Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer


We are delighted that Mercury Musical Developments (MMD) and Musical Theatre Network (MTN) has again been awarded funding to support five placements as part of the Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Scheme over 2015-2018. 

Through this scheme emerging professional musical theatre composers are paired with a venue, and given the opportunity to be involved in a range of work which could include underscoring plays, setting text to music or working on development of their own musical theatre material. Recent venues have included Soho Theatre, London; Bristol Old Vic; Watermill, Newbury; Mercury Theatre, Colchester; New Wolsey, Ipswich; West Yorkshire Playhouse; the Royal Shakespeare Company and Curve Leicester.

This scheme is generously funded by the Cameron Mackintosh Foundation and managed by Musical Theatre Network (MTN) and Mercury Musical Developments (MMD).

Next Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer:

Tasha Taylor Johnson is soon to be Resident Composer at Curve Leicester and is an emerging composer/lyricist and writer in the UK musical theatre scene. She’s been tipped as ‘one to watch’ and her work described as ‘different, fresh and original’ by award winning composers Richard Thomas (‘Jerry Springer the Opera’) and Grant Olding (‘One Man, Two Guv’nors’).

Tasha’s most recent musical ‘Cult!’ has been selected for inclusion in the ‘From Page to Stage’ musical theatre season at The Other Palace this summer. Her long time collaboration with Olivier Award winner Drew McOnie and company has produced ‘Good Morning Midnight’ (Jermyn Street Theatre), ‘A Ballet with Love’ (Royal Albert Hall) and ‘Shine’ (Sadlers Wells). Other works include: ‘The Journey Song’ (National Youth Ballet), ‘Claire Voyant’ (The Other Palace) and ‘Pickled’ (Central School of Speech and Drama).

She is an established solo artist, having toured the UK and played both Latitude and Wireless festivals after releasing her EP ‘Feed Your Ego’. For more information visit

Previous Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composers:

Next Resident Composer Placement:

We are thrilled that the next placement will take place at Lyric Hammersmith. The placement will commence in March 2018. The fee is calculated to cover 6 months of your time, but this can be spread across a 9-12 month period. The exact timetable and the projects to be worked on will be agreed in consultation between the composer and the venue’s Artistic Planning team, but it’s expected the successful applicant would be based at the Lyric for a significant portion of at least six months.

To be eligible to apply: you must be a composer who has already had at least one professionally produced musical theatre show (which can include paid work for a drama college or other training institute) – along with other work. We are looking for a clear on-going commitment to working in musical theatre. By musical theatre, we mean anything where music and song drive narrative. Ideally the successful applicant will be based in London for the duration of the placement period, although there is some flexibility. Applicants must be resident in the UK to be eligible. We encourage applicants from the broadest diversity of cultural heritages.

The successful recipient will receive an all-inclusive fee of £11,000.

LYRIC Hammersmith Composer Brief and Application

Former Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Blogs:

Becky Applin and Dougal Irvine reflect on their placements at Mercury Theatre Colchester/New Wolsey Ipswich and at Royal & Derngate Northampton respectively. For any composers considering applying for future residencies this is essential reading. As you will see, the residencies have had a profound impact on both Becky and Dougal’s careers. In fact, before he applied Dougal was considering leaving musical theatre altogether.

Rebecca Applin

Rebecca Applin (Mercury Theatre, Colchester and New Wolsey, Ipswich 2015)

“Through the Resident Composer Scheme I have worked on an amazing variety of types of shows and platforms.  Meeting and working with lots of different directors and creatives has been incredibly valuable and I hope has been the start of collaborations that will carry on into the future

Read Becky’s blog about her Resident Composer placement HERE


Dougal Irvine (Royal and Derngate, Northampton 2012)

“I owe a huge amount to the Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Scheme. It pretty much kept me in the business”.

Read Dougal’s blog about his Resident Composer placement HERE