MTI Stiles + Drewe Mentorship Award Short List

April 14th, 2021

We are delighted to announce the short list for the MTI Stiles + Drewe Mentorship Award 2021, generously supported by Stiles and Drewe, and Music Theatre International Europe.

We received a record number of first draft submissions this year, 74 in total, and were excited by the standard of work presented for the Mentorship Award. A short list of nine musicals have been selected by George, Antony and a panel of industry judges. From these, three finalists will be chosen and the successful writing team selected and announced in May.

Congratulations and good luck to the short-listed writing teams and many thanks to all those writers who submitted their work for consideration.

2021 Short List

AFTER ELIJAH by Omar Baroud

CHRISTMAS IN THE CITY by Bella Barlow & A.C. Smith

FABLE by Kurt Kansley & Oliver Lidert

FALLEN ANGEL by Giles Fernando & Sara Eker

HOME FREE by Adam Wachter

P.S. I’M A TERRIBLE PERSON by Jordan Paul Clarke & Francesca Forristal

SWING HEIL! by Keiran Merrick & Pippa Cleary

THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY – A MUSICAL FABLE by Tim Connor & Susannah Pearse

THE CEREAL CAFE by Tom Ling, Jacob Dorrell & Adam Dickinson

The Mentorship Award winner will receive:

  • A fully funded, one-week development retreat to work on the winning musical. This has previously happened at Anthony’s house in France. Location in 2021 TBC.
  • Participation in two Progress Labs. In each of these, the Mentorship Award winner will present a section of their musical and receive feedback from a panel of industry professionals.
  • Access to work shadowing opportunities – either on a Stiles and Drewe show or with alternative industry contacts (subject to availability, COVID restrictions and production schedules).
  • After 12 months, the above culminates in rehearsal provision for a workshop culminating in an Industry Showcase presentation. This is with a professional cast, Director and MD.

The Stiles + Drewe Mentorship Award is part of the annual Stiles + Drewe Prize, which supports and develops new musical writing in the UK and is administrated by MMD.