ND: In Depth
ND: In Depth is a new podcast series sparked by resident playwright A. Zell Williams. In Zell’s words, "This podcast will give global access to the entire artistic community of New Dramatists, so that they can create their own bridges to audiences. And audiences will have access to the minds of award-winning storytellers they can take with them anywhere and listen to any timeI"
In this episode, resident playwright Andy Bragen gathers playwrights who run their own theatre companies. Listen as he, Julia Jarcho, Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas, Deborah Stein, and Eugenie Chan discuss the joys and challenges of taking the artistic lead.
To learn more about the work of each company, please visit their websites:
Each year New Dramatists recognizes four actors who have contributed substantially to the creation of new works by our resident writers. In our latest podcast episode, John Steber, New Dramatists' Director of the Playwrights Lab, interviews Vanessa Aspillaga, recipient of the Charles Bowden Award in 2005.
Five New Dramatists residents playwrights - Sharon Bridgforth, Andy Bragen, Clarence Coo, Erin Courtney, and Sibyl Kempson— talk about the evolution of their projects within the concentrated pressure-cooker environment of New Dramatists' PlayTime Developmental Studio. The episode was edited by Karinne Keithley Syers from interviews that she and Mashuq Deen, serving as resource playwrights to the participants, conducted during the second week of the Studio in November, 2015.
Three New Dramatists resident playwrights, Sylvan Oswald, Basil Kreimendahl, and Mashuq Deen, come together with the shared experience of being transmasculine artists working in the theatre industry. This hour-long candid conversation asks questions such as: What is the intersection between theatre and queer communities? Where are the commonalities in one anothers’ plays? Is there a shared agenda with regards to gender parity and opportunities in the theatre? How does a writer walk the line between generosity towards the audience and artistic authenticity? Sections of this conversation were published on HowlRound.
The latest in New Dramatists' podcast series is a re-airing of Lift Lift Lift, a dramatic collage written and produced by resident playwright Matthew Freeman, which premiered in 2014 at the HearNow Festival in Kansas City and on Atlanta Fringe Radio.The piece features performances by Moira Stone, Robert Honeywell, David DelGrosso, Matthew Trumbull and Stephanie Willing.
Manhattan Theater Club has been the subject of controversy in the news recently for their lack of diversity in the upcoming season. However, one of our New Dramatists playwrights in residence found it unsurprising in the least. Commentary by A. Zell Williams.
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New Dramatists resident playwright Sharon Bridgforth interviews her wife, Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance and of African and African Diaspora Studies at University of Texas at Austin, in their San Francisco apartment about the process of writing her new book, Theatrical Jazz: Performance, Àṣẹ, and the Power of the Present Moment, and the jazz principles upon which it’s based. The book focuses on the theatrical work of New Dramatists alumni Daniel Alexander Jones and Erik Ehn, among others, as well as Sharon's own work.
Subplot: Podcast from Behind the Scenes
New Dramatists resident playwright A. Zell Williams sits down with Abrams Artists Agency agent and President of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, Beth Blickers. For the past two decades, Beth has shepherded the careers of emerging and established artists, many of whom are or have been resident writers of New Dramatists. In this conversation, Zell and Beth look beyond the clichés of getting an agent to understand the relationship between an artist and their representation, how agents choose to take on clients, and how that relationship changes and grows over time.
Creating a Work of Art Based on a Work of Art
Barbara Hammond shares the research process for her new play, We Are Pussy Riot, based on the experiences of the Russian feminist punk performance protest group, Pussy Riot. Following her travels to Moscow and development sessions at New Dramatists, Barbara gathered a panel of experts on contemporary Russian culture and politics, and hosted a discussion that was open to the public. Panelists include Argemino Barro, correspondent for the war in Ukraine (El Confidencial); Melik Kaylan, journalist and political commentator (Wall Street Journal); and Mike Lerner, whose documentary film, A Punk Prayer, captures Pussy Riot’s trial after the arrest of their action at Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior in 2012. We Are Pussy Riot is a commission from the Contemporary American Theatre Festival and will receive its world premiere in July 2015 (www.catf.org).
New Dramatists resident playwright A. Zell Williams interviews fellow resident Matthew Freeman. In this in-depth, hour-long, personal interview, Matt shares wide-ranging stories including his formative experiences as a child of divorced parents, his actor training at Emerson College, his first foray into writing for experimental theatre in New York City during September of 2001, and his collaborative work on his recent play, The Listeners.