DIRECTING INTENSIVE: Developing the New Play
In association with
The Kennedy Center's MFA Playwrights' Workshop
produced in association with the National New Play Network [NNPN]
Saturday July 23-Sunday July 31, 2016
Led by Mark Routhier
With one-on-one mentorship from directors and dramaturgs from
NNPN Member Theatres,
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
An eight-day Intensive program at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts focusing on enriching the participants' experience as a 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 fifteen participants will be invited.
The workshop provides the participants with the opportunity to observe and work with a professional director as they guide a development based rehearsal room, and the chance to meet one on one with the director to discuss the rehearsal process, and the participants own work.
The workshop will engage all participants in an ongoing, rigorous conversation about the role and craft of the director in the new work landscape.
Participants will serve as assistant directors and will provide support to their assigned workshop play as determined by conversation with the director, and be available for a range of tasks that may be required in the room. Participants should must possess a generosity of spirit, curiosity for new play development and a passion for new work.
The program will consist of:
-Daily meetings and ongoing projects with Mark Routhier
-Sessions on the Director/Dramaturg/Playwright relationship with Mark Bly
-Assignments with mentor directors on the plays being developed and rehearsed during the MFA Playwrights' Workshop, produced in association with NNPN, at the Kennedy Center.
-Group sessions with each projects' directors.
-Discussions on institutional new play development process and policy with the theatre companies represented on the creative teams of the MFA Playwrights' Workshop.
Each day's schedule will be coordinated with the MFAPW rehearsal blocks [9:30am-1:30pm, 2:30-6:30pm], with lunch meetings and evening lab sessions.
Tuition and Housing:
Travel to Washington DC 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 at a cost of $36-56 (shared/private) per night.
-a letter of motivation for attending the Directing Intensive
-a resume of related experience
-an appropriate writing sample
-contact information for a mentor director who is willing to serve as a reference
By: April 15, 2016.
By attached PDF or Microsoft Word documents
Invited participants will be notified by May 10, 2016
(Early submission and acceptance notification is possible if applicants' home institutions have earlier professional development funding deadlines. Please inquire.)
Mark lives in Washington, DC as a freelance theatre artist. Mark was the Director of New Play Development at Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF. He directed productions of Bad Dog, The Best of Enemies, Pluto, The Cortez Method, Sense and Sensibility, God of Carnage, Opus, and Charlotte’s Web for Orlando Shakespeare Theater. He ran PlayFest, presented by Harriett’s Charitable Trust, OST’s new play festival. Plutoby Steve Yockey was part of an NNPN Rolling World Premiere. Bad Dog by Jennifer Hoppe-House had a second production in the Women’s Voices Theatre Festival at Olney Theatre Center in Washington, DC. At Theatre UCF, he directed The Importance of Being Earnest, Deborah Zoe Laufer’s Leveling Up and Kelly Lusk’s (a love story).
In New Orleans, Mark’s NOLA Project directing credits include David Adjmi’s Marie Antoinette (Top 5 plays of 2015, Times-Picayune), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Best Production and Best Director of 2014, Times-Picayune. And winner of 5 Big Easy Awards including Best Director of a Drama) and a co-production of Lanford Wilson’s Balm in Gilead with The Nola Project and Cripple Creek Theatre Co. (Best Production and Best Director of 2012, Times-Picayune. And winner of 2 Big Easy Awards including Best Director of a Drama). Other New Orleans credits include Orange Flower Water at the Elm Theatre (Big Easy Award for Best Director of a Drama, 2011), Cat’s-Paw with InsideOut Prod. at the Allways Lounge and Theatre, The Santaland Diaries with A.J. Allegra at Le Chat Noir. He was Associate Artistic Director at Southern Rep in New Orleans where he directed The Piano Teacher, Opus, and The Seafarer, as well as Zombie Town: A Documentary Play and Love Childfor Southern Rep @ Le Chat Noir. He directed the world premieres of John Biguenet’s Mold, the third installation of his Rising Water Trilogy, and Freedom by Joyce Pulitzer, Sean Patterson, David Seelig and Kitty Greenberg at Southern Rep.
Mark served as the Literary Chair and Vice President on the Executive Committee of the National New Play Network over five years. He helped oversee and directed in five NNPN MFA Playwright Workshops at the Kennedy Center. He was the Literary Manager and then the Director of Artistic Development at Magic Theatre in San Francisco. His favorite San Francisco productions were Kevin Fisher’s Monkey Room at the Magic Theatre, an adaptation of Terry Tarnoff’s The Boneman of Benares, and Steve Yockey’s Skin with Encore Theatre, and the NNPN Rolling World Premiere of Yussef El Guindi’s Jihad Jones and Kalashnikov Babes with Golden Thread. He received an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU. He is a proud member of The NOLA Project in New Orleans.
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