Theatre Now is an artist service organization dedicated to the development, production, publication, and circulation of short and long-form musicals, by providing ongoing support for writers and their work in order to nurture voices and forms that push the boundaries of musical theatre.
Theatre Now bridges the gap between early readings and fully-produced theatrical runs by offering staged and performed developmental productions to pieces that are ready to live on their feet. We strive for continuity and growth in our production process by collaborating with artists on story development through song and dialogue, and focusing on their prospective audience. Theatre Now furthers the visibility of our alumni writers with opportunities for networking, publication, and future production. In addition, we embrace musical properties we’ve produced as their theatrical licensor, offering them for productions in schools, colleges, communities, and other theatre venues across the country. By providing the support for rising artists and original forms to thrive, we entice unexpected audiences to experience the emerging voices of musical theatre.
Advocacy - Providing community, resources, and opportunities for artists.
Growth - Expanding the skill sets and craft of writers, and broadening the reach and impact of their work.
Innovation - Finding and nurturing voices and forms that push the boundaries of the musical theatre genre.
Empathy - Creating opportunities for audiences to connect with stories and storytellers whose experiences are different from their own.
Diversity, Inclusion, Equity & Justice
As a nonprofit organization that focuses on the ongoing support of musical theatre writers, providing them with opportunities to grow and develop their work on stage in front of an audience is paramount. It is through the presentation of new works in front of audiences that the development of both the artists and the piece is accomplished. We create theatre that pushes the boundaries of musical theatre and encourages new voices to emerge thereby creating work that speaks to new audiences. We want you, our audiences to experience stories, lives and themes that although may be different than your own, they are stories you can empathize with expanding your own sense of humanity and the world. We believe that requires diverse writers to draw in diverse audiences that are excited about live theatre. Diversity to us means a range of backgrounds, genders, ethnicity, ages and beliefs. We seek diversity, inclusion, equity and justice with the writers we work with, with the work they create, with the audiences they speak to in a variety of forms and methods. In the end we want more people attending more theatre and we believe the key is diversity.
Theatre Now is a professional, non-profit theatre company whose history originates with two established companies — the Genesius Theatre Guild in New York City and ReVision Theatre in Asbury Park, NJ. Theatre Now brings together the founding principles of both these companies: developmental work and mainstage theatrical productions. Theatre Now was founded in 2013 by Thomas Morrissey along with Julie Marino and Stephen Bishop Seely, all three had worked together for many years at The Genesius Theatre Guild and ReVision Theatre.