OPPORTUNITY: The Kennedy Center New Play Dramaturgy Intensive

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

Saturday July 21-Sunday July 29, 2012
Led by Mark Bly
John Baker, Literary Manager, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
Madeleine Oldham, Resident Dramaturg and director of the Ground Floor, Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Celise Kalke, Director of New Projects, Alliance Theatre
Gavin Witt, Senior Dramaturg, Centerstage
Amy Wegener, Literary Director, Actors Theatre of Louisville
Miriam Weisfeld, Director of New Play Development, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
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 for summer 2012, but the theatres represented in 2011 were: Unicorn, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Centerstage, New Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, Victory Gardens, Fountain Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Northlight, Kitchen Dog, and Orlando Shakespeare Theatre.

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, 2012.

By attached PDF or Microsoft Word documents

To: ghenry@kennedy-center.org

Invited participants will be notified by May 1, 2012

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

Mark Bly was the Chair of the Playwriting Program at the Yale School of Drama from 1992-2004 while being the Associate Artistic Director at the Yale Rep. Over the past thirty years he has served as a Dramaturg, Director of New Play Development, and Associate Artistic Director at such theatres as the Arena Stage, Alley Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, Seattle Rep, and Yale Rep, dramaturging and producing over 150 plays. He has dramaturged on Broadway Emily Mann’s Execution of Justice (1985) and more recently Moises Kaufman’s 33 Variations. Bly has served as the Dramaturg for the world premieres of plays by Rajiv Joseph, Suzan Lori-Parks, Tim Blake Nelson, Sarah Ruhl, and Moises Kaufman. Bly has written for numerous publications: Yale Theatre as Contributing Editor and Advisory Editor, Theatre Forum, American Theatre, Theater Topics, and LMDA Review. In 2010 Bly received the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas G.E. Lessing Career Achievement Award, only the fifth time the award was bestowed in the organization’s history.