The American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) was introduced in May 2005 by Northwestern's School of Communication to bring together the nation’s leading artists in music theatre to work in collaboration with Northwestern’s faculty and students.
Since its inception, AMTP has been committed to the development and production of new musicals by leading professional artists. The program’s partnership with Northwestern University provides a rich, safe, and multidisciplinary environment for new works to thrive, and the program’s collaboration with professional artists provides unparalleled opportunities for Northwestern’s students and faculty to be intimately involved in the creation of new work. This commitment was part of the original vision of AMTP’s founders, Stuart Oken and Dominic Missimi, who conceived of the program as both a haven for professional creative teams looking for space, time and resources to develop adventurous new work, and as a vibrant arena for education and academic engagement.
Founded in 1851, Northwestern University is one of the country’s leading private research and teaching universities. With its impressive infrastructure of facilities, faculty and students, and its progressive methods for teaching and learning, Northwestern welcomes artists and projects that benefit from a nurturing creative process and a means of introducing new work to the broader creative community.