News you can use

Here’s a rundown of news and announcements that happened while I was away for the holidays:

The National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) is accepting submissions for its Festival of New Musicals, set for New York in the fall. Submission information and the online application are available at The eight shows selected will receive fully-funded 45-minute professional readings for an industry audience of more than 600 people. The writers will also each receive a $500 honorarium for being selected for the Festival of New Musicals. Submissions from non-member professional theaters and literary agents must be postmarked by Jan. 25 (there’s a $60 registration fee). Submissions from members and past festival writers must be submitted by Feb. 15. Any writer may apply as long as the submission includes a letter of endorsement from a NAMT member, any other professional theater, a commercial producer or an agent. Past winners have included Thoroughly Modern Millie (1996) and The Drowsy Chaperone (2004).

— This summer Tim Evanicki is opening Starving Artist Studios, a performing-arts school at the corner of Mills Avenue and Princeton Street in Orlando. The school, to be built in the Loch Haven  Veterinary Hospital building, will offer classes in acting, voice, dance, piano and instrumental music. Evanicki attended both the Juilliard School and the Eastman School of Music and has been teaching voice and piano since he moved to Orlando in 2004. Registration for classes will begin in March, and the school is expected to open in August. More details:

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington,D.C. is launching a two-year management-training program for 48 arts groups in the Orlando area. The program, which will begin Jan. 13 with a seminar  by Kennedy Center president Michael Kaiser, is supposed to strengthen the groups in areas such as fund-raising, marketing, strategic planning, season planning and board development. Five more seminars will take place in the next two years, along with web-based seminars and on-site consultations with the participating arts groups. Here’s a list of the participating groups:

  • Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens
  • Arts & Cultural Alliance of Central Florida
  • The Association to Preserve African American Society, History and Tradition, Inc. (PAST, Inc.)
  • The Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community (PEC)
  • Atlantic Center for the Arts
  • Awakening/art & culture
  • Bach Festival Society of Winter Park
  • Brevard Cultural Alliance, Inc.
  • The Center for Contemporary Dance, Inc.
  • Central Florida Ballet
  • Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
  • Community Concepts Services, Inc. (CCSI)
  • Crealdé School of Art
  • Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
  • Enzian Theater
  • FantasyLand Theatrical Productions and Chrysalis Winterguard
  • Festival of Orchestras
  • Florida Historical Society
  • Friends of Mead Botanical Garden
  • Garden Theatre, Inc.
  • Global Peace Film Festival
  • Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Cultural Complex, Inc.
  • Historic Sanford Welcome Center
  • Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of FL
  • Leesburg Center for the Arts/Leesburg Art Festival
  • Mad Cow Theatre
  • Maitland Art and History Association
  • Mennello Museum of American Art
  • MicheLee Puppets, Inc.
  • Mount Dora Center for the Arts
  • Museum of Florida Art
  • Orange County Arts Education Center
  • Orange County Regional History Center
  • Orlando Ballet, Inc.
  • Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival
  • Orlando Museum of Art
  • The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Inc.
  • Orlando Repertory Theatre, Inc.
  • Orlando Science Center
  • Orlando Shakespeare Theater
  • Osceola Center for the Arts
  • Polk Arts Alliance
  • Seminole Cultural Arts Council
  • Southeastern University Performing Arts
  • Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center
  • Winter Park Historical Association
  • The Winter Park Playhouse
  • Youth Experiencing Art, Inc.

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