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Seven Days of Aspirations for Busy Script Readers (plus an eighth with love from a freelance dramaturg)

Aspiration #1: We hire you because you're a good writer.

Aspiration #2: Be an artistic contrarian in an age of corporate sameness.

Aspiration #3: Be mindful that Audiences are made up of swimmers, skimmers, and divers (and Dramaturgs, who are deep divers, need to communicate and collaborate with swimmers and skimmers).

Aspiration #4: Don't overlook Ugly Ducklings and Nurture Hothouse Flowers.

Aspiration #5: Lists! Lists! Lists! Can't Stop, Won't Stop Reading!

Aspiration #6: Find Them. Develop Them. Support Them.

Aspiration #7: Take Care of Each Other. Take Care of our Earth. Take Care of our Stories.

Aspiration #8: "Best practices: be prepared to let shit go."

Two actors onstage facing each other.
Do White Playwrights Think About This?
Essay

Do White Playwrights Think About This?

27 February 2015

Larissa FastHorse explores the issues she deals with as a Native playwright, from finding an agent to what happens when she has to un-Native American a character.

Edward Albee headshot.
A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights
Essay

A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights

Edward Albee

28 February 2011

In this installation of A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights, Todd London salutes Edward Albee.

Actors rehearse for a play.
Make It Hurt So Good
Essay

Make It Hurt So Good

8 December 2011

Miriam Weisfeld ruminates on whether art should hurt, examining the dynamics of visual art, theatre, and American culture.

Photo of Caridad Svich.
Five Uneasy Pieces
Essay

Five Uneasy Pieces

10 December 2012

The playwright Caridad Svitch on five fruitful, uncomfortable pieces of playwritting.

101 Plays by The New Americans, or on Latinidad
Essay

101 Plays by The New Americans, or on Latinidad

25 November 2013

Emerging from the  Latina/o Theatre Commons is a list of plays everyone should have access to. This list helps start jumpstart the exploration of (but not define) Latina/o theatre.

Barriers, Needs, and Next Steps
Essay

Barriers, Needs, and Next Steps

A Convening on the State of Deaf Theatre-Making

6 April 2016

Several dozen artists, administrators, and activists met at the Lark Play Development Center in January 2016 to consider challenges and successes and the state of deaf theatre.

Native Communities and Climate Change, Center Stage
Essay

Native Communities and Climate Change, Center Stage

19 September 2016

Playwright Jaisey Bates urges us to include Native communities and artists in the work to combat climate change and in the work we put on stage.

Rules of Engagement for New Play Development
Essay

Rules of Engagement for New Play Development

22 January 2017

Tira Palmquist, Christy Montour-Larson, Heather Helinsky, and Jeni Mahoney share their insight and lessons learned on new play development. 

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