Jenifer Toksvig

Other Stuff I Do

Advocacy

The Larder

The Larder is a dynamic online resource for writers. There's a newsletter, a blog, a Twitter feed and a YouTube account, and the occasional event, all aimed at getting information out to musical theatre writers.

Under the umbrella of The Larder, I'm also working with the Writers Guild of Great Britain and the Musician's Union, as well as Equity, the ITC and the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, to update and collate guidelines for musical theatre writing in the UK.

You can check out The Larder here.

Archival / Capture

Photos

I started taking photos properly on The Chaosbaby Project, and now I take theatre-making process photos fairly often, from inside the process rather than on the sidelines. Which means I get trodden on a lot if I'm not careful.

Here's my Flickr photostream.

Albums

Part of capturing is creating albums, guest books, in which people leave written responses. They can take any form, from scraps of brown paper left lying around, to a more traditional book. They're filled with provocations, and generally Accompanied by someone who makes the process more of an active conversation between audient and show.

Data

Sometimes it's just about inventive ways to capture data mid-process. At Improbable's 2015 Devoted & Disgruntled open space event in January, I captured some data around the participants' experience of the process, which you can see on Flickr here.

Tumblr

Here's my Tumblr, which is where I capture discoveries, thoughts and questions about The Copenhagen Interpretation as a process, including this stuff.

Writing Craft

Facilitation

I am a graduate of the Musical Theatre Writing Programme at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, in Cycle X. With fellow NYU alum Rob Hartmann, I co-designed and co-facilitated the M.A. in Writing Musicals post-graduate degree at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London. I have also designed and taught courses in musical theatre writing to undergraduate students at Portsmouth University, and graduate students at Goldsmiths College in London.

Writing Workshops

I've run writing craft, collaboration and devising workshops of various kinds for lots of people, including Mercury Musical Developments, at The Actors Centre, and for most of the major drama schools, as well as at literary festivals, and in schools, for writers of all ages. I've also organised major musical theatre events for higher education musical theatre teachers.

My particular interest is in the exploration of a writer's unique voice and working process, and in the collaborative process of writers and performers developing new work together, often through improvisation. I also do a lot of developmental cold readings of early drafts with actors, and some creative counselling, and I've worked as a dramaturg on the development of new shows in England, Denmark and America.