HIGHLIGHTS from NTC PIPELINE DISCUSSION
We have writers who have plays, musicals and operas
We have directors, designers, dramaturgs, scholars and producers
We have access to lists of artists/plays from Dramatist Guild, TCG, AEA
We have access to diverse artists and artists with disabilities
We have EXPERIENCE in all of our fields
We have ideas, passion, dedication, enthusiasm, training and talent
We have the desire to mentor
We have multidisciplinary backgrounds
We want to take risks!
• Places to work
• Full productions
• More roles
• More rehearsal time
• Artistic homes
• Opportunity to change the world
• Challenge the system and status quo
• A living wage
• Health insurance
• Fair pay
• Legal rights (directors & playwrights) / Legal/financial advice
• Mentorship on business tactics
• Good scripts to work on
• Combatting age-ism at both ends of the spectrum
• More opportunities for mid-career artists
• Playwrights – access to directors
• Directors – access to playwrights
• 2nd PRODUCTIONS! AND 3RD AND 4TH
• Benny Ambush / Emerson College – Main stage slot for playwright/director team every year.
• Risa Brainin / UCSB LAUNCH PAD
-One fully produced “preview production” each year of a new play with the writer in residence. Included in main stage season with professional director, designers, student/professional actors, 7-12 performances (all previews)
-Summer: LP offers 3 writers a 4-day workshop (20 hours) with professional director and student & professional actors with readings at the end.
• Deborah Brevoort / Goddard College - One working professional in residence for a development year.
• Deborah Brevoort / NYU rehearsal space for plays musicals
• Dan Carter / Penn State – space (scene shop, costume shop), money to commission, dramaturgs, actors, stage managers, technology, a promise to commit to all the above, production resources
• Holly Logue / Kean University – AEA Theater, new play competition with a production from June- Sept.
• Liz Engelman / UT, Austin
-New play showcase (MFA plays, invites professionals responders); invites professional director/dramaturg into professional development workshop class.
-UT pairs with new play programs – send playwright and director to observe and connect with professional projects.
• Anita Gonzales / University of Michigan – offers playwrights opportunity to have plays read in classroom for student feedback
• Kym Moore / Brown University - Funding to bring in guest artists a year
• John Poole / Illinois Shakespeare Festival – New play development for indoor series (summer guest artist – playwright for new play development – particular focus on women).
• Randy Reinholtz / San Diego State University – MFA Musical Theatre, “Quick Look” new play collaboration.
• Scott Steele / URTA & CMP – can help universities in contracting with professional guests, connection to 39 universities.
• Erica Tobolski / University of South Carolina - offers playwrights opportunity to have plays read in classroom for student feedback.
• Access and exposure to new plays
• Integrating new play development into curriculum
• Relationship to Literary Departments in professional theatres
• Next steps after “preview productions” – getting the plays to professional premieres
• Funds for guest artists
• Gender parity
• Large cast plays!
NEW PLAY DEVELOPERS RESOURCES:
• Susan Bernfield / New Georges - plays by women, including young women in universities, access to artists (playwrights and directors), partnerships, space.
• John Eisner / Lark – lab space for playwrights, generative and workshop programs, career training for writers, advocacy, access to scouting for writers that one doesn’t know yet, fellowships, international opportunities.
• Jeni Mahoney / Seven Devils – play development, access to new plays, internships, audience development, all events free and open at all times (including rehearsals), access to actors, directors, dramaturgs with development experience, over 150 plays developed.
• Jean Bruce Scott / Native Voices – Native plays, Native playwrights, 30+ plays by Native writers, Native actors and directors, SM’s, dramaturgs, space for Native plays.
• Elizabeth Van Dyke / Going to the River – female playwrights of color (has lists of full length, one acts, solo pieces), facilitate work (readings, workshops, productions, strategic planning, partnerships), expertise, contacts, networking, reputation, advocacy.
• Donna Walker-Kuhne / NJ PAC – Stage Exchange for NJ playwrights (collaboration and production), audience development, play development, funding to produce.
NEW PLAY DEVELOPER NEEDS:
• A way to get plays produced (plus 2nd, 3rd, 4th productions)
• Access to diverse artists
• Thinking time
• Planning Skills (training, facilitation, execution, dramaturgy training, partnership coordination)
• Leadership that is sensitive to diversity
• Openness to new processes
• Interdisciplinary conversations
• Respect for differences in process
• Deal with concepts of devised work
• 3-D: play development, active strategies = production
• Financial compensation for all artists = what makes it possible to do the job
• Linda Chapman– NYTW - Diverse artists: Directors, playwrights, new works.
• Sherry Eaker – Main Street Musicals - Projects need producers.
• David Fuller – Theatre 20/20 – internship opportunities.
• Jerry Genochio– KC Rep - Origins KC – New Works Festival, 3 New Productions, 3 Readings.
• Laurie McCantz – Network and Ensemble Theatre - Projects need producers and 2nd productions.
• Randy Reinholz - Native Voices – Touring shows; looking for partnerships, collaborations, co-productions and rolling world premieres of Native plays.
• Art Rotch – Perseverance - Diverse audience needed for new work.
• Art Rotch needs an airplane
• Free Housing for artists
• More mature actors for productions
• Working with large range of actors beyond showcase code
• Ability to work on a large scale