Reminder: Applications due Friday, April 1
THE KENNEDY CENTER
NEW PLAY DRAMATURGY INTENSIVE
In association with
The Literary Managers andÂ DramaturgsÂ of the Americas [LMDA]
The National New Play NetworkÂ [NNPN]
Saturday July 23-Sunday July 31, 2011
SeniorÂ DramaturgÂ and Director of New Play Development, Alley Theatre
John Baker, Literary Manager, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
Madeleine Oldham,Â DramaturgÂ and Literary Manager, Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Gavin Witt, SeniorÂ Dramaturg,Â Centerstage
Amy Wegener, Literary Manager, Actors Theatre of Louisville
Miriam Weisfeld, Director of New Play Development, Woolly Mammoth Theatre
An eight-day Intensive program at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts focusing on enriching the participants’ experience asÂ 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 IntensiveÂ 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 rehearsedÂ during the MFA Playwrights’ Workshop, produced in association with NNPN,Â at the Kennedy Center.
-Group sessions withÂ 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 theÂ 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 LodgingÂ will beÂ in the residence halls of the George Washington University, in the Kennedy Center neighborhood.
-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 SeniorÂ DramaturgÂ 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 SeniorÂ DramaturgÂ at the Arena Stage and Director of Arenaâs 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 hasdramaturgedÂ over 100 productions at major regional theaters and on Broadway. Highlights of his career includeÂ dramaturgingÂ the premiere of Suzan-LoriÂ ParksâsÂ The America Play at the Yale Rep and Public Theater,Â dramaturgingÂ the premiere ofÂ MoisesKaufmanâs 33 Variations at the Arena Stage and on Broadway, and becoming the first ProductionÂ DramaturgÂ 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 YaleâsTheater as Contributing and Advisory Editor. He wrote introductions for and edited volumes I and II ofÂ 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 andÂ DramaturgsÂ of the Americas from 2001-2005.
Gregg Henry, Artistic Director
Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington DC 20566-0001