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
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
You’d be hard pressed to find an artistic director who doesn’t know the “right” answer when it comes to the question of playwrights of color. Not so with gender.
Clarify your goals: what’s your objective for this production? Is your goal to break even? Have a commercial success? If you don’t know before you begin, hard to access your success at the end.
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.
Ticket sales: here’s the formula for estimating how much you’ll make from ticket sales. A = number of seats in house; B = total number of scheduled performances; C = average ticket price
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
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
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
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