In 2016, Caroline Underwood formed The Caroline Underwood Agency, representing both British and American musical theatre writers ‘with a difference’. For the previous five years, she was Musical Theatre Consultant at London literary agency Alan Brodie Representation, where she represented both established and emerging musical theatre writers, with a client base reaching from London to New York.
Caroline has over twenty years’ music publishing experience at Warner/Chappell Music. As Head of Standard Repertoire and Musicals, she was responsible for exploiting the company’s musical theatre repertoire and American and British Songbook catalogue. During her time there she worked with many of the company’s top clients including the Irving Berlin Estate, the George and Ira Gershwin Estates, the Cole Porter Estate, the Rodgers and Hart Estates, the Noël Coward Estate, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Charles Strouse, Steven Sater and many more. She was also responsible for Warner/Chappell’s musical theatre licensing operation and for producing major theatrical events.
Caroline’s extensive list of appointments includes Consultant to Harry Potter Theatrical Productions; Chair of Mercury Musical Developments for fourteen years; Vice-Chair of the Bunnett-Muir Theatrical Archive Trust, liaising with the V&A on the transfer of this unique collection; Trustee of the Noël Coward Foundation; Trustee of the Lost Musicals Charitable Trust and non-executive director of Stagescripts Ltd.
In 2011, with Warner Brown, Caroline co-founded The S&S Award. This international Award, presented in association with Leicester Curve, was judged by a panel of industry luminaries, including Kent Nicholson of Playwrights Horizons in New York, Nica Burns of Nimax Theatres and Nikolai Foster of Leicester Curve, and went to the best new unproduced musical of the year. The Award was presented, at its annual London Gala at The Other Palace, by Michael Ball, Don Black, Nigel Harman and Janie Dee. The S&S Award has now transformed into S&S Theatre Productions, a company dedicated to producing radical new musical theatre with co-production links between London and New York.