For Emerging Leaders in Musical Theatre


Program Overview

The National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) Festival Line Producer Residency offers an exceptional opportunity for early to mid-career professionals to engage in the production aspects of new musical development. This part-time position reports to the NAMT New Works Director, Festival Producers and General Manager for the 36th Annual Festival of New Musicals, scheduled for October 24-25, 2024. The contract will commence on or about August 20 and end on November 3, 2024, or upon completion of the assigned duties. As a temporary position with no benefits, the Line Producer Residency aims to foster the professional growth of individuals from underrepresented groups in the theatre field.


Program Goals

This program is designed to cultivate professional development within the production aspects of musical theatre. The primary goals are as follows:

  • Front Row Experience: Line Producers will gain invaluable first-hand exposure to the production process of new musicals, working closely with Festival Producers, the General Manager and creative teams.
  • Skill Development: Participants will immerse themselves in the techniques and best practices employed by experienced producers, learning to manage the logistical and administrative needs of theatrical productions. By participating in all aspects of the Festival, including pre-production, rehearsals and performances, Line Producers will enhance their ability to balance multiple schedules, work under pressure and communicate effectively in high-stakes environments.
  • Networking Opportunities: Line Producers will attend (as time allows) select NAMT Fall Conference panels, enabling them to network with industry leaders and peers from around the globe. NAMT will also facilitate show-seeing experiences and direct contact networking opportunities with Broadway Producers. The Festival is one of the largest networking and professional development events in the nation for the musical theatre field. This residency provides an opportunity to engage with high-profile artists and industry leaders, expanding professional networks and career opportunities.
  • Support and Mentorship: Line Producers will receive guidance and mentorship from seasoned professionals, fostering a supportive environment for growth and learning. Line Producers will also be given complimentary NAMT Membership for one year, allowing access to a host of member opportunities for networking and creative development.


Each Line Producer will oversee the pre-production, rehearsal and performances for staged readings of four new musicals that will all share the same stage at New World Stages.

Pre-production Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Work closely with the Festival Producers & General Manager to ensure a great pre-production, rehearsal and presentation process. Act as liaison between creative teams on four assigned musicals and the Festival Producers & General Manager on any/all administrative and producing needs, including (but not limited to) cast onboarding, information collection, tracking paperwork, prompting artists and teams to complete tasks and ordinary rehearsal coordination requests.
  • Attend all key dates, including, but not limited to: All Rehearsals (TBD, October 13-23), Site Visits, Festival Staff Meetings, Official Festival Production Meetings (via Zoom), Festival Load-in (est. October 20), sound check date (October 21), performance dates (October 24 & 25), Load-out (Monday, October 28).
  • Keep up-to-date contact sheets and a Festival-wide contact sheet.

Festival Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Assist Festival Producers & General Manager with load-in and load-out of Festival equipment.
  • Serve as the venue coordinator for four productions/events in assigned venue. Act as the on-site contact for creative teams at Festival to confirm that entire teams are present, as well as ready to perform, in consultation with the Festival Producers & General Manager.
  • Manage stage changeovers between presentations, and usher talent off/onstage while tracking and completing the setting up/breaking down of equipment.
  • Attend a Post-Festival post-mortem meeting.


Required Skills

  • Knowledge of standard AEA staged reading guidelines and policies.
  • Experience balancing multiple schedules for concurrent events.
  • Flexible schedule October 10-30th.
  • Working well under pressure. Strong communication skills. Maturity and professionalism to represent NAMT to well-known or high-profile artists.
  • Willingness to get your hands dirty and pitch in when needed. Ability to lift equipment up to 50 lbs and walk up to 100 ft unassisted, as needed.
  • Savvy with online communication forums via Google Docs, Zoom, Slack, as well as other methods that may be necessary (WhatsApp, texting, etc) and readily available with planning to communicate as necessary using any of the above.


Key Dates

  • Applications Due: July 26th
  • Interviews: End of July
  • Beg Aug 20th: 5 to 10 hours per week.
  • Post Labor Day: 10 to 15 hours per week.
  • October 13-23: Rehearsal Coverage (anticipate up to 35 hrs/week)
  • October 21 & 24-25: Full Days
  • October 28-November 3:  Load out and wrap up as needed, exact times TBD upon mutually agreed upon scheduling




Line Producers will be paid a $2,000 flat fee and will not receive social security and unemployment insurance benefits. No health benefits or paid time-off are included. Payment will be issued $500.00 upon signing the contract, $500.00 on September 1, $500.00 on October 1 and $500.00 upon completion of the Festival and post-mortem meeting.


Line Producers will receive a complimentary one-year Individual Associate Membership to the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (value: $475). Associate Membership is a limited personal membership designed for individual theatre professionals who do not meet criteria for organizational membership (i.e. agents, casting directors, investors, musical theatre writers whose work has been produced by professional producing organizations or published by professional publishers/licensing houses, press and other theatre professionals) at the discretion of the membership committee and Board of Directors. Line Producers may utilize their Individual Associate Membership to the fullest extent.

Show & Tell Producer Meetings

Line Producers will join NAMT Staff to attend a performance of an open Broadway or Off-Broadway musical and enjoy dinner with the Producer of the attended show after the performance moderated by NAMT Staff. NAMT will coordinate all elements of Show & Tell Producer Meetings as Line Producer & Broadway Producer schedules allow and seating inventory dictates. Line Producers will be invited to two (2) Show & Tell Events. These events are at no cost to the Line Producer, including tickets and the meal.



Who is eligible to apply for this program?
The program is open to theatre-makers with a focus in producing. We encourage candidates to apply who identify as professionals of color, professionals with disabilities, women professionals, and LGBTQIA+ professionals. Non-US citizens are welcome to apply.

Do I need to live in New York City?
While most of the pre-production work takes place online, Line Producers must be able to be on the ground in New York City from October 10th until October 28th. NAMT does not provide travel or housing assistance for Festival participants.

How will the final Line Producers be selected?
Once the applications have closed, NAMT staff will review applications and schedule short interviews with semi-finalists. Interviews will be held at the end of July and will be conducted by NAMT’s Festival Producers & General Manager.

Who has participated in the NAMT Festival in the past?
NAMT has a huge alumni circuit of Festival artists. Directors such as Stephen Brackett, Stafford Arima, Christopher Ashley, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Sarna Lapine, Lonny Price, Rebecca Taichman, Schele Williams, Victoria Bussert, Jerry Dixon, Kent Gash, Kent Nicholson, Peter Rothstein, May Adrales, Sherri Barber, Sam Buntrock, Marlo Hunter. Music Directors such as Andrea Grody, Patrick Sulken, Kurt Crowley, Anessa Marie, Lily Ling, as well as writers such as Heather Christian, Shannon Burkett, David Hein, Irene Sankoff, Anna K. Jacobs, Michael R. Jackson, Ross Baum, Angelica Chéri, Bekah Brunstetter, Melis Aker, Tatiana Pandiani and Jacinta Clusellas.

Do I have to be a member of NAMT to apply for this program?
No! This program is open to all early to mid-career professionals with an interest in producing.


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Applications for the Line Producer Residency open in July.

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This page was last updated on 07/09/2024