About the Festival

As a professional, year-round musical theatre largely focused on producing lesser- known and new musicals, The Winter Park Playhouse believes wholeheartedly in the importance of fostering the development of new works. Thus the Playhouse created and launched The Florida Festival Festival of New Musicals in 2017.

The purpose of the annual international festival is to advance and elevate the original American art form of musical theatre by fostering the development of new musicals and the artistic growth of writers and composers. The 4th Annual Florida Festival of New Musicals will take place at The Winter Park Playhouse from June 18–21, 2020.

The Florida Festival of New Musicals is a 4-day event that showcases six brand-new, never-before-produced musical works and brings together writers and composers with patrons, press, producers and directors. The first act or one-hour version of each selected musical will be fully read and sung concert-style, without staging, by varying casts of professional actors and musicians.

The festival is led by Playhouse Artistic Director Roy Alan. It is the only one of its kind in the region, similar to musical theatre festivals featuring new works that take place in New York City, Seattle, Chicago, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. It provides a unique insight into how a new musical comes to life. New musical submissions from writers and composers around the country will be accepted through September 30, 2019. Each submitted application will be read, evaluated and critiqued by a panel of industry professionals. The panel will make their final selection of six musicals in March 2020. Along with members of the artistic community, the general public is encouraged and invited to attend and be engaged in this unique and exciting theatrical experience. 


How to Apply

The Winter Park Playhouse began accepting applications and submissions for the 2020 Festival on July 1, 2019 and will accept them through September 30, 2019. 

If you are interested in submitting a new musical for the 2020 Florida Festival of New Musicals, please review the Application, Guidelines and TimelineYou will need to print, fill out and scan the application and submit along with your materials. Details about submission requirements and instructions on how and where to upload scripts, scores and music are included in the Guidelines linked below. If you need further information, please contact us at mail@winterparkplayhouse.org.


  1. The new musical’s entire script and score must be ready to workshop and available for a reading of a one-hour version (first act or compilation of both acts) at the Festival in June 2020.
  2. The new musical must have a demo that represents the musical style of the show.
  3. The new musical must have full underlying rights clearance for any pre-existing material used in the script and score.
  4. The new musical cannot already be licensed through any licensing house or have had a fully-mounted independent production.

To apply for the 2020 Florida Festival of New Musicals, please refer to the following documents for more information: