Eugene O’Neill Theater Center now accepting applications for the 2024 National Music Theater Conference

The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center is now accepting applications for the 2024 National Music Theater Conference. The submission window will remain open until Monday, October 16, 2023, at 11:59pm PST.

The National Music Theater Conference supports all styles and genres of music theater, including song-cycles, operas, theater for young audiences, and experimental work. Musicals are eligible for the Conference if they have not yet received a professional production. Submissions must include 30 pages of the script, up to five demos, and the writing team’s developmental goals. Writers do not need an agent or professional representation to apply.

“I am continually amazed at the creativity and vulnerability exhibited by the authors of the submitted pieces and I know this year will be the same,” Artistic Director Alexander Gemignani said. “We cannot wait to dive into submissions for NMTC 2024.”

Selected pieces will receive a two-week-long, writer-driven workshop in the summer of 2024. The workshops will feature a cast and crew of industry professionals and will include three public readings. During the two-week workshop period, writers are encouraged to spend time rewriting and experimenting with their piece as well as enjoying the O’Neill’s beautiful seaside campus in Waterford, CT.

Scripts should be submitted to the online application form at A $20 fee offsets the costs of the administration of the application process and submission platform. The O’Neill is committed to continuing to reduce fees for all professional programs, with a goal of reaching a $15 submission fee when it reopens applications in the fall of 2024. If the fee is a barrier to submission, a number of waivers are also available on a first-come, first-serve basis and can be requested on the O’Neill’s website prior to beginning an application.

More information about the National Music Theater Conference and its application process is available at



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About the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center:

The Launchpad of the American Theater, the O’Neill is the country’s preeminent organization dedicated to the development of new works and new voices for the American theater. Founded in 1964, and named in honor of Eugene O’Neill, four-time Pulitzer Prize-winner and America’s only playwright to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, the O’Neill has been home to more than 1,000 new works for the stage and thousands more emerging artists. Scores of projects developed at the O’Neill have gone on to full production at theaters around the world. O’Neill programs include the National Playwrights Conference, National Music Theater Conference, National Critics Institute, National Puppetry Conference, Cabaret & Performance Conference, and National Theater Institute – which offers six credit-earning undergraduate training programs. In addition, the O’Neill owns and operates the Monte Cristo Cottage as a museum open to the public. The O’Neill is the recipient of two Tony Awards and the National Medal of Arts.