Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composers & Writing Teams Scheme

Since 2011, Mercury Musical Developments and Musical Theatre Network have been awarded funding from the Cameron Mackintosh Foundation to support resident composer and writing team placements across the UK, as part of the Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Scheme.

Through this scheme emerging professional musical theatre composers and writing teams 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. Host venues have included Octagon Theatre Bolton, Theatr Clwyd, BYMT, The Lowry & Hope Mill Theatre, Dundee Rep, Lyric Hammersmith, Curve Leicester, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Leeds Playhouse, New Wolsey, Ipswich and Mercury Theatre, Colchester.

The current Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer is Dylan Townley hosted by Octagon Theatre, Bolton.

THE NEXT WRITING TEAM & RESIDENT COMPOSER PLACEMENTS

Mercury Musical Developments (MMD) and Musical Theatre Network (MTN) have been awarded funding from the Cameron Mackintosh Foundation to support five placements as part of The Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Scheme over 2023-2025. We are delighted to announce the 2024 placements will be for a two-person resident writing team at MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton and a resident composer at National Theatre of Scotland. Applications for both placements will open in January 2024.

PAST CAMERON MACKINTOSH RESIDENT COMPOSERS & WRITERS

Resident Composer Blogs: Resident composers, Becky Applin and Dougal Irvine reflected on their experiences following the completion of their respective placements. 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.

“Through the Resident Composer Scheme I have worked on an amazing variety 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”.
Rebecca Applin, Mercury Colchester & New Wolsey Ipswich

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“I owe a huge amount to the Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Scheme. It pretty much kept me in the business”.
Dougal Irvine, Royal & Derngate, Northampton

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