East European Performing Arts Platform (EEPAP) supports the
development of contemporary performing arts (dance and theatre)
in 18 countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

Music Theatre NOW: cometition for music theatre productions


Deadline: June 30, 2018


Music theatre productions which had premiered between July 2015 and June 2018 are eligible for the competition.


Music Theatre NOW (MTNOW) is the premier competition for first productions of new works, which have been professionally created anywhere in the world. Since 2008 more than 1000 world premieres of new opera and music theatre have entered our competition to take part in our unique convention that brings together practitioners and presenters from across the globe. Former winners have staged their works at various festivals around the globe, such as Operadagen (Rotterdam), Prototype Festival (New York) or Shanghai International Contemporary Theatre Festival ACT. 


A jury of five internationally acclaimed music theatre professionals will select ten outstanding productions.

These ten winners will be invited to present their works in short lectures at the international convention of Music Theater NOW at the Operadagen festival in Rotterdam, in May 2019. 


MTNOW prizewinners are winning a unique opportunity for international exposure and invaluable networking opportunities and advice from other professionals, because many curators and presenters from around the world will be invited to attend the convention. Past winners of Music Theatre NOW were invited by many producers to present their works as a result of winning the competition.

For the upcoming round several festivals have declared a serious interest in inviting prize winners to stage their productions in the near future. In addition to Operadagen Rotterdam, who have committed to show at least one production in full in 2019. These include festivals such as: Prototype Festival (New York), NOA Festival (Vilnius), Beijing Music Festival and Shanghai International Contemporary Theatre Festival ACT. 


We are looking forward to groundbreaking submissions from all forms of professional opera and music theatre. The Jury welcomes submissions that demonstrate dynamism textually, in genre, score, or staging. We welcome works made by opera and theatre institutions, works created by festivals, or works created by individuals: the jury will appreciate a broad range of submissions that demonstrate new developments and dynamism.

We also welcome works by so-called non-academic composers and works without a written score. Additionally it should be noted that singing does not  have to be part of the production. However, the competition does not allow entries that are re-workings or reinterpretations of existing music, operas or music theatre. Works such as these MAY NOT be submitted, with the exception of original musical compositions that include samples.

Special attention will be given to works, whose musical and theatrical vocabulary originates from outside of the Western European tradition. As a guideline for regions where music theatre or opera are not well defined: we encourage interdisciplinary submissions, where music plays the dominant role.


Find out more at www.mtnow.org