Larah Simpson Appointed Head of Plays at MTI | Playbill

Industry News Larah Simpson Appointed Head of Plays at MTI

Simpson will be responsible for licensing plays from MTI's London office.

Music Theatre International has announced Larah Simpson will take over as Head of Plays at the organization's London office. Simpson will be responsible for licensing plays from the Josef Weinberger Ltd. and MTI catalogues, working with new and current authors, and acquiring new titles. 

“I am delighted to assume the role of Head of Plays at MTI, where I have the privilege of joining a dynamic and inclusive team," Simpson said in a statement. "Embracing a wealth of timeless and brilliant plays, I am committed to fostering the presentation of exceptional stories and unique voices. My focus will include acquiring new works from talented British writers, all while upholding the enduring legacy of our classic texts."

Simpson previously worked as an agent at Macnaughton Lord Representation; and managed the foreign licensing department and estates of Peter Shaffer, Anthony Shaffer, Sean O’Casey, and more. Aside from licensing, Simpson has worked as an assistant producer for various productions, including the Olivier-winning musical Standing at the Sky's Edge. Simpson has also held positions with the MTI-represented writing team George Stiles and Anthony Drewe and The Dramatists' Club. 

“I am so happy to welcome Larah to our team," added MTI Managing Director Seán Gray. "We originally met via the MTI Stiles & Drewe Mentorship Prize, and I know that her broad perspective on theatre, which covers producing, agenting, licensing, and more, perfectly qualifies her to take this role on. I am sure she will be a fantastic addition to our team, and we will achieve great things together developing our work for playwrights and their plays.”

MTI was founded in 1952 by Frank Loesser and Don Walker. The organization now holds offices in London, New York, and Melbourne. With its catalogue of more than 400 titles, MTI represents an array of musicals including Broadway classics, contemporary hits, and more.


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