Pace New Musicals

Pace New Musicals

Pace New Musicals mission is to nurture the development of new musicals by student, emerging, and established musical theater writers in a safe and encouraging academic environment.  We believe that the development of new work is both necessary and pedagogically aligned with our training of the next generation of musical theater artists. Our unique location gives us access to some of the best Musical Theater creators in the world.  Pace New Musicals is a thrilling and mutually beneficial artistic and academic experience for both writer and student. Pace New Musicals is a professionally directed, semi/fully staged with “book in hand” workshop using the talent of the BFA Musical Theater program.

Pace New Musicals is proud of to have presented the following works:
2007: College by Drew Fornarola and Scott Elmgreen

2008: Luck by Brad Ross and Mark Waldrop

2009: Darling by Ryan Scott Oliver and Brett Ryback

2010: Quanah by Larry Gatlin and Tony Dodge

2011: Factory Girls by Creighton Irons, Sean Mahoney, and Maggie-Kate Coleman

2012: A Lasting Impression by Zoe Sarnak

2013: Jasper in Deadland by Ryan Scott Oliver / I Capture the Castle by Cara Reichel, Peter Foley and Marion
Adler / Make Me Bad (PNM Lab) by Drew Gasparini and Alex Brightman

2014: Little Miss Fix-It by Kirsten Guenther and Joe Son / We Foxes (PNM Lab) by Ryan Scott Oliver / Confirmed (PNM Lab) by Will Sasso and Kailey Marshall / The Stephen Schwartz Project

2015: Great Wall by Kevin So and Kevin Merritt / The Danger Year (PNM Lab) by Georgia Stitt / Esaura (PNM Lab) by John Bucchino and Mads Neilsen / Elise (PNM Lab) by Jamen Nanthakumar and Liana Wright-Mark / Songs for Slutty Girls (PNM Lab) by Kailey Marshall / An Untitled Devised Work (PNM Lab) by Joel Waggoner

2016: Rope by Ryan Scott Oliver / Privilege (PNM Lab) by Billy Goldstein, Emily Dallas and Daniel Yearwood

2017: Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat by Nikko Resla and Ben Halstead / Murder at the Gates (PNM Lab) by Steven Sater

2018: Mary & Max by Bobby Cronin and Crystal Skillman / Halona and Ophelia (PNM Lab) by Hanako Greensmith and Sandra Okuboyejo



**Submission deadline for PNM 2019 will be announced Spring 2018.**

The chosen piece will receive a developmental workshop at Pace University. There will be a two-week rehearsal period starting in January 2019 with performances open to the public at the end of January/beginning of February.

Pace New Musicals is looking for completed works that have had at least one step of previous development. All musical and dramatic styles welcome. Pace New Musicals will provide the space, actors, stage manager, and design support. Please note in your submission if there is a director and/or music director attached to the project.



  • A brief synopsis - including time period and number of scene locations.
  • A detailed character breakdown including vocal parts.
  • Full script and score.
  • Audio or video recordings of 3-5 songs that show variety and range of the score.
  • Contact information for each composer, lyricist & book writer.
  • Details on previous stages of development.


  • You will be notified in late November 2018.
  • Please include copyright clearances if they are necessary. Works cannot be considered without these.
  • If the piece is currently under option, please submit a letter from the option holder giving permission for entry.
  • Writers should be available for auditions and the rehearsal process.