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: 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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Spotlight: Adam Gwon

April 19th, 2017

How long have you been a member of MMD? Since I gave a talk with Adam Lenson last spring. How and when did you start writing for Musical Theatre? I had played piano and been involved in theater on parallel tracks as a kid, and when I got to university (where I studied as a […]...



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Spotlight: Sarah-Louise Young & Michael Roulston

December 14th, 2016

How long have you been a member of MMD? SLY: We joined earlier this year around the time of BEAM and have already got so much from our membership. We were fortunate enough to be selected for the Claude-Michel Schonberg masterclasses and present some of our work in a Scenic Route cabaret. What are yo...



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Spotlight: Tim Connor

September 7th, 2016

How long have you been a member of MMD? A while now! Probably about eight years. How and when did you start writing for Musical Theatre? I started writing songs when I was ten. When I was sixteen I read an article on Whatsonstage.com by Mark Shenton. It was about the Bridewell Theatre. I remember [&...



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Spotlight: Sarah Henley

June 10th, 2016

How long have you been a member of MMD? About a year. How and when did you start writing for Musical Theatre? I trained at LSMT as a musical theatre performer, but as a writer started by focussing on writing plays, particularly comedies. I was lucky enough to have a couple of plays produced at [&hel...



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Spotlight: Annemarie Lewis Thomas & Tony Bogod

February 16th, 2016

Annmarie Lewis Thomas How and when did you start writing for Musical Theatre? I would say that I’ve written for MT since I was a teenager, the only difference was in those days I was writing the songs that had already been written (whilst being too young to understand what plagiarism was, I was de...



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Spotlight: Frank Lazarus & Mark Shenton

January 11th, 2016

Frank Lazarus How long have you been a member of MMD? Since seeing “The Challenge” in 1992.  I thought “I have to be a part of this!” How and when did you start writing for Musical Theatre? At 17, in Cape Town, I began writing the book, music and lyrics of my adaptation of a...



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