2015-16 Annual Report

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    Welcome To New Dramatists 2015-16 Annual Report

    Thoughts from New Dramatists' leadership team

    New Dramatists Artistic Director (Emily Morse) and Executive Director (Joel Ruark) share highlights of New Dramatists' 2015-16 season.

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    Company of Playwrights

    Admissions, Incoming, Continuing and Outgoing Residents and Fellows

    With a mission “to provide playwrights with time, space and resources in the company of gifted peers to create work, realize their artistic potential, and make lasting contributions to the theatre,” the life-source of New Dramatists is our ever-changing company of playwrights. Read on to learn more about our 2015-16 residents, the incoming cohort of 2023 and the completion of seven-year residencies for the class of 2016, and the playwright fellows who enrich our artistic community.

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    Resident Playwright Sharon Bridgforth shares her process during PlayTime 2015.
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    The Playwrights' Lab

    The Playwrights' Lab encompasses virtually all of New Dramatists' artistic programming

    Each resident playwright at New Dramatists becomes the artistic director of their own seven-year new work/new method laboratory, making New Dramatists’ annual programming richly disparate and wonderfully unpredictable. Lab activity runs the gamut from private creative meetings, to one-day readings, to week-long extended development sessions, to our two on-site studio intensives, PlayTime and the Composer-Librettist Studio.

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    The participants and audience prepare for the 2016 Composer-Librettist Studio final presentation.
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    Playwright Support Services

    Investment in, and engagement of New Dramatists' resident writer community

    Playwright support services include a broad range of initiatives and resources: writer/staff meetings throughout their seven-year residencies; writer-driven symposia, craft discussions, public and private discussion forums; New Dramatists’ sponsored writer retreats; playwright awards offered to ND residents and in one case, for the national writer community. New Dramatists also supports a range of other residency benefits, including free script duplication, free writing facilities, a free public script library and online catalog, and advocacy for our playwrights’ work to theatres across the nation.

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    Resident Playwrights and Staff meet for a semi-annual Writer's Executive Committee meeting.
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    Board of Directors, Staff and Internship Program

    From the Desk of Isobel Konecky

    "Throughout my time here, an impressive number of terrific playwrights have received first-class support from our exceptional staff…[the staff's] connection to the organization is deep: average staff tenure is 10 years, with one staffer holding 23 years of continuous service."

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    Long-time Board President Isobel Robins Konecky and Board Member Jim Dale at New Dramatists.
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    Impact

    New Dramatists' impact on participating writers and the playwriting/new play producer community

    New Dramatists provides playwrights with the flexibility, structure, and safety they need, to explore new ideas and take artistic risks. We’re proud of – and humbled by – our impact on the field, from individual reports made by playwrights and collaborators, to ways that projects supported in our Lab find homes on stages throughout the country.

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    Milestones

    News, achievements and novel programming

    A summary of important moments, projects and new initiatives that defined our 2015-16 season. We've cataloged here important FY16 achievements, defining organizational moments, and a peek at future programming and writer benefits.

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    Longtime Board Chair Seth Gelblum at the 2013 Spring Luncheon, where he was the honoree.
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    Contributors

    New Dramatists runs on 100% community power

    As an organization that raises its full operating budget from donations, we are deeply grateful for the wide range of individual, foundation, corporate and government donors who directly supported the work of our company of resident and affiliated playwrights in 2015-16, through support of our operations and programs, the 2016 Spring Luncheon honoring Audra McDonald, and various In-Kind Gifts of goods and services. As well, we’re deeply honored by Legacy Gifts and Pledges made to New Dramatists, which underpin our organization’s reserve fund.

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    Patrons enjoy the 2016 Annual Spring Luncheon at the New York Marriott Marquis.
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    Financial Health

    An overview of New Dramatists' financial stability

    We do not take financial stability for granted. Donated monies are devoted to our mission of service, and it is our responsibility to make certain that our fiscal management practices reflect appreciation for that relationship. Through careful budgeting and management, we've earned a solid reputation in the philanthropic and artistic communities.

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    Resident Playwrights and Staff meet for a semi-annual Writer's Executive Committee meeting.
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