The Mercury Musical Developments and Musical Theatre Network announce Tasha Taylor Johnson as the winner of the Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer at Curve. 

The scheme pairs musical theatre composers and venues together and Johnson won the latest round following a competitive selection process. The chosen composer is given the opportunity to be involved in a range of work that includes underscoring plays, setting text to music or creating their own piece of new work. Curve’s Nikolai Foster said that “Like us, Tasha has an eye for creating theatre which engages new and diverse audiences, exploring boundary-busting ways to create work.” With recent venues including the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Royal Shakespeare Company and Bristol Old Vic, it places Curve in good company.

Tasha Taylor Johnson had already been tipped as ‘one to watch’ after having her compositions selected for inclusion in the musical theatre festival ‘From Page to Stage’ at The Other Palace this summer. Johnson hopes that this opportunity will put her career in further good stead and is honored to have been selected by and to be working with Curve’s ‘innovative creative team’ over the next six months. “I will be knuckling down to some good old-fashioned graft and can’t wait to be part of making the magic!”

The Mercury Musical Development and Musical Theatre Network are both national not-for-profit organisations that are dedicated to nurturing new music theatre talent by providing access to development and showcasing initiatives, such as this, and help build professional networks for people in the musical theatre industry to further their craft and career.

The residency demonstrates Curve’s continued work across the full spectrum of musical theatre business, working with large scale, seat selling stage centerpieces whilst also supporting the city’s developing artists, composers and creatives. Curve’s Chris Stafford and Nikolai Foster look forward to having Johnson on board.

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Country bumpkin from down the road in Northamptonshire, Emily is a new face to the Leicester arts world – lover of all things creative, and interested in bridging the gap between the art world and the public sphere.

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