The Lied Center for Performing Arts is pleased to announce a musical theatre festival in collaboration with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers to seek out new musical theatre works from across the United States with the potential to be developed and produced into full-scale productions.  Directed by Tony® Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, this festival will bring some of the finest emerging musical theatre writers to the Lied Center next fall.

For information on submitting a new musical theatre work for inclusion in the festival, please see the PDF attached below.  

QUESTIONS: Call Petra Wahlqvist 402.472.8089 or email


How many shows are selected?
We do not have a set number to be chosen, it will be based on the quality of those that apply and up to the discretion of our ASCAP partner, Michael Kerker, and the festival composers Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin. However, we are aiming for up to three shows.

Do teams receive a per diem?
At this point we are able to offer a $1000 stipend per team (regardless of team size), but as we continue to explore funding options, this may increase slightly.

Is housing provided?
We plan to provide local housing (home stays) at no cost. However, teams may opt to pay for their own hotel accommodation.

Do you accept international applicants?
Absolutely! But be aware that our budget may not allow for full coverage of your expenses, and we do expect the full creative team to be present at the festival.

Who selects the cast?
This is left up to the chosen shows. Once teams are selected they will have the option to provide their own cast, or we can provide a local cast through our University of Nebraska-Lincoln partner, Alisa Belflower, Coordinator of Musical Theatre Studies in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts.

Is there a director?
The same goes for the director as with casting. Either the authors/team members can direct, or Ms. Belflower or another local talent will do so. We have intentionally left this open, wanting to accommodate the uniqueness of each situation.

How about a pianist?
We are able to provide a pianist, but encourage each team to provide their own when possible.

Is there a rehearsal period?
This will be discussed with each team, to best accommodate everyone’s needs.

How is the performance structured?
A staged reading with an accompanist – no props, set or costumes required.

 The project is made possible, in part, with generous support from the Hixson-Lied Endowment and ASCAP.