a sanctuary for development of new musicals

Kirsten Childs

An American Tall Tale

Co-world premieres at
Dallas Theatre Center 2016 & Playwrights Horizons 2017

Kennedy Prize finalist 2018.

Licensed by Concord Theatricals


“I was able to get some crucial rewriting done. Away from apartment noise and city life concerns, I was able to actually and completely focus. To my delight, I experienced a revitalization of my creativity. ~ Kirsten Childs

Irene Sankoff & David Hein


2017 Tony-nominees for COME FROM AWAY


“We’re somewhat unique because we’re a married team who travels with a toddler.  The retreat went above and beyond to find activities for our daughter and the honorarium allowed us to bring a friend for childcare. As parents who work in an unpredictable industry, it makes us better as artists when we can relax and focus, knowing that while we’ve been absorbed by our work, we have also been generous as parents.”

~ Irene Sankoff and David Hein


Maggie-Kate Coleman &

Erato A. Kremmyda

Marie in


2017 Jonathan Larson grant winners

Northwestern's American Music Theatre Project in 2018


 “Specifically designed to assist musical theater writing teams, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat is completely unique and fills a massive gap in the current theatrical landscape. I cannot express how invaluable it has been for us to take part in a residency designed to address our specific collaborative process.” ~ Maggie Kate Coleman

Max Vernon

The View UpStairs

Performed off-Broadway at The Culture Project and cast recording in 2017

“Given the lack of developmental opportunities in musical theatre, the support and freedom Rhinebeck gives to its writers is incredibly generous and very much needed. To have a week to work creatively without restraint is such a luxury.” –~ Max Vernon

Adam Gwon &

Michele Lowe

The Proxy Marriage

RWR’s 2018 Triple R selection


“I can’t overstate how useful my time at Rhinebeck Writers Retreat proved to be. We talked over breakfast, we talked in the car; new ideas came to us over iced tea in Rhinebeck and in conversations on the deck. Each time we thought we were finished, we’d take another pass through our outline, and each time made discoveries and changes that felt vital. It was a true testament to the gift of time. ” – Adam Gwon

Heidi Rodewald & Stew

Family Album

Oregon Shakespeare Theatre Festival in 2014


“Being secluded together gave us time to watch the deer and gave us time to do laundry and gave us time to make each other laugh and gave us time to watch the deer again, which eventually when we got tired of watching the deer, gave us time to write.” – Heidi Rodewald

Alex Timbers and
Michael Friedman


Love’s Labour’s Lost

World premiere at

The Public’s Shakespeare in the Park, 2013


“Rhinebeck Writers Retreat was invaluable to the development of our new musical. The time spent upstate afforded us the opportunity to write, edit, collaborate, and delve deeper into the work – in a gorgeous, relaxing environment.”

~ Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman

Itamar Moses & Gaby Alter

Nobody Loves You

The Old Globe in San Diego in 2012 and Second Stage Theater off-Broadway in 2013


“Our musical is at a very advanced stage of development—about five years now. It can be easy to assume that rewrites will be faster at this stage. What we learned at Rhinebeck is that, if anything, rewrites at this stage require even more intense focus. The retreat provided us with the perfect environment to do just that, by eliminating distractions, providing us with a comfortable house to work and collaborate, groceries and a beautiful natural setting away from the city and our other projects.” 
~ Itamar Moses and Gaby Alter

Itamar Moses and Gaby Alter, writers of Nobody Loves You

The Lobbyists, Seth Moore,

& Liz Carlson


World premiere at Naked Angels in 2015,

Drama Desk nomination for outstanding music, production at White Heron Theatre on Nantucket in 2017.


“Our team is comprised of seven writers and a director, so mobilizing all of us in New York can be tricky. Being in a tranquil environment like Rhinebeck – where the focus is placed on the work and its development – and being compensated and provided for while there comprise an invaluable experience. We were able to birth our ideas and subsequently feed them.” 

– Tommy Crawford

Kyle Jarrow &

Duncan Sheik


Selected for NAMT’s Festival of New Musicals


“I find that one of the toughest challenges of the writing life is shutting out the noise of the world, the distractions of the business side of things, and the mental clutter that comes from simultaneous work on multiple projects. Duncan and I were able to cloister ourselves and focus with a thoroughness that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise.  The result was an awesome level of productivity!.” – Kyle Jarrow

Glenn Slater &

Wendy Wilf


World Premiere Asolo Rep, FL in 2017

“At a crucial moment in our project’s development, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat gave us exactly what we needed — a precious week of distraction-free time in a writer-friendly environment where we could eat, sleep and breathe our musical.  We left Rhinebeck recharged and re-energized, with a big chunk of new work under our arms, and a renewed sense of team unity.”  – Glenn Slater, Tony Nominee

Amma Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin, Josh Williams, Khalil Sullivan

At Buffalo

“Our team is spread out across the country so having the opportunity to be in the same time zone and location for a week, share meals, encourage each other, offer immediate feedback, and work together into the wee hours of the night, was incredibly fruitful and inspiring.”

– Khalil Sullivan

Janet Allard &

Niko Tsakalakos

Into The Wild

RWR’s 2016 Triple R musical,
Encore Theatre in Michigan in 2017


“When we came to Rhinebeck, our draft was a monster. During the week, I was amazed how we were able to hone our draft into a streamlined, forward-moving set of scenes and songs without the ‘extra stuff’ getting in the way of the forward propulsion in the story telling. It was that devoted time Janet and I had together in a room to figure out with clarity what was really necessary to tell our story.” – Niko Tsakalakos

Joe Iconis, Lance Rubin, &

Jason Williams

Broadway Bounty Hunter

RWR’s 2015 Triple R musical and

World premiere at Barrington Stage, MA, in 2016

“My collaborators and I felt supported, appreciated, and encouraged, all of which allowed us to be amazingly productive during our stay in Rhinebeck.  We found ourselves continually inspired and invigorated by our surroundings.  We really felt like we were part of a family there, and that fueled us to not take the opportunity for granted and create some truly great material.  We didn’t want to let our family down.  It’s so rare to find a place that truly fosters new works in the way the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat does.” – Joe Iconis

Michael Kooman &
Chris Dimond

The Noteworthy Life
of Howard Barnes

Eugene O’Neill Theater Festival,
NAMT Festival of New Musicals and
Village Theatre Festival in Issaquah, WA


“Rhinebeck Writers Retreat gave us the time, space, support, and freedom to focus on completing a draft of our script and score.  Freed from the constraints of life in New York City, and removed from the pressures of product-oriented development opportunities, we were able to take a step back, see the project in a different light, and take the risks necessary to help it achieve its full potential.” ~ Chris Dimond

Timothy Huang

Peter and the Wall

“I can’t get over how amazing Rhinebeck was from start to finish.  Even before my residency began, I was given attention and support for my piece in a way that no other residency I have ever participated in has given me.  My Sounding Board advisor made it his priority to not only answer my questions but also ask me his…about my show, where I was hoping to go with it, what I was hoping to accomplish during my residency.” – Timothy Huang

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