Well, we have been missing for a bit, haven’t we? For those of you in the northern hemisphere, relax, it’s been the Summer vacation here – although I’m never in Australia during the vacation period – so, actually, I don’t have much of an excuse now that I think about it!
So there is lots of news to report (but I can’t because it is embargoed) and unfinished blogs to work on in the next week, but today is a red letter day all of its own, as I am privileged to have made Associate Member status with the National Alliance For Musical Theatre (NAMT). NAMT was founded in 1985 as a not-for-profit organization serving the musical theatre community in the USA. Their mission is to advance musical theatre by:
- Nurturing the creation, development, production and presentation of new and classic musicals
- Providing a forum for the sharing of resources and information relating to professional musical theatre through communication, networking and programming
- Advocating for the imagination, diversity and joy unique to musical theatre
NAMT has 160 organizational members and 40 individual members, located throughout 34 states and abroad, of whom are some of the leading producers of musical theatre in the world.
NAMT is gifted with tremendously talented people. To begin with, the President of the NAMT Board is none other than Donna Lynn Hilton from Goodpseed, and amongst a first-rate Board, includes one of the great theatre practitioners in Higher Education, Henry Fonte, from the University of Miami (FL). I could go on right down through every board member, becuause it reads like a veritable ‘Who’s-who’ of savvy, passionate theatre professionals. And let’s not forget about the staff led by the inimitable Betsy King Militello and Membership Director, Adam Grosswirth.
One day Australia might have its own NAMT and an equivalent to this organisation’s totally awesome Festival of New Musicals. Created in 1989, the Festival was established to provide a forum to celebrate new musicals. To date, the Festival has introduced musical theatre producers to 220 musicals and 420 writers from around the world. More than 85% have gone on to subsequent readings, workshops, productions, tours; been licensed and/or recorded on cast albums as a direct result of the Festival. Incredible.
So, what’s happening in Australian Musical Theatre this month. Umm…..ah?……hmm!