Dundee Rep Resident Composer Announced

October 23rd, 2018

Mercury Musical Developments, Musical Theatre Network & Dundee Rep Theatre are delighted to announce that Cassie Kinoshi will be The Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer at Dundee Rep Theatre, commencing January 2019.

(Photographer: Bunny Bread)

“It is a privilege to have been chosen as the next Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer; this scheme will contribute greatly to my development as a creative. An integral part of my career so far has been to continuously put myself in environments where I will be exposed to new ways of approaching creativity and encouraged to experiment. I’m extremely excited to be welcomed into Dundee Rep; an inspiring theatre whose ethos focuses heavily on encouraging the public of all ages to interact directly with art. I really admire the space it provides for such a varied and diverse range of art-makers and that the programme does not shy away from pieces which are a social commentary on the current state of our society. Being a part of the residency will push me to explore new and perhaps unfamiliar compositional realms and be a significant part of my creative progression.” – Cassie Kinoshi, Composer

“We’re thrilled that Cassie will be joining us here at Dundee Rep on the first ever Scottish placement of the Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer scheme. Here at the Rep we have a strong emphasis on storytelling through song and the development of new music theatre. Cassie will be a welcome addition to the artistic forces here and we look forward to welcoming her into the Rep family as an emerging creative.” – Andrew Panton, Artistic Director, Dundee Rep Theatre

Mercury Musical Developments and Musical Theatre Network run The Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer scheme, which is made possible by funding from the Cameron Mackintosh Foundation. Through this scheme musical theatre composers are paired with a producing theatre, and given the opportunity to be involved in a range of work which could include underscoring plays, setting text to music or creating their own new work. Recent venues have included the Royal Shakespeare Company, Lyric Hammersmith, Leeds Playhouse, Curve, and New Wolsey Theatre. Cassie Kinoshi is the first of five placements that MTN and MMD will be facilitating over 2018-21.

Victoria Saxton, Executive Director, MMD & James Hadley, Executive Director, MTN

Cassie Kinoshi is a London-based composer, arranger and alto-saxophonist best known for her work with jazz septet Nérija (Parliamentary Jazz Award Winners 2017, Best Newcomer), Afrobeat band Kokoroko and her own large ensemble SEED. Cassie is currently developing a musical, NOVA, based on African-American sci-fi author Samuel R. Delany’s 1968 novel of the same name. She is a BMus Hons Composition graduate from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance. Alongside working frequently within the world of jazz music and live performance, Cassie has also written for short film, theatre and contemporary dance as well as professional classical ensembles such as the Benyounes Quartet and members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Other current & recent work includes composing for ‘SuperBlackMan’ by Lekan Lawal at Battersea Arts Centre, underscoring work by Sonali Bhattacharyya and Shireen Mula for the Connect Now Series 2018 at the Old Vic Theatre, and composing the scores to short films ‘Undercurrent’ and ‘On an Empty Stomach’. Cassie has also written and arranged music for events such as Women of the World Festival 2017 (Royal Festival Hall), EFG London Jazz Festival 2011-17 (Barbican Centre/Cadogan Hall/South Bank Centre), and Felabration! 2016 (British Library). Her compositions and performances have been showcased on BBC Radio 3 (Jazz on 3/Late Junction) and at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance (Bonnie Bird Theatre). She has also worked as Musical Director at the Royal Festival Hall for the Tomorrow’s Warriors Female Ensemble (Women of the World Festival 2017) and as bandleader in various performance settings. Her ten-piece ensemble SEED will be releasing an album with label Jazz Re:freshed in 2019.

Mercury Musical Developments is a not-for-profit membership organisation that is dedicated to nurturing new musical theatre writing. Our membership of over 400 bookwriters, lyricists and librettist have access to a range of development and showcasing initiatives including seminars, masterclasses and professional residencies and Writers Labs designed to further their craft and career. We actively seek out commissions, build professional networks and are ambassadors on behalf of all our members. At MMD our aim is to support and represent the writers who are shaping the future of British musical theatre. To find out more about MMD go to www.mercurymusicals.com or contact victoria@mercurymusicals.co.uk

Musical Theatre Network is a not-for-profit membership organisation, bringing people and resources together to improve infrastructure and opportunities for new musical theatre in the UK. Our membership is a national network of producers, theatre venues, directors, higher education organisations and others staging or developing musicals. In partnership with its members, MTN works to strengthen and diversify the new musical theatre sector nationwide, and so support development of the artform. We run a year-round programme of sector and professional development events, and raise awareness of new musical theatre productions around the UK. To learn more about MTN visit www.musicaltheatrenetwork.com or contact James@musicaltheatrenetwork.com

MMD and MTN gratefully receive core funding from Arts Council England as Sector Support Organisations within the National Portfolio. Together they co-produce the UK Musical Theatre Conference and BEAM industry showcase of new musical theatre on alternating years.

Dundee Rep Theatre’s mission is to create unmissable experiences which engage, support and take risks. Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre Limited is the charity behind Dundee Rep Theatre and Scottish Dance Theatre. These organisations sit at the cultural heart of Scotland and the City of Dundee. Founded in 1939, the Rep is a centre of creative energy, a space for engagement with a wide range of art forms, whilst also playing a lead role in arts education and engagement across the city and beyond. Proud of its Scottish roots, the organisation looks outwards, creating and delivering work for a local audience, as well as on a national and international scale, for and with a diverse audience. At the heart of the Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre vision is the belief that artistic and creative experience of the highest quality should be open and available to all. www.dundeerep.co.uk