Jenifer Toksvig

Tribes

I opened space for, and currently facilitate, three tribes of creatives:

The Larder (musical and general theatre, and the broader creative industries, UK / worldwide)
Women Who Write Musicals (international)
UK LGBTQ+ Theatre Makers The Gathering (UK-based community-embedded work)

Advocacy

With playwright David Edgar, I'm the current co-chair of the Theatre Committee, and I sit on the Executive Committee, of the Writers Guild of Great Britain. Recent projects there include revised Guidelines for Musical Theatre, and the publication of The Musical Theatre Kit of useful info for musical theatre writers, in collaboration with the Musicians Union.

In addition to being a member of the Writers Guild of Great Britain, I also belong to the Musicians Union, Equity, SDUK, the dramaturgs’ network, Mercury Musical Developments, and the Musical Theatre Network.

Academia

I'm a graduate of the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Programme at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

I've designed and faciltated several courses on musical theatre writing.

MA in Writing Musicals @ Mountview Academy
In collaboration with American writer/composer Rob Hartmann, I co-designed and co-facilitated the M.A. in Writing Musicals at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London.

MA in Musical Theatre @ Goldsmiths
I designed and facilitated the writing module, which is a portion of this general musical theatre course.

Module in Musical Theatre Writing @ Portsmouth University
An elective for undergraduate students

Craft 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.

Dramaturgy

I 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.