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Plays and Playwrights: Dramatists Corner

This guide is intended to help students find basic information about plays, and playwrights.

So you want to be a Playwright?

 Collectives and programs of interest with a emphasis on New York conferences, and organizations for young playwrights.

become a member!

The only professional association which advances the interests of playwrights, composers, lyricists and librettists writing for the living stage.

Dramatists Sourcebook

The official annual reference for playwrights put out by the Dramatists Guild. This up to-date directory is that authoritative reference for any serious or casual playwright. It contains a number of useful resources for playwrights, all in one place: Comprehensive listings of submission opportunities Conferences and festivals An annual submission calendar Listings of commercial producer Publishers and theaters Agents Attorneys Colonies and residencies Fellowships Grants & emergency funds Membership and service organizations Workshops

The Dramatists

Serving as the voice of American theater, this bimonthly journal of the Dramatists Guild features articles highlighting the creators and creative process of theater, including interviews, symposia and conversations with stage professionals, essays of personal experience and instructional pieces on craft.

stage writers

"the book sets out clearly and straightforwardly what to expect, what your responsibilities are, what your rights are, how much to charge for your services and how to protect yourself as a professional theater writer today. It's all here: copyrights, agents, contracts, script approval, credits, royalties .

Ensemble Studio

EST nurtures individual artists through its free membership program, which offers lifetime membership in the company to diverse theater artists selected via a competitive application process.

  • Youngblood-emerging professional playwrights under the age of 30.
  • the Playwrights Unit serves as an incubator of new work in film, television and fiction.
  • The EST/Sloan Project has been at the forefront of the wave of science-related theatre.
  • The primary goal of Going to the River is to provide a major New York City forum in which professional African-American female playwrights may develop, refine and present their work.

Lark Play Development Center

Founded in 1994, the Lark is a laboratory for new voices and new ideas, the Lark Play Development Center provides American and international playwrights with indispensable resources to develop their work, nurturing artists at all stages in their careers, and inviting them to freely express themselves in a supportive and rigorous environment. Programs include:

  • BareBones are simply staged, fully rehearsed public presentations of plays in the final stages of development.
  • Through our International Program, we use our play development model to help artists of different cultures communicate and create work that is strong and accessible to multiple audiences.
  • The PONY Fellowship was founded in effort to provide as comprehensive support as possible to an emerging playwright.
  • Playwrights' Week - This week-long festival of new plays,provides selected playwrights with a creative team (including a director and actors), ten hours of rehearsal time and a public presentation
  • Playwrights’ Workshop brings playwrights together to share and develop new work in a rigorous, yet highly flexible and professional environment.
  • A Roundtable is a cold reading of a script with the playwright, a director/facilitator, professional actors and invited guests.
  • A Studio Retreat gives writers 30 intensive hours over the course of a week to work with actors and a director to focus on the text of their piece.

Brooklyn Playwrights' Collective

ALL ARE WELCOME TO WORKSHOP THEIR PLAYS! For more info on BPC, email us,or find the Facebook group.  WORKSHOPS are every other Sunday. Email us for when and where.

NYC Playwrights

Stella Adler 2011-2012 PLAYWRIGHT RESIDENCY

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