Beth Morrison Projects (BMP) was founded in 2006 and quickly went from being an industry disruptor to a leader and tastemaker at the forefront of musical and theatrical innovation by commissioning, developing, producing, and touring the groundbreaking new works of living composers and their collaborators, which take the form of opera-theatre, music-theatre, and vocal-theatre. BMP encourages risk-taking and the result is provocative works that represent a dynamic and lasting legacy for a new American canon.
The 2014 bi-coastal expansion to Los Angeles sprang from growing partnerships and relationships with institutions such as LA Opera, the LA Phil, Ford Theatres, Center Theatre Group, The Broad Stage and RVCC. From 2018 to the present season alone, BMP produced 185 performances on 5 continents. BMP’s commitment to cutting edge musical expression has created “its own genre” (Opera News) of originality.
In 2013, Beth Morrison Projects and HERE Arts Center co-founded the PROTOTYPE Festival, which showcases contemporary opera-theatre and music-theatre projects over ten days each January. The New Yorker recently wrote that the festival is “essential to the evolution of American Opera,” and The New York Times called the festival “bracingly innovative… a point of reference.”
Always on “the edge of innovation” (Opera News), BMP has developed a trailblazing program, BMP: Next Generation, to identify and foster the next generation of opera composers. This crucial initiative is a prime example of the transformative and boundary-shattering programming for which BMP has been known for over a decade.
BMP has continued to innovate during the pandemic, most notably with the formation of the BMP: Producers Academy. Formed to focus on identifying and mentoring the next generation of creative producers and administrators, the Producers Academy served over 900 students in 17 different countries in its first season. Additional expansion was to delve into film with the creation of a feature length film entitled Black Lodge by composer David T. Little, poet Anne Waldman and Director/ Screen writer Michael Joseph McQuilken. Filmed on location in Maine and in the desert El Mirage, Black Lodge will hit theaters in the 22-23 season.
Other current and upcoming projects include works by composers Juhi Bansal, Tamar-Kali Brown, Ted Hearne, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Yaz Lancaster, Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa-Nzou Mambano, Emma O’Halloran, Elvis Perkins, Paola Prestini, Huang Ruo, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Du Yun, and more, with directors Julian Crouch, James Darrah, Lee Sunday Evans, Patricia McGregor, Michael Joseph McQuilken, Kevin Newbury, Elkhanah Pulitzer, Vita Tzykun, and more.