The New Musical Theater of San Francisco (formerly Not Quite Opera Productions, Inc.) is a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 corporation dedicated to the development and production of original musical works for the stage. It is our mission to develop dynamic, challenging and richly nuanced world premier musical theater works, and to nurture local artists to create highly artistic productions with uniquely SF voices, perspectives, diversity and issues. Our vision is to present relevant theatrical experiences that deeply move our audiences, offer far-reaching insights and transform their perspectives on the human condition.

Anne Nygren Doherty – Artistic Director

Anne Nygren Doherty is the Artistic Director of The New Musical Theater of San Francisco, one of a handful of companies in the US dedicated solely to the development of original musical theater.  At The Alcove Theater – NMTSF’s home base – she develops, directs, produces and stages original musical theater productions, many by emerging Bay Area writers and composers. She conducts monthly workshops on musical theater – now serving 45 writers. She also directs “Round One”, a bi-annual cabaret of original songs by Bay Area writers and composers of musical theater.   Once the protegee of legendary Broadway lyricist and composer, Bob Merrill, she is the writer/composer of the long-running hit  Absolutely San Francisco,  which payed 130 performances at Alcove.   In a wide ranging career which began as an actress, appearing as Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the first season of Shakespeare and Company in Massachusetts, she has worked as a writer, director, composer and dramaturge and has worked with luminaries such as John Belushi, William Petersen, John Malkovich, Richard Dreyfus, Tony Award winning director Frank Galati, Tony Award winner Jayne Atkinson, and  Pulitzer Prize winner Milan Stitt,  Her plays – including the award winning  Lead Birds  – have been produced in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.

John Doherty – Producer
Over the course of his career, John has produced, directed and worked as jack-of-all-trades on hundreds of film, video and multimedia projects around the world. In addition to managing the technical and business affairs for New Musical Theater of San Francisco, he works full-time as the Senior Media Specialist for FX Palo Alto Research Laboratory ( – through which he shares several patents for multimedia technologies – and teaches Motion Picture/Video Lighting at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. New Musical Theater of San Francisco and the Alcove Theater represent another step in the long road he has taken to be close to musicals and the idealized “Show Business” he saw depicted in “Singin’ in the Rain” on TV in the 60’s.

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