Resources [ Playwrights ]
A national discussion of theatre and new mechanism for promotion. Primarily, this site acts as a “gathering place for theatre ideas.” They collect and curate blog postings from various sources that connect to one another and try to follow ideas as they develop. They also post ideas & conversation starters and cover innovative projects, productions, what have you. The site also features the unfiltered twitter stream for #2amt and the #newplay, which originated with the Arena Stage New Play Development Project at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. These twitter streams are visible at the side of every page.
Now a decade into the 21st century the way we make, teach, understand, experience, and support the arts are in constant flux. In order to take the first steps towards addressing change in the arts sector it will be essential for the field to tap the ingenuity of its youngest professionals. 20UNDER40 brings the voices of these young arts leaders out of the margins and into the forefront of our cultural dialogue.
The BMI Librettists Workshop is a great opportunity for playwrights in the New York City area who want to expand their stage writing to include writing book for musicals. See the website for the application process; it is selective, but your experience as a playwright puts you in good stead. The workshop offers great training, encouragement, support, and amazing opportunities to meet both new and experienced composers and lyricists looking for librettists. (The creators of Avenue Q, Next to Normal, Little Shop of Horrors, and Ragtime, among many others, all met at the Composer/Lyricist workshop).The Librettists Workshop meets every Monday night, 6 to 8 pm, and it's free.
En Avant Playwrights is bulletin board for posting/sharing opportunities for playwrights wanting to send their work out. The opportunities are divided into play lengths (10 minutes and other short plays, one-acts, full lengths); staged readings, contests, and misc. There is also a Bring Your Own Production category, publication, grants & residencies, and Other Genres. Generally not a listing for opps for musicals, or for TV/film scripts.
Fractured Atlas offers a broad infrastructure of support for the arts community. The common thread among all our programs and services is that we help artists and arts organizations be more effective as businesses. That means providing the tools and resources that other industries and large organizations take for granted, Fiscal Sponsorship, Health Insurance, Liability Insurance, Professional Development, Special Offers and Discounts, Open Arts Network and Advocacy.
Feedback and noise, voices and discourse on the state of new work.Making new plays is a noisy business. HowlRound encourages playwrights, producers, directors, actors, and dramaturges to get loud and share the shouting with the field. They invite you to join the conversation about the state of new play development and production as they bring together interviews, opinions, ideas, and innovations. HowlRound welcomes feedback at any volume.
ICWP is a non-profit membership organization devoted to supporting women playwrights worldwide. Membership dues vary according to members' means and ability to pay, with the option of deferred dues in exchange for service to the organization. They are run entirely by volunteer playwrights, directors, performers and others who give up some of their time to ensure women playwrights from various cultures can discuss and develop their work. Membership includes access to the ICWP-L Listserv, professional development grants, access to a public searchable script database (where you can add your own with production details) and the opportunity to have your script cataloged and archived for current academic research and for posterity at the Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute, Ohio State University.
A bookstore of scripts for pantomimes and plays, with one-act-plays, plays for schools and children's theatre groups and panto scripts all on line. Pick a pantomime script or a play script from the shelf - you get to browse the script before you choose whether to buy it or not. (Like a bookstore, you can't take away the script unless you buy it, but you can sit in a quiet corner and read.)
The mission of The MacDowell Colony is to nurture the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which they can produce enduring works of the imagination. The sole criterion for acceptance to The MacDowell Colony is artistic excellence. The MacDowell Colony provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. A MacDowell Fellowship, or residency, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. There are no residency fees. MacDowell Fellows are selected by an admissions panels, which are comprised of a revolving group of distinguished professionals in each artistic discipline who serve anonymously for three years. There are three admission deadlines per year.
The Mid-America Theatre Conference is dedicated to the growth and improvement of all forms of theatre throughout a twelve-state region that includes the states of Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The annual conference includes panels managed by four symposia of the MATC: Theatre History, Acting/Directing, Pedagogy, and Playwriting. In addition to the four symposia, two panels are devoted to papers presented by students, one graduate student debut panel, and one undergraduate debut panel. The 2012 Conference will be held March 1-4 in Chicago, IL. Attendance is not restricted to the twelve-state region.
New Dramatists is dedicated to the playwright, and pursues a singular mission: to find gifted playwrights and give them the time, space, and tools to develop their craft, so that they may fulfill their potential and make lasting contributions to the theatre. Regarded as a national leader in playwright support and advocacy, New Dramatists has remained a pioneer in the field of new play development since their inception in 1949. They offer their company of 50 playwrights a home base and self-guided laboratory for seven years, free of charge, in the company of a gifted community of peers. Writers pay nothing to join and participate in New Dramatists. The program is made possible largely through contributions from the theatre and entertainment community. In return for this gift of time and resources, resident playwrights write and create new works for the theatre. The company organizes an average of 90 readings and workshops of new plays and musicals by its playwrights each season. New Dramatists gives talented writers time and space to experiment and grow, sustained by an inspiring community of peers. Sibyl Kempson, a New Dramatist playwright and Great Plains Theatre Conference panelist, performer and workshop instructor encourages playwrights to apply EVERY year until they get in
The New Timey Radio Hour is a podcast for premiere theatrical works. Their goal is to record a monthly show in front of a live audience, which will then be cut into weekly episodes, released every Friday. The scripts are new plays by burgeoning playwrights, performed and directed by talented members of Omaha's theatre community, accompanied by music and sound effects and the responses of the live audience. NewTimey.org is based out of Omaha, Nebraska and currently features three shows, The New Timey Radio Hour, The Stories of O (hosted by GPTC Producing Artistic Director Kevin Lawler) and The Encyclopedia Show Omaha.
The New Play Map, a pilot project of the American Voices New Play Institute at Arena Stage, is an open platform for the field to create a map of itself -- to make visible all the organizations, activity, and generative artists that comprise an infrastructure for new work. The New Play Map aims to be a community-generated, real-time map of the national new works infrastructure. It is designed as an aggregator and platform for collaborative editing of content. All content will be provided or “patched in” by people to whom the information pertains or by anyone knowledgeable about a particular event, organization, or artist. The site is real-time, in that any feed from blogs, video and photo sites, and social networks are updated on the site automatically and instantaneously.
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Scripped Writer is a Web-based software solution for screenwriters that allows you to format your scripts to industry standards without having to download software to your computer. Access your scripts from anywhere, at anytime with any computer and an Internet connection. This is a paid service, monthly or annually.
Short+Sweet Theatre is the biggest festival of ten minute theatre in the world! Held annually at different locations primarily throughout Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and new Zealand, the festival has helped launch the careers of countless theatre professionals. Each year Short+Sweet Theatre presents over 300 of the best ten minute plays from local and international writers in festivals worldwide.
Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, is the nation's largest independent publisher of dramatic literature and publishes the award-winning AMERICAN THEATRE magazine and ARTSEARCHÂ®, the essential source for a career in the arts. Membership with TCG includes networking and knowledge-building opportunities (conferences, events, research & communications), grants to theatre companies and individual artists, research and theatre data, publications, and more. TCG Exchange is a new service with centralized, theatre-specific listings that allow users to buy, sell, trade and borrow goods, space and opportunities, nationally.
The Playwrights' Center is now the biggest and most innovative playwriting center in the country. It has a comprehensive and current list of opportunities, easy to view, search and find the specific items of interest. It is also one of the largest sources of career-advancing financial assistance for playwrights in the country today. Membership services include their well-established Writer’s Opportunities listings, National calendar of New Work (including promotion of your own work), event calendar to promote your work, your own personalized profile page, a free Associate membership in Fractured Atlas, free playwrighting seminars and discounts on classes, discounted TCG membership and biweekly e-Bulletin.
TWB, born out of a need to connect artists around the world, is an informal, volunteer, virtual community that shares information and builds connections between individuals and institutions interested in international theatre exchange. TWB is a container for creating connections and sharing knowledge, information and skills. They take no political positions and it represent no political ideologies, but rather serves as a neutral space where artists from all backgrounds can meet in mutual respect. Rather than fundraising, administrating and aligning themselves with central funders TWB works on the basis of volunteerism.
For forty years, VCCA has awarded fellowships to thousands of exceptional writers, composers and visual artists. Fellows are able to work privately, uninterrupted for hours, days, weeks in a quiet studio but in proximity to more than twenty other highly accomplished artists with fresh insights, new ideas and stimulating conversation. Every residency includes a comfortable, private bedroom, three meals a day, and a private studio cradled in 400 acres of rolling Blue Ridge farmland. Applications are accepted and reviewed throughout the year, but scheduling is conducted at only three designated times during the year. Artists are accepted at VCCA without consideration for their financial situation, they ask Fellows to contribute according to their ability.
WomenArts is a worldwide community of artists and allies that works for empowerment, opportunity, and visibility for women artists. They provide a variety of free online networking, fundraising and advocacy services, and organize Support Women Artists Now Day (SWAN Day), an annual international holiday celebrating women's creativity in all its forms. They believe in the power of women artists to create, connect, and change the world.
American Theatre Magazine (TCG – Theatre Communication Group) is the must-read periodical about not-for-profit professional theatre. The country's leading arts journalists as well as top professionals from the field contribute to the pages of AMERICAN THEATRE, published ten times each year, with five of the issues containing an entire new playscript. Each fall, the magazine publishes a complete schedule of every production taking place that season at member theatres across the country.
20UNDER40: Re-Inventing the Arts and Arts Education for the 21st Century by Edward P. Clapp, kicks off a bold new dialogue concerning the future of the arts and arts education. Featuring 20 essays written by arts leaders under the age of 40, 20UNDER40 sparks a unique conversation that highlights the most innovative visions for the evolution and survival of the arts in the 21st century. With online discussion forums attached to each chapter and a robust social media following, 20UNDER40 is more than a book, it’s a cultural movement fueling ideas, conversation, and progress.
Getting Things Done, David Allen Allen, a management consultant and executive coach, provides insights into attaining maximum efficiency and at the same time relaxing whenever one needs or wants to. Readers learn that there is no single means for perfecting organizational efficiency or productivity; rather, the author offers tools to focus energies strategically and tactically without letting anything fall through the cracks. He provides tips, techniques, and tricks for implementation of his workflow management plan, which has two basic components: capture all the things that need to get done into a workable, dependable system; and discipline oneself to make front-end decisions with an action plan for all inputs into that system. In short, do it (quickly), delegate it (appropriately), or defer it.
Outrageous Fortune: The Life and Times of the New American Play by Todd London and Ben Pesner, looks at the lives and livelihoods of American playwrights today and at the realities of new-play production from the perspective of both playwrights and not-for-profit theatre. The study, drawing on years of comprehensive research, reveals a collaboration in crisis between the people who write plays and those who produce them. Outrageous Fortune makes clear the urgent need for new conversations and practices if the American play is to flourish.
The Art of the Turnaround, Michael KaiserMany arts organizations today find themselves in financial difficulties because of economic constraints inherent in the industry. While other companies can improve productivity through the use of new technologies or better systems, these approaches are not available in the arts. The performing arts industry faces a severe gap between earnings and expenses. Typical approaches to closing the gap--raising ticket prices or cutting artistic or marketing expenses--don't work. Michael M. Kaiser has revived four major arts organizations: the Kansas City Ballet, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, and London's Royal Opera House. In The Art of the Turnaround he shares with readers his ten basic rules for bringing financially distressed arts organizations back to life and keeping them strong.
A mobile & web platform that effortlessly allows you to record and upload audio while on the move, and add useful data to it such as photos, tags and location, for your friends, family or the rest of the world to hear. App available for iphone/ipod/ipad or android.
Rehearsal 2 is a fantastic and effective new way for actors to learn lines, explore character’s nuances, prepare for shoot or stage performances, record continuity notes or plan shots, submit voice over auditions and more via an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Watch the tutorial at www.rehearsaltheapp.com