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With LiveRead@SDA professional artists are invited to weeklong workshop residencies on the USC campus, where they can take bold steps to refining their work with access to a diverse talent pool. The School of Dramatic Arts provides the necessary resources and staff to produce a concert-style reading with professional photography and video of the performance. Additionally, these workshops afford the School’s students an invaluable opportunity to work with industry leaders – producers, directors, playwrights, lyricists, composers and choreographers – while gaining insights and practical experience in what it means to intensively workshop new musicals headed toward commercial production. V.P. Boyle serves as Creative Director for the LiveRead@SDA series.

LiveRead@SDA is made possible with lead support from Lionel F. Conacher & Joan T. Dea, and Melissa Posen & Lawrence Hirschhorn.


Applications for 2019-2020

We are seeking one new musical project that illuminates a forward-thinking landscape of contemporary musical theatre with narratives from creative teams who authentically demonstrate diversity in their work. We actively support both emerging and established artists and musical projects that are not traditionally defined in the world of commercially produced theatre.

We are particularly interested in projects that reflect the cultural landscape of Los Angeles and/or character breakdowns that are comprised of roles that can be realistically played by college students.

Submissions are due Oct. 1, 2019

All applicants will be notified of status by Nov. 1, 2019

Selected LiveRead project will rehearse and perform Feb. 9 – 15, 2020 (dates are firm)

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