Reminder: Applications due Friday, April 1 for KENNEDY CENTER NEW PLAY DRAMATURGY INTENSIVE

Reminder: Applications due Friday, April 1

In association with
The Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas [LMDA]
The National New Play Network [NNPN]

Saturday July 23-Sunday July 31, 2011

Led by
Mark Bly
Senior Dramaturg and Director of New Play Development, Alley Theatre
John Baker, Literary Manager, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
Madeleine Oldham, Dramaturg and Literary Manager, Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Gavin Witt, Senior Dramaturg, Centerstage
Amy Wegener, Literary Manager, Actors Theatre of Louisville
Miriam Weisfeld, Director of New Play Development, Woolly Mammoth Theatre
and others

An eight-day Intensive program at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts focusing on enriching the participants’ experience as the key resource to the playwright and director of new work.

Eligible participants are current university students [undergraduate or graduate] and recent graduates entering the field. A limited number of places in the Intensive will be held for faculty. It is anticipated that up-to sixteen participants will be invited.

The program will consist of:
-Daily meetings with Mark Bly
-Assignments with mentor dramaturgs on the eight plays being developed and rehearsed during the MFA Playwrights’ Workshop, produced in association with NNPN, at the Kennedy Center.
-Group sessions with each projects’ dramaturg.
-Discussions on institutional new play development process and policy with the theatre companies represented on the creative teams of the MFA Playwrights’ Workshop. The creative teams are still being determined, but the theatres represented in 2010 were: Unicorn, New Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Berkeley Rep, Centerstage, Florida Stage, Woolly Mammoth, Borderlands, Playwrights’ Theatre of New Jersey, and Arena Stage.

Each day’s schedule will be coordinated with the MFAPW rehearsal blocks [9:30am-1:30pm, 2:30-6:30pm], with lunch meetings and early evening sessions.

Tuition and Housing:

Travel and meals are the responsibility of the participant. Shared Lodging will be in the residence halls of the George Washington University, in the Kennedy Center neighborhood.

To Apply:
-a letter of motivation for attending the New Play Dramaturgy Intensive
-a resume of related experience
-an appropriate writing sample
by: April 1, 2011

By attached PDF or Microsoft Word documents


Invited participants will be notified by April 29rd.

(Early submission and acceptance notification is possible if applicants’ home institutions have earlier professional development funding deadlines. Please inquire.)

MARK BLY is the Senior Dramaturg and Director of New Play Development at the Alley Theatre in Houston, TX. He serves also as Distinguished Professor of Theater at the University of Houston where he teaches Playwriting and Dramaturgy on the faculty with Edward Albee. Prior to this he was the Senior Dramaturg at the Arena Stage and Director of Arena’s New Play Development Series. Before joining Arena Stage, Bly served for 12 years as Chair of the Graduate Playwriting Program at the Yale School of Drama and as Associate Artistic Director for the Yale Repertory Theatre. Bly hasdramaturged over 100 productions at major regional theaters and on Broadway. Highlights of his career include dramaturging the premiere of Suzan-Lori Parks’s The America Play at the Yale Rep and Public Theater, dramaturging the premiere of MoisesKaufman’s 33 Variations at the Arena Stage and on Broadway, and becoming the first Production Dramaturg to be credited on a Broadway production when he worked onExecution of Justice, written and directed by Emily Mann in 1986. He has written forDramaturgy in American Theater, Theater Forum, American Theatre and also Yale’sTheater as Contributing and Advisory Editor. He wrote introductions for and edited volumes I and II of The Production Notebooks: Theatre in Process. He most recently gave a keynote address at the 20/20 Playwright Conference at the University of Birmingham, England. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Bly was the Chair of the Board of Directors for Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas from 2001-2005.




Gregg Henry, Artistic Director

Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

Education Department

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Washington DC 20566-0001