including the creators of "Urinetown" -- will converge on the Goodspeed campus in East Haddam at the end of January to be the inaugural group of the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals.
The four-week residency program from Jan. 21 to Feb. 22 will focus on works-in-progress. There will be no public performances of the work they are developing.
During the residency, industry professionals will be on campus serving as mentors for the teams led by Jonathan Brielle, writer/producer in residence and vice president of the Johnny Mercer Foundation; Bob Alwine, associate producer and Donna Lynn Cooper Hilton, Line Producer for Goodspeed Musicals. Award-winning director Michael Bush will serve as dramaturg/mentor throughout the residency.
Participants have been recognized with the Tony Award, Emmy Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Lorenz Hart Award, Kleban Award, ASCAP’s Harold Arlen Award, Fred Ebb Award, Jonathan Larson Fellowship, ASCAP Frederick Loewe Award, ASCAP Cole Porter Award for Music and Lyrics and The National Art Song Award, as well as special grants from the NEA.
Participants include: Aron Accurso, Will Aronson, Arthur Lafrentz Bacon, Sean Barry, Neil Bartram, Rob Baumgartner Jr., Jonathan Brielle, Ben Clark, Sam Davis, Christopher Dimond, Harris Doran, Laura Eason, Jenny Giering, Adam Gwon, Christy Hall, Brian Hargrove, Laura Harrington, Mark Hollmann, Victor Kazan, Hannah Kohl, Michael Kooman, Greg Kotis, Patrick Lundquist, Jordan Mann, Daniel Maté, Thomas Mizer, Curtis Moore, Adam Overett, Kevin Purcell, Jason Schafer, Benjamin Scheuer, Peter Seibert, Jeff Thomson, Beth Turcotte and Sam Willmott