Selected Participants for DreamWorks Theatrical, MTI and NBCUniversal Emerging Writers Program

Four writer-participants for DreamWorks Theatre’s Emerging Writers Program have been selected to help develop new musical adaptations of DreamWorks Animation films for the catalog of theatrical licensing agency Music Theater International.

The program is sponsored by DreamWorks Theatricals and MTI in partnership with NBCUniversal’s Global Talent Development and Inclusion team. Beginning this month, selected authors – Krista Knight, Joriah Kwame, Veronica Mansour and Kate Thomas – will participate in the project for the MTI catalog.

The program provides access to a variety of industry professionals and agents through roundtable discussions, masterclasses and individual meetings for career advancement.

MTI CEO Drew Cohen said in a statement that the work of the new participants will “transform and inspire a new, expanded generation of theater performers, theater writers and theatergoers.”

Selected participants in the Emerging Writers Program are:

Krista Knight’s accomplishments include the Juilliard School Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program Fellowship and the Heidemann Award (2016) at the Actors Theater of Louisville. Includes drama Crush, Sloppy Bonnie And Lipstick lobotomy.

JORIAH KWAMÉ is a NYC based artist best known for writing “Little Miss Perfect” covered by Broadway’s Taylor Louderman. The song has received millions of social media views and is being developed as a stage production. He collaborated with Benj Pasek and Justin Paul on the song “Top of the World”. Lyle Lyle Crocodile, Performed by Shawn Mendes.

Veronica Mansour is a composer/lyricist/actress who has performed with artists including Kristin Chenoweth, Todd Rundgren, Chloe Agnew and cast members of Hamilton. She appeared on ABC’s The Goldbergs and is pursuing an MFA in Graduate Musical Theater Writing at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

KATE THOMAS is a two-time Kleban Award finalist, two-time Jonathan Larson Grant finalist and winner of the 2021 PMCA Emerging Playwright Competition. His musicals and plays have been produced with, among others, Prospect Theater Company, New York Theater Festival, Open Jar, and New York Theater Barn.

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