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MUSICAL THEATRE FACTORY

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aka MTF Musicals   |   New York, NY   |  https://mtf.nyc

Mission

Musical Theatre Factory (MTF) develops changemaking new musicals in a joyous, collaborative community free from commercial constraints. We are committed to dismantling oppressive ideologies toward collective liberation, centering artists of excellence who exist in the intersections of underrepresented groups.

Ruling year info

2015

Managing Director

Aaron Salley

Artistic Director

Brisa Areli Muñoz

Main address

440 Lafayette Street 4th Floor

New York, NY 10003 USA

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EIN

47-1254076

NTEE code info

Theater (A65)

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Musical Theatre Factory is committed to providing structural support for artists to champion their holistic development as a creative. Borrowed from the world of business startups, MTF uses concepts of the incubator and the accelerator to create a framework for musical theatre artists to develop and deepen their practice.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Artistic Practice Incubator™

Our artistic practice incubator focuses on artistic development from the ground up. By this, we mean starting from exactly where an artist is. What curiosities do they have? What questions exist in their practice? What skills and tools are required to manifest their goals? Our incubator programs provide the knowledge and opportunities artists need to hone in on their unique voice to ultimately refine their artistic practice.

MTF Makers artists-in-residence work as a cohort to develop their unique voice and perspective, acquiring skills along the way that will support them in the creation of their new works. Through our Research and Dramaturgy services — which include consultations, retreats, and MTFxR — artists can apply their learnings without the expectation of a finished product. These spaces are sandboxes for exploration; continued avenues to discover oneself through process.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers

As artists hone their skills within our artistic practice incubation programs, the knowledge they gain can be applied through our new development accelerator. Whereas our incubation programs center on the artist, our new development accelerator centers on their art. Through this accelerator, artists are provided the structural and producorial support necessary to cultivate their new artistic works.

Our Assembly Line's iterative process engages artists at every step along the way with production support, opportunities for experiential learning, and continued training to ensure the project has the skills and resources necessary to thrive.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers

The Assembly Line is an iterative framework that provides individualized, structured support for radically reimagining what musical theater can be. Inspired by agile methodology, we take concepts of continuous development and put them in a theatrical context making the process circular, flexible, and collaborative — all at zero cost to the artist.

A project can enter our Assembly Line at any point of its life cycle; from the seedling of an idea to a fully written draft. In the draft phase, MTF provides community feedback circles. Within the workshop phase, we provide the studio space, time, and resources to collaborate with artists and showcase portions of the work. Once a process has been propelled to a sense of readiness, MTF presents a platform to interrogate the work and identify areas of growth that will inform future iterations.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers
Women and girls
Transgender people
Ethnic and racial groups

The MTF Makers residency supports groundbreaking musical theatre artists in developing new work. Artists work in a cohort to develop their unique voice and perspective, acquiring skills along the way that will support them in the creation of their new works. This artistic practice incubator focuses on individual artist development.

As an inclusive community, Makers gather together for monthly meetings to share work, provide feedback, and engage in critical discourse around the future of the American musical theatre canon and what must be dismantled in order to create accessible change-making new musicals. MTF is committed to building a future where musicals speak to the predicaments of now and use our past to inform our collective path toward liberation.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Artists and performers

Storytelling traditions are rooted in transporting an audience to worlds and times that are beyond the realms of our current reality. We believe that technology can amplify the impact of the change-making new musicals our artists seek to create. By democratizing these new technologies as tools of liberation, artists can craft experiences that allow an audience to step into dimensions and realms that have yet to be imagined.

Braiding AR and VR (augmented and virtual reality, collectively referred to as extended reality) tools of manifested imagination early into the developmental process allows our artists to reimagine the scope of their work as they are building, positioning the emergent XR technology as a purposeful and intentional component. Creative technologists act as technological dramaturgs and interrogate how these immersive visual and sound tools can not only enhance storytelling but create access to the possibilities of this new landscape.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We foster innovation of form and genre, and inspire civic discourse as a radical incubator, accelerator, and laboratory. We expand access to those who have traditionally not been given equal opportunity in our role as intentional gatekeepers and curators. We challenge monolithic thought and collaborate as a community in a rigorous environment filled with incredible talent. We model how being inclusive creates lasting impact on the field and society at large.

Musical Theatre Factory is revolutionizing the way new work is developed and how arts organizations are serving creators at each step along the way. Taking learnings from other industries and grounded in dramaturgy, MTF has applied Agile portfolio management practices to create impactful new works that are disrupting the traditional methods of making musical theatre. By shaping an iterative process for engagement tailored to each artist’s needs and way of creating, artists can take risks and make discoveries while continuously meeting opportunities for community feedback in a supportive and well-facilitated environment. This expansive space for continuous discourse creates structures for artists to test the impact of their work as it meets an audience and cultivates the intention behind the effect a piece will have.

Our artistic practice incubator focuses on artistic development from the ground up. By this, we mean starting from exactly where an artist is. What curiosities do they have? What questions exist in their practice? What skills and tools are required to manifest their goals? Our incubator programs provide the knowledge and opportunities artists need to hone in on their unique voice to ultimately refine their artistic practice.

As artists hone their skills within our artistic practice incubation programs, the knowledge they gain can be applied through our new development accelerator. Whereas our incubation programs center on the artist, our new development accelerator centers on their art. Through this accelerator, artists are provided the structural and producorial support necessary to cultivate their new artistic works.

The most direct impact is felt by our artists. Nearly 75% of our organizational expenses go toward the direct support of artists and the process of their creation. Works and artists that have come out of The Factory are impacting audiences across the country and around the world. From London to South Africa and everywhere in between, MTF and our ethos are challenging oppressive ideologies and systems toward our collective liberation. Musical storytelling is perhaps the most diplomatic force of change we have to inspire empathy. Audiences come to the theatre from all walks of life, but from the time they enter our spaces until the time they leave, we have something that is arguably the most scarce resource in today’s world — a person’s undivided time and attention. Musical theatre makers are tour guides taking an audience on a walk in someone else’s shoes, and when that tour is conducted well with all the story structures working harmoniously to build an engaging, thought-provoking, and well-crafted story, audiences become witnesses of what a more compassionate world could look like. By empowering these artists to hone these stories and ensuring they have the tools they need to push boundaries and create in new ways, MTF is actively shaping the future of the industry and society at large.

MTF is a trendsetter in the industry. Our human-centric organization focuses on building best practices for equitable labor standards in an industry that has long thrived on inequality, inequity, and exploitation. MTF is committed to valuing our artists, staff, and community and ensuring access to resources for our community of underrepresented creators. We have a strict zero-tolerance policy for volunteerism. Every staff member, contractor, or artist who engages with opportunities for showcase & focused experimentation is paid an NYC living wage. We have seen our policies and procedures ripple across the industry and be adopted by other organizations and institutions large and small, and our community members are active in spaces that promote field-wide initiatives to democratize the means of production and uplift artists and arts workers as vital to the movement.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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MUSICAL THEATRE FACTORY

Board of directors
as of 03/12/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Shakina Nayfack

Ophelia Chua

Broadway Strategic Return Fund

Jane Jung

Ping Chong + Company

Shakina Nayfack

Actress and transgender activist

Catherine Pulley

Wells Fargo

Jeffrey Trachtman

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

AriDy Nox

Storyteller and activist

Melissa Haizlip

Film producer, director and writer

Juliet Moser

Darnoser Inc

Benj Pasek

Theater and television composer and lyricist

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/22/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/22/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.