Jenifer Toksvig

The Larder @

Through my collective of creatives, The Larder, I facilitate open space conferences and events, produced in collaboration with a venue. More info is on the main Larder page.

The Larder @ The Old Nuns Head

An open invitation to Larder members to be in a creative space with free dramaturgical support, to ‘make their heart work’ - developing ideas that have no current commercial goal. Hosted by The Old Nuns Head pub in Nunhead SE15.

The Larder @ The Soho

In partnership with the Soho Theatre, and Devoted & Disgruntled, The Larder @ The Soho hosted an open space conference for industry professionals around the question: What are better ways for us to develop new musical theatre writing? This event was supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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.

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.

Tribes

I opened and facilitate three tribes of creatives:

The Larder (musical theatre writing and general theatre, UK / USA)
Women Who Write Musicals (international)
The Gathering (UK-based community-embedded work)

I am a member of The Chaosbaby Tribe, the Writers Guild of Great Britain, the Musicians Union, Equity, SDUK, the dramaturgs’ network, Mercury Musical Developments, the Musical Theatre Network, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.