Nautilus Music-Theater provides opportunities for the artistic growth of music-theater artists who create, develop, and produce new operas and other forms of music-theater that are emotionally expansive, dramatically engaging, and spiritually stimulating. We are dedicated to the development of new work, along with innovative productions of existing pieces, in order to contribute to the quality and diversity of new American music-theater. We seek to form partnerships between creators, performers, and audiences, as well as to create professional training programs for artists. We use music-theater as a tool to create enriching experiences for artists and audiences, supporting the individual and collective growth of the human spirit.
Over our twenty-five year history, we have refined our program offerings to advance this mission, concentrating on our core constituency of artists. We have developed a four-part program structure: ARTIST DEVELOPMENT training provides professional growth opportunities for composers, writers, performers, directors, and musical coaches. ROUGH CUTS is a series of informal monthly presentations of works-in-progress, dialogues between artists and audiences, and explorations of the creative process. PRODUCTIONS allow us to present fully-staged productions of full-length music-theater works, including premieres of new work we have developed or supported, or innovative productions of existing operas and musicals. COMMUNITY COMMISSIONS are projects or services initiated by or commissioned for specific communities, such as other arts organizations, academic institutions, or human service organizations.