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April 14, 2014

New Dramatists Awarded $350,000 from the Rosin Fund of the Scherman Foundation for NEW PLAYS/MORE WAYS

New Dramatists, the nation’s longest-running community of playwrights, was awarded a three-year, $350,000 grant from the Scherman Foundation’s Katharine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund to support NEW PLAYS/MORE WAYS, a comprehensive initiative that deepens the organization’s support of a resident company of 50 outstanding playwrights. NEW PLAYS/MORE WAYS extends and enhances the writers’ programming of week-long creative development sessions through the Creativity Fund, a highly-successful initiative that places writers at the center of the new work development process. The Rosin-Fund sponsored project also underwrites New Dramatists’ launch of a Virtual Home, enabling writer access to New Dramatists-sponsored technology tools, from anywhere, at any time.   Read More

March 17, 2014

NEW DRAMATISTS 65TH ANNUAL SPRING LUNCHEON TO HONOR SUSAN STROMAN

New Dramatists, Tony® Honor recipient and the nation's premiere playwright development workshop, proudly announces that we will honor five-time Tony Award winning director/choreographer Susan Stroman with our 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award at the 65th Annual Spring Luncheon tribute, to be held Thursday, May 22 at the New York Marriott Marquis. Among the Stroman collaborators offering tributes will be Tony Award winner Boyd Gaines and New York City Ballet’s Tiler Peck performing a selection from Little Dancer, Taylor Mac performing a selection from The Last Two People on Earth, Tony nominee Marin Mazzie performing from Bullets Over Broadway; and Contact collaborator John Weidman, and cast members from The Scottsboro Boys. The event co-chairs are Letty Aronson, Roy Furman, and Julian Schlossberg.  Read More

February 7, 2014

Sarah Hammond and Adam Gwon Win Weston Playhouse New Musical Award

The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company announces Sarah Hammond and Adam Gwon's String as the winner of its eighth annual New Musical Award. Book writer Hammond and composer/lyricist Gwon describe String as "a musical fable about the three Fates and a fall."   Read More

January 27, 2014

Samuel D Hunter and Braden Abraham Talk Seattle Rep's "A GREAT WILDERNESS"

New Dramatists resident playwright Samuel D. Hunter and director Branden Abraham recently talked with Broadway World Seattle about the upcoming production of Samuel's play A Great Wilderness at Seattle Rep.  Read More

January 13, 2014

Beyond the Culture Wars: A Conversation

Playwright J.T. Rogers and economist Eric Helland have been friends since childhood. Rogers, the author of Blood and Gifts, The Overwhelming and other plays, and Helland, a professor of economics at Claremont McKenna College in Los Angeles and a former adviser to the White House under President George W. Bush, found themselves, as they grew to adulthood, engaged in raging political disagreements. One ongoing argument concerns the propriety and the efficacy of public funding for the arts. On more than one occasion, Rogers and Helland have been asked to share their well-reasoned disagreements with an audience. The latest such event was an early-August session at New Dramatists, organized by American Theatre magazine and dubbed by the speakers “Beyond the Culture Wars: Arts Funding in America, Part 2.”  Read More

December 11, 2013

New Dramatists On the Road to Weston Vermont

From left to right: Peter Nachtrieb, Qui Nguyen, Barbara Hammond, John Walch, Clarence Coo; Front row: Emily Morse.

In November, the wonderful folks at the Weston Playhouse in Weston, VT hosted a writing retreat for six New Dramatists playwrights. New Dramatists supplied the transportation, food, of course the playwrights, and one staff member to coordinate it all for the week. Weston provided location location location; two beautiful old homes with multiple bedrooms, separate writing spaces, many bathrooms and working fire places right on Main Street in the quaint village of Weston, VT, that has not one, but TWO country stores!  Read More

November 22, 2013

2013 PlayTime Developmental Studio Playwrights Announced

Clockwise from top left: Barbara Hammond, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Susan Mosakowski, John Walch and Jenny Schwartz

New Dramatists, an artistic home and creative laboratory for talented, professional playwrights, is holding its eleventh annual PlayTime Developmental Studio December 2 through 14. This year’s playwrights are Barbara Hammond, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Susan Mosakowski, Jenny Schwartz and John Walch.  Read More

November 11, 2013

Love on San Pedro: Playwright James McManus on Hunger

Love on San Pedro is a play I wrote after spending the last year getting to know the people of the Downtown Skid Row community. It is fiction liberally peppered with the details of lives lived on the streets of Los Angeles as told to me by those who were generous enough to share their time, pain, joys and sufferings over many hundreds of hours of interviews, both planned and unplanned.   Read More

November 5, 2013

Video: Todd London - I Don’t Want to Talk about Innovation: A Talk about Innovation

Artistic Director Todd London, Executive Director Joel Ruark and resident playwright/board member Deborah Stein attended the National Innovation Summit for Arts & Culture in Denver, Colorado from October 20 - 22 as invited representatives of New Dramatists. Todd's speech I Don’t Want to Talk about Innovation: A Talk about Innovation was featured as part of the Artists as Agents of Change session of the summit.  Read More

October 10, 2013

First Full Stage USA Project to Hit the Stage as Cornerstone Debuts New James McManus Play in November

New Dramatists resident James McManus is the first of five playwrights commissioned through Full Stage USA - a joint-project between ND and partner theaters across the country - to have his play debut. Los Angeles' Cornerstone Theater Company opens Love on San Pedro on November 7.  Read More

September 24, 2013

TCG Books Releases "An Ideal Theater" Edited by Todd London

Theatre Communications Group (TCG) has announced the publication of An Ideal Theater: Founding Visions for a New American Art, a wide-ranging, inspiring documentary history of the American theatre movement as told by the visionaries who goaded it into being. The anthology collects over forty essays, manifestos, letters and speeches that are each introduced and placed in historical context by New Dramatists Artistic Director Todd London, who spent nearly a decade assembling the collection.  Read More

September 3, 2013

The Class of 2020: What Does Seven Years Mean to You?

Carla Ching, Jennifer Haley, Samuel D. Hunter, Chisa Hutchinson, Kristen Kosmas, Mona Mansour and Mark Schultz, whom together comprise the incoming playwright Class of 2020, kick-off their seven-year residencies at New Dramatists by answering the question "what does seven years mean to you?"  Read More

July 24, 2013

New Dramatists Announces New Members of the Playwright Company

Clockwise: Carla Ching, Jennifer Haley, Samuel D. Hunter, Chisa Hutchinson, Mark Schultz, Mona Mansour, Kristen Kosmas

New Dramatists, an artistic home and developmental laboratory for professional playwrights, is proud to announce the addition of seven writers to New Dramatists’ company. This talented group of theatre artists was selected by a seven-person committee of New Dramatists playwrights, alumni, and outside theatre professionals from 536 applicants after undergoing a highly competitive, nine-month evaluation process. The playwrights are: Carla Ching, Jennifer Haley, Samuel D. Hunter, Chisa Hutchinson, Kristen Kosmas, Mona Mansour, and Mark Schultz. They will be in-residence through 2020.  Read More

July 22, 2013

Sibyl Kempson and John Collins in Conversation at Walker Art Center

Elevator Repair Service director John Collins and New Dramatists resident playwright Sibyl Kempson talk about their creative process, both in general and in the making of Fondly, Collette Richland.  Read More

July 10, 2013

Obituary: New Dramatists Alum Anna Marie Barlow

Anna Marie Barlow (White) who is best known for her Broadway and Off-Broadway plays and musicals, died on July 3, 2013, in New York City, following complications from a stroke. Ms. Barlow was an alumna of New Dramatists.  Read More

July 3, 2013

London's Calling

Todd London in his office at New Dramatists (photo by Susan Johann)

In the summer of 2009, during the final day of Theatre Communications Group’s National Conference in Baltimore, Todd London—writer, scholar and artistic director of the venerable playwrights’ organization New Dramatists—was called up onto the stage of the Hippodrome Theatre to receive TCG’s first Visionary Leadership Award. Since then, the award has been given out annually to “an individual who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to advance the theatre field as a whole, nationally and/or internationally.”  Read More

June 25, 2013

Playwright-to-Playwright: The After Seven Festival Video Series

In this video series celebrating the 2013 After Seven Festival, we randomly paired the eight out-going playwrights of New Dramatists and asked them each to, after spending 7-years in each others' company either directly or universally, consider something they needed to know from that person and then to pose the burning questions.  Read More

June 12, 2013

Mobilizing in a Minefield of Mobilization

Last holiday season New Dramatists set out to mobilize a #NewPlayCrew. Are you a passionate supporter of new work? Raise your hand. Do you want to add your name to the rolls of a group that isn’t afraid to say it cares about generative artists and it’s willing to put it’s name on that imprimatur? Stand up and be counted. It won’t cost you a cent (unless you’re feeling spunky enough to throw five bucks at us). This ND-organized horde would then be supplied with insider info only available to the #NewPlayCrew.  Read More

May 20, 2013

What Price Idealism, or Who You Gonna Dance With?

One of my all-time favorite play titles is Christopher Durang’s ‘dentity Crisis. It’s minimalist genius: the personal crisis, the dropped “I.” Well, it’s ‘dentity crisis time in the nonprofit theater, but this time the “I” that got dropped stands for ideals or, maybe, idealism. It stands for impulse, as in the original one, and individual, as in individual aesthetic, the thing that makes it possible to distinguish one institutional theater from another, which is now a bit like taste-testing brands of milk. In fact, to read Diane Ragsdale’s air-clearing report on a 2011 confab between producers from America’s commercial and nonprofit worlds, the “I” fell off somewhere back In the Intersection,that crossroads where the art theater meets the money one.  Read More

May 13, 2013

Fellows Feature: 2012/13 Van Lier Fellows, Pt. 3 - The Plays

In early 2012, three writers were selected by three outside adjudicators to be Van Lier Fellows: Jackie Sibblies Drury, Brian Otaño and Charise Castro Smith. In conjunction with the upcoming Van Lier Festival, in a series of brief segments, Van Lier Coordinator Kristoffer Diaz engages the Fellows in conversation about influences, dream collaborators and the plays on which they are currently working. This is part two of three.  Read More

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