Spotlight

Spotlight is our new initiative where the focus is on you, our MMD members. The floor is yours to tell us more about yourself, both professionally and personally. What are you working on? What inspires you? What advice do you have for your fellow writers? As MMD continues to grow and flourish we want to ensure our members are at the heart of what we do, and it starts here with Spotlight!

We are also proud of our passionate and dynamic board members who work extremely hard for the MMD membership. They are champions of new writing and we want you to get to know them too. Each month we will also shine a spotlight on a member of the MMD board.

Spotlight: Masterclass Blog – Kath Haling

September 13th, 2019

“Yours was the worst” – A Day with Claude-Michel Schönberg I re-read the email numerous times. The email saying I had been selected to attend a masterclass with Claude-Michel Schönberg.  I told my muggle friends and they responded with blank looks of …who? I told my theatre loving...



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Spotlight: MMD Rep Blog – Matthew Bugg

September 13th, 2019

I recently had the great privilege to become the regional rep for Yorkshire and Humberside for Mercury Musical Developments. This got me thinking…. What does it mean to be a ‘regional artist?’ Well, first off… why are there “artists” and also “regional artists”? Why, if we do not liv...



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Spotlight: Across The Pond – Cordelia O’Driscoll

September 13th, 2019

The New York subway is really warm. Myself, Tom and our team of University of Sheffield graduates found this out very quickly when we arrived in Manhattan for this July’s New York Musical Festival, truly fulfilling our role as ‘brits abroad’ as we sweated our way through packed platforms ...



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Spotlight: Cassie Kinoshi – Resident Composer Blog

September 13th, 2019

Being based at Dundee Rep for the Cameron Mackintosh Residency has been a truly inspiring experience. Whilst balancing the residency with both performing and other theatre work, I have thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in both the city and the creative shadowing opportunities that Dundee Rep has o...



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Spotlight: MMD Member Spotlight – Rosabella Gregory

September 13th, 2019

How long have you been a member of MMD? I joined in 2018, when My Marcello was selected for BEAM that same year! My longstanding collaborator/lyricist/book-writer (and awesome twin sister, Dina) was responsible, as she was forever sending me links to MMD competitions and opportunities. How and when ...



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Spotlight: MMD Board Member – Emily Gray

September 13th, 2019

What drew you to apply for the role of Executive Director at MMD? The combination of music, writing, choreography, design and storytelling can be the most thrilling thing to work on and to experience as an audience member; my happiest times have been directing musical theatre. I was at both of the B...



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Spotlight: Becca Anderson

December 20th, 2018

“To Be It, Do It” by Becca Anderson In 2018, I have presented two readings of two separate musicals, completed full rewrites (new drafts) of both of those same musicals, written a full act of a new musical, started and finished a full-length play, written a pilot, written and had a full ...



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Spotlight: Sara Eker

December 20th, 2018

How long have you been a member of MMD? Only about 2 years, with my writing partner, Giles Fernando, and they’ve opened so many doors for us already! How and when did you start writing for Musical Theatre? Only about 2 years ago. I’ve been working as a pop music writer for about 20 years...



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Spotlight: Dawn Farrow

December 20th, 2018

What were the circumstances behind you joining the MMD board? And how long have you been a board member? I was initially inspired by the first year of BEAM and with a passion for new musicals wanted to see how I could use my skills to get involved with the team in a meaningful way. […]...



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Claude Michel Schönberg Masterclass – Giles Fernando’s Blog

November 26th, 2018

I dreamed a dream … And then it came true. At RADA. Because 23rd November was the day we got to work on our musical compositions with legend Claude-Michel Schönberg, composer of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon. All thanks again to the top team at Mercury Musical Developments who keep coming up wit...



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