Addendum 2 to Playwrights in Mind: A National Conversation

Below is a reprint from the Dramatists Guild July 14, 2011 e-Newsletter regarding the streaming videos from the conference to help you find and view  them:   DG’s First National Conference Videos Courtesy of New Play TV   http://www.livestream.com/newplay/video?clipId=pla_2a79a31d-4c43-4e0b-9381-14ea742c663c Gary Garrison welcomes everyone to the conference and does a brief introduction. Conversation with playwright Chris Durang.   http://www.livestream.com/newplay/video?clipId=pla_6873f662-f252-409e-af18-1a870052bae7 Artistic … Continue reading Addendum 2 to Playwrights in Mind: A National Conversation

Addendum to Playwrights in Mind: A National Conversation

The Dramatists Guild Conference, “Playwrights in Mind: A National Conversation” was held in Fairfax, Virginia from 9 – 12 June, 2011.  This was the first conference held by the Dramatists Guild.  To hear some of the speakers: Molly Smith, Arena Stage, and Julia Jordan, 50/50 in 2020, Todd London, New Dramatists, go to http://livestream.com/newplay.  You … Continue reading Addendum to Playwrights in Mind: A National Conversation

Day Three: Playwrights in Mind: A National Conversation – part two

PR lessons: Do not count on reviews to fill your house. Sometimes reviewers don’t even show up. And even if they do, the review just doesn’t have the same impact it used to. (Reviews are good for an actor and writer for career building.) Build an audience your own way. New media is the way to go. Having a PR person is the first wing of your attack.

Day Two: Playwrights in Mind: A National Conversation – part four

Publishing seminar with Abbie Van Nostrand of Samuel French, Deborah Hartnett of MTI, Music Theatre International, and Ron Pullins of Focus Publishing Selection: Focus: He has a list in mind what he wants to do and is interested in the changing theatre scene – acting, directing. “We sell people, not books.”  Doesn’t publish plays…except the dead … Continue reading Day Two: Playwrights in Mind: A National Conversation – part four

Day Two: Playwrights in Mind: A National Conversation – part three

Theatre for Young Audiences – Michael Bobbitt – Adventure Theatre and Kim Peter Kovac – Kennedy Center TYA includes adults performing for kids, kids performing for kids, and teen theatre. Theatre for Young Audiences is the operative word these days. Denmark has 60 children’s theatres. The best theatre professionals in the country work for it. … Continue reading Day Two: Playwrights in Mind: A National Conversation – part three

Day Two: Playwrights in Mind: A National Conversation – part two

Todd London of New Dramatists gave the keynote address on Friday, on “After Outrageous Fortune.” Here’s some excerpts: “We are perhaps a roomful of anachronisms, relying on outdated views of time and space.” New Dramatists is in a Lutheran church in Manhattan. It used to house a soup kitchen and thrift store in the early … Continue reading Day Two: Playwrights in Mind: A National Conversation – part two

Day Two: Playwrights in Mind: A National Conversation

The most helpful note from the “Dramatists on the Web” session: decide WHY you are blogging. One person said it was to create community. Another said it was to attract people to their work. The best blogs? Those that provide content you can use. For example, the site that just interviews playwrights. Adam Szymkowicz has … Continue reading Day Two: Playwrights in Mind: A National Conversation