Artists announced for new International Musical Theatre Residency

News 8 Feb 2024

The Traverse is delighted to be partnered on a pioneering new creative residency programme taking place this Spring.

This is a new two-week international programme for emerging and established book writers, composers, and lyricists from the UK, India, and the United States, taking place Mon 4 - Sat 17 March 2024. The programme will see writing teams provided with an immersive and creative space to freely connect, develop, collaborate and create ideas for new musical theatre works.

Artists were invited to apply as teams of up to three collaborators with a musical theatre idea in need of development, ready to take it to the next stage in its creation. Following a competitive selection process that saw nearly 200 applications, thirteen artists will take part in the residency fortnight, with a diverse range of creative voices at different ages and stages of career.

The artistic collaborators will include Debbie Hannan and Andy McGregor; Linda McLean and David Paul Jones; Samir Bhamra, Devesh Sodha and Robby Khela; Jonathan O’Neill and Issac Savage; Nikki Lynette and Lili-Anne Brown; and Sushma Soma.

As a partner the Traverse will play a valuable role in supporting the artists by providing a rich and varied set of expertise from our Artistic Team. Along with other partners on the project we are committed to developing the musical theatre landscape, both in Scotland and further afield by investing in artists' development, allowing them to explore new ideas and nurture projects as well as fostering relationships with new and existing collaborators.

The residency has been developed by Dundee Rep Theatre and Cove Park alongside twelve Scottish and international partners, making it one of the largest collaborative projects in the recent history of the performing arts in Scotland.