About the Festival

psunewmusicals28Penn State’s NU. Musical Theatre Festival explores, encourages, and fosters new works of musical theatre by today’s progressive playwrights and composers in an educational setting, giving students at Penn State access to the collaborative process between the artist, the art form, and the professional world of musical theatre. The festival is an annual event that allows up-and-coming composers, lyricists, and book writers to workshop their original musical theatre pieces on the Penn State, University Park campus. Musical theatre works in development are selected each season to be work-shopped and performed as staged readings. The performances of these works, which take place at the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center–a state-of-the-art proscenium theatre in downtown State College–feature students from Penn State’s B.F.A. Musical Theatre program and are directed and music directed by members of Penn State’s M.F.A. Directing and Musical Direction programs.


Admission to the performances of the new works are free and open to the public. Tickets are general admission for the date of the performance and can be obtained on a first-come, first-served basis.


Please direct any questions or comments to the Artistic Director, Raymond Sage.