Help Us Develop New Plays & Musicals in NYC!

Announcing Our New Partnership with Streaming Musicals!

 

CreateTheater will be partnering with Streaming Musicals to livestream musical writing workshops and the Monday Night Development Series, beginning March 4, 2024 with the premiere of REWIND the Musical by Sam Rose and Geoffrey Rose, originally performed as part of the CreateTheater New Works Festival.

  CreateTheater helps theatre-makers take their show from concept to production

We help develop new plays and musicals with:

 

  • Writing classes, musical workshops and producer training
  • Pitching, networking and collaboration opportunities
  • Writing and Producing Development Programs
  • 3-year Artist Residencies, one for plays and one for musicals
  • The Experts Theater Company, our “Artistic Home,” is a company that offers developmental support through readings, writing groups, individual producer coaching and one-on-one dramaturgical support, both in NYC and online
  • CreateTheater offers subsidized developmental presentations in their New Works Festival, their Cabaret Festival and their First 15 Minutes Festival (for ETC Members)

MADAME CURIE

Book, music & lyrics by David Kurkowski

How do you get involved with CreateTheater?

 

Sign up for emails updates here to stay in the loop about classes, workshops and other opportunities

Take a class or workshop, in-person or online

Submit your work here to apply for an artist residency or to join The Experts Theater Company (ETC)

New & Noteworthy

Masta Ace’s Looming Play “The Falling Season” Gets Early Rave Reviews

Cate Cammarata has been working with international hip hop legend Masta Ace every week for five years to help him realize his dream of writing a musical. Recently she co-produced an Off-Broadway Developmental Reading with Patrick Blake and Rhymes Over Beats of his new musical THE FALLING SEASON.

Critics and audiences gave them early rave reviews.

“Rap legend Masta Ace has evolved into a playwright. The Juice Crew alumni has developed a play called The Falling Season, which made an informal debut this week in the form of a reading. It all happened in front of about 150 fans, family and industry titans such as DJ Mister Cee, Datwon Thomas, Marco Polo and me—Chuck “Jigsaw” Creekmur—at Theatre Five at Theatre Row in Manhattan.”

Read more of the review online here.

Learn more about working with Cate on your own musical here.

Cate received the 2022 Entreprenuer of the Year Award from Theater Resources Unlimited for helping develop and produce more than 70 shows during the 2020-2022 lockdown

“Cate’s Mastermind has been a powerful force in keeping me on track with my numerous projects and just generally encouraging me to believe in what I’ve chosen to do – produce, write, and support theater as a professional. 

Her meetings offer insight and advice from colleagues who are pursuing the same goals from different angles. Cate is organized, a smart and caring listener, and is able to sum up my sometimes rambling thoughts in a way that helps me stay accountable to my goals. 

I’m so glad I joined forces with her!”

Gayla Morgan

Off Broadway Producer and Award-Winning Musical Theater Composer/Lyricist

“Cate Cammarata’s Mastermind groups are the perfect blend of support, accountability, sage advice and authentic cheerleading. She leads quietly but with great certainty. I find myself reaching goals and going beyond. 

This group has been invaluable to my progress as a writer and as a creative.”

Delta Donohue

Playwright, Author, Poet and Professional Speaker

“Cate leads her Mastermind group with attentiveness and skill. Her observations are insightful and she asks the right questions, bringing everyone together to share constructive feedback. Each person gains clarity as well as new ideas, goals and ways to tackle problems.  

The evening always ends on an up-note, everyone energized, confident, ready and prepared to take on the world!”

Kari Floren

Playwright, Producer

“Casting and producing a play from Los Angeles was very challenging. Luckily the festival sent us a list of artists in all areas of production who had signed up as wanting to be a part of the festival. I took some serious time doing research on a few different directors and decided on Cate Cammarata, who literally saved my life.

She attended the auditions and has had constant communication with me about the process. With her guidance we were able to cast the play with a group of actors that I am very excited to see on stage telling this story. The rehearsal process thus far has been a lot of work, with myself and the director making sure that the story is solid and that we understand the vision. It’s been great, and I can’t wait to keep going.”

Kristy Thomas

Memories of the Game, SHE NYC Festival

“We have had the great pleasure of working with Cate Cammarata as a dramaturg on our original musical.

Cate is extremely thoughtful and thorough in her process and we were highly impressed and grateful for the amount of time and care she took in evaluating our work. Her astute questions about the script have lead us to a more defined story arc, featuring characters who are now properly fleshed out.  

The experience has made us realize that when you’re so close to the material it is sometimes difficult to see where problems exist. Bringing in an outside voice as insightful and experienced as Cate helped us discover where more chances should be taken and where clarification was needed. We left each session feeling confident and excited to dig further into the script to create the best show possible.”

Caryn Robbins

Book writer for Dear Prospective Student

“Cate Cammarata has the instincts of a Sherpa guide, leading you through the unchartered world of your play. She helps you to identify your world, unclutter it and strengthen the narrative so your characters can reach their summit. And she achieves this, as both a dramaturg and a director, using her deft interpersonal skills of nuance, persuasion, respect, reason and illustration.”

Barbara Kelly

Entanglement, Broadway Bound Theater Festival

Cate Cammarata provided insightful, detailed notes on my new, original, modern musical. Her mastery of classical drama enables her to reinforce foundational truths about theatre and story, all the while proffering notes and choices which easily reflect the attitudes of today’s audiences.

Highly recommended! Thank you, Cate!

Cle’
Multi-Hyphenate Playwright and Producer

“Was looking for a safe community of other theatre artists who could offer helpful feedback for my work, who experience live performances on a regular basis, who are committed to advancing their creative abilities and found it with Cate Cammarata’s ETC! Whether it’s writing groups or readings or workshops, ETC has been a great benefit to me as a theatre artist. Grateful to Cate and everyone who’s a part of this community!

Gary Powers
Revolution Stage Company

Palm Springs, California

“I’ve found the producing and writing groups extremely valuable.  It is like a community of people helping one another. And Cates insights on musical theatre writing, analyzing different musicals is a highlight.

Eric Sirota

“I met Cate at the start of the pandemic when I joined her group for musical writers.  I was struggling to prioritize my writing and had lost all passion. Cate understands writers and their need for community, support, and opportunities.  I was inspired by her insight and encouragement.  My passion and creativity ignited.  Four years later, I’m well into my fourth full-length script!

Cate has built an incredible theatre community of phenomenal playwrights that range from Page-One Beginners to Prolific Award Winners.  She believes in playwrights and pours out her resources and expertise to get the story on the page and the script on the stage.  I’m honored to be part of this movement to revive theatre through the birth of new works.”

Pam C. Dudley
Playwright & Psychotherapist

“Cate is a visionary and dedicated leader who has created a thriving theatre community in a very short period of time. A triple hyphenate (producer-director-dramaturg), she fosters a dynamic, nurturing environment in which writers can write, mount their work, learn and grow. Two of my plays have already had staged readings via Zoom that have advanced my work.

Barbara Kelly

“Cate and ETC have really helped my musical get to the best version possible through detailed feedback, live readings and development. Our small group of musical creators meets weekly to provide support and encouragement to help all our musicals get to the next stage of development. Cate makes herself available for discussions or questions which has been very helpful. I am so grateful for the experiences and relationships I’ve been able to forge while a member of ETC. Thank you!

Marty Jagodzinski

Find a Mentor

Find a Mentor

THE WORKING PLAYWRIGHT: a monthly blog column by Melissa Bell  Find a Mentor Sometime after I wrote my first musical, I attended an alumni event. While waiting for the elevator, a well-groomed woman and I picked up a conversation. When I asked her what she did, she...

The Working Playwright

The Working Playwright

(This is a new monthly column on CreateTheater.com - thank you, Melissa!) FIND THEE A WRITER’S GROUP When I speak with aspiring playwrights or writers of any genre, the first piece of advice I give is “join a writer’s group.” If you can’t find one, create one. A...

Where Are We Going?

Where Are We Going?

How Are We Doing?   I can’t believe we’re already approaching 2025, our quarter-century mark. That’s a significant milestone in history, with enough time under our belt now to collectively look at “how we’re doing” and where we’re going. The first 25 years of the...

Create Connections.  Create Community.