Semifinalist, National Musical Theatre Conference
McCoy Rigby Ent. Raise Your Voice Award, diversity & inclusion.
Musical Theatre West 2022 New Works New Voices Festival
American Theatre Wing 2022 Jonathan Larson Grant Finalist


América Tropical’s initial development (outline to rough first-draft) was in a bootcamp conducted by John Sparks of New Musicals Inc. (NMI) in North Hollywood during the summer of 2019. In April of 2020, NMI sponsored a Zoom reading with actors and a small, invited audience, where the first half of the show was read. In September of 2020 América Tropical was selected by McCoy Rigby Entertainment (MRE) as the winner of the Raise Your Voice script competition sponsored by Inclusion Media Group. In January of 2021 América Tropical was selected as a semifinalist by the O’Neill Theatre Center’s National Musical Theatre Conference. On March 1, 2022, McCoy Rigby Entertainment produced a concert reading of the show at the La Mirada Center for the Performing Arts. In October of 2022, América Tropical was selected by Musical Theatre West to be featured in their New Works New Voices Festival, and given a concert reading on November 13, 2022, at the Assistance League in Long Beach, CA. Also in November 2022, the American Theatre Wing selected América Tropical as a 2022 Finalist for the Jonathan Larson Grant.