New Musical Initiative

New Musical Initiative

The MFA Musical Theater Program at San Diego State is committed to the creation of new works of musical theatre. Our objective is to nurture the creation of new musical theater in San Diego and to provide an invaluable educational opportunity to our students to work directly with top professionals in the field.

Current MFA students will rehearse and develop a new work of musical theatre under the guidance of faculty director Stephen Brotebeck and faculty music director (and Head of MFA Program) Robert Meffe. Brotebeck and Meffe have years of Broadway experience developing new musical works for the stage including shows such as Peter and the Starcatcher, Ghost and Little Women.

Our plan is to collaborate with a creative team on a two-year process from staged reading to workshop to full production.

We are looking for completed scores and scripts from a team that is interested in developing their work in conjunction with our graduate students. Past artists have included Bobby Cronin, Caroline Prugh, Ryan Scott Oliver, BD Wong, Wayne Barker, Michael Federico and Home for Hovercraft band members Seth and Sean Magill.

What we are looking for:

  • A new book musical with at least eight named characters; a cast of 8-10 would be preferable
  • Preference is given to women authors
  • A creative team that is open to feedback and the collaborative process

The timeline:

  • Staged reading at SDSU in the Fall of 2020
  • Workshop production at SDSU in the Spring of 2021
  • Full production at SDSU in the Spring of 2022


Please Submit the Following:

  • Audio files of three songs with sheet music (lead sheets are acceptable)
  • A brief synopsis of the musical (one page is plenty)
  • A character breakdown including age, sex, approximate vocal part and a short description of each character.


Robert Meffe

PLEASE NOTE: Please submit 3 songs only. If you send us a full recording, we will only listen to the first 3 songs. Submissions do not need to be produced in a studio.
We are looking for talent and potential, not how well something is produced.
Please include copyright clearances if they are necessary. Works cannot be considered without these.
If the piece is currently under option, please submit a letter from the option holder giving permission for entry.>