Playwright Residencies

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I'm Tired of All This Drama!
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I'm Tired of All This Drama!

A Gathering to Discuss Contemporary Comedy in the American Theatre

Wednesday 17 October - Thursday 18 October 2018
Emerson College, Boston, USA
How to Care for Your Queer Playwright
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How to Care for Your Queer Playwright

Development, Community, and Fresh Air

by Abraham Johnson
6 September 2018
The How of Theatre
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The How of Theatre

a Playwriting Class

by Lauren Gunderson
24 July 2018
two performers hiding under a table
I'm Tired of All This Drama!
Video

I'm Tired of All This Drama!

A Gathering to Discuss Contemporary Comedy in the American Theatre

Wednesday 17 October - Thursday 18 October 2018
Emerson College, Boston, USA

A gathering bringing playwrights from around the US to talk about craft and the state of comedy in our field today.

How to Care for Your Queer Playwright
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How to Care for Your Queer Playwright

Development, Community, and Fresh Air

6 September 2018

Playwright Abraham Johnson reflects on the 2018 Lambda Emerging LGBTQ Voices Retreat, and the importance of supporting emerging Queer playwrights.

The How of Theatre
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The How of Theatre

a Playwriting Class

24 July 2018

Playwright Lauren Gunderson offers other writers lessons on dramatic structure, building characters, and crafting a powerful ending.

The Why of Theatre
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The Why of Theatre

a Playwriting Class

9 July 2018

Playwright Lauren M. Gunderson add to her video series "Why Theatre?" by discussing why theatre still matters in the age of filmed storytelling.

The Care and Feeding of Playwrights in Nashville
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The Care and Feeding of Playwrights in Nashville

23 April 2018

Nate Eppler shares how Ingram New Works Lab in Tennessee is helping playwrights build a creative home that both feeds the soul and the stomach.

Assessment of the National Playwright Residency Program
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Assessment of the National Playwright Residency Program

26 March 2018

Alexis Frasz and Holly Sidford assess the first round of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's National Playwright Residency Program, co-administered by HowlRound.

A Blueprint for Risk-Taking
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A Blueprint for Risk-Taking

8 March 2018

Artistic Director Kristin Marting discusses how developmental programs can better meet the needs of artists and shares best practices from HERE’s multi-year artist residency program in New York City.

Getting Serious about Promoting Plays by Women
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Getting Serious about Promoting Plays by Women

11 October 2017

Michael Wright discusses how his playwriting residency program WomenWorks is helping tackle the underrepresentation of female playwrights in the US. 

Who Are These People? How the Staff of Z Space Sees Their Lives, Jobs, and Home
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Who Are These People? How the Staff of Z Space Sees Their Lives, Jobs, and Home

6 October 2017

Meet the staff of one Bay Area theatre company and see how their lives, jobs, and homes interact and affect the artistic ecology of the Bay Area.

FemTour
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FemTour

A Road Trip Through the Lens of Equity and Inclusion

29 September 2017

Playwright Kirsten Greenidge and her family travel to feminist historical landmarks around New England.

Playwright-Parents, Part One
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Playwright-Parents, Part One

9 August 2017

Rehana Lew Mirza and Mike Lew document their first year as parents and Playwrights-in-Residence at Ma-Yi. 

The Huntington Playwriting Fellows
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The Huntington Playwriting Fellows

a Model for Community Building

25 June 2017

Playwright Melinda Lopez and Charles Haugland discuss the ins and outs of the Huntington Theatre Company’s Playwriting Fellows program, and how it can serve as a model for other companies looking to fill a need in their communities. 

The Huntington Playwriting Fellows
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The Huntington Playwriting Fellows

Lisa Timmel, Local Playwrights, and Radical Hospitality

24 June 2017

Huntington Theatre Playwright in Residence Melinda Lopez talks with Director of New Work Lisa Timmel about the company’s new play development program and practicing generosity.

Writing in the Woods
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Writing in the Woods

The Djerassi Playwrights Initiative

24 May 2017

Andrew Saito, participant in the Djerassi Playwrights Initiative, speaks to his experience at the residency.

A Ritual for the Alliance Theatre at Almost Fifty
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A Ritual for the Alliance Theatre at Almost Fifty

5 May 2017

Playwright Pearl Cleage shares her ritual at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Alliance Theatre’s new theatre space on March 30, 2017. 

Dramatic Structure
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Dramatic Structure

a Playwriting Class

3 May 2017

Lauren Gunderson continues her series of videos asking "Why theatre?" In this class, she addresses active characters in plays, and dramatic structure.

On Dialogue
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On Dialogue

a Playwriting Class

13 April 2017

Lauren Gunderson shares a video of her teaching a playwriting class on dialogue and asks the question: why theatre?

Steely Lies The Heart
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Steely Lies The Heart

Musings on Playwriting in the Age of Trump

1 April 2017

Kirsten Greenidge reflects on the playwright's relationship to this unruly moment of cultural shift and what happens to one’s work when the world around us is changing so rapidly?  

Diversity for Dummies
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Diversity for Dummies

25 March 2017

Ralph B. Peña offers advice to those looking to diversify their theatre companies and productions.

Theatre as Family, or Pumping Across America
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Theatre as Family, or Pumping Across America

16 March 2017

Aditi Kapil reflects on her experience having and raising children as a freelance artist, and how residencies can alleviate certain challenges.

Six Months In
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Six Months In

Lessons from Carlos Murillo’s Residency at Adventure Stage

13 March 2017

Adventure Stage Artistic Director Tom Arvetis and Playwright in Residency Carlos Murillo discuss how Carlos’ perspective has affected the company’s goals and operations.

Longtime Drifters
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Longtime Drifters

How the San Francisco Bay Area Affects the Playwrights who Live There

13 December 2016

Peter Nachtrieb talks to nine other Bay Area-based playwrights about their connection to where they live.

Interview with Herbert Sigüenza
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Interview with Herbert Sigüenza

10 November 2016

Dramaturg Maria Patrice Amon interviews Playwright Herbert Sigüenza about his comic influences, and Manifest Destinitis, his adaptation of Molière’s The Imaginary Invalid.

Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence
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Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence

Rachel Bonds

21 October 2016

Rachel Bonds writes about her residency at Ars Nova.

Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence
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Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence

Chisa Hutchinson

21 October 2016

Chisa Hutchinson writes about her residency at Second Stage.