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 25-Sunday August 2, 2015
Led by Michael Rau and Will Davis
Directors and Dramaturgs from
Curious Theatre Company
Miracle Theatre Group
Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company
New Harmony Project
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 an ongoing projects with Will Davis and Michael Rau
-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 early evening 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.
-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 13, 2015.
By attached PDF or Microsoft Word documents
Invited participants will be notified by May 10, 2015
(Early submission and acceptance notification is possible if applicants' home institutions have earlier professional development funding deadlines. Please inquire.)
MICHAEL RAU is a live performance director specializing in new plays, re-imagined classics, and opera.Since 2008 he has been working internationally in Germany, the UK, Ireland, Canada, and the Czech Republic. He recently made his German language directing premiere at Theater Bielefeld. He has also created work in New York City at PS122, The Culture Project, HERE Arts Center, Ars Nova, The Bushwick Starr, The Brick, 59E59, 3LD and Dixon Place. He has directed productions regionally in Chicago and Cleveland, and was a guest artist at Wesleyan University in 2011. He has developed and directed new plays at the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, the Lark and New York Theater Workshop. His recent work includes the world premiere of Petr Kotik’s opera Mistrovská díla at the Jiří Myron Theatre in Ostrava, Czech Republic and a digital media projectTemping, an interactive installation about office culture. He is currently developing a dance/video/theater piece based on Edweard Muybrige’s photography, and and through the support of the Likachev Foundation, he is devising a theater project based on Mikhail Lomonosov’s work and biography. He is the artistic director and co-founder of Wolf 359, with playwright Michael Yates Crowley. As a theater company they have been working together since 1998 and their production of Righteous Money has been on tour since 2009 and has visited Berlin, Dublin, Edinburgh, three small cities in Germany, and had two runs in New York City. Their production of The Ted Haggard Monologues was awarded the undergroundzero prize for Artistic Excellence, selected by New York Magazine as a “Critics Pick” and filmed by HBO. Their most recent show was developed at the IRT theater and was presented at the Public Theater in Joe’s Pub. Outside of his company, his devised work includes the games we used to play, which he co-created with Max Goldblatt, took first place at Les Fêtes théâtrales du Suroît in 2005, andAbsent with Jeremy Paul which used the entire span of the Detroit-Superior Bridge in downtown Cleveland. His production of Four Saints in Three Acts was selected as a noteworthy production of the 2008 Opera America Director/Designer Showcase. His production of The Great God Brown was exhibited as part of the 2011 Prague Quadrennial. Michael Rau is a recent recipient of a fellowship from the Likachev foundation as well as an 2014 artist-in-residence at E|MERGE. He received the Willard Fellowship from Columbia University (2007). He also received the 2006 Kennedy Center Directing Fellowship, a 2007 New Play Network Directing Fellowship and a 2008 TCG National Conference Grant. He was an Artist-in-Residence at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center for three years, and has taught at New York University, Wesleyan University and Columbia University. In 2014, he developed the curriculum and led the Kennedy Center Directing Intensive on New Play Development and has created the Snow Camp Directing Workshop at the Strand Theater in Baltimore, MD. He has served as an assistant for John Turturro at Classic Stage Company, Les Waters at A.R.T., and Robert Woodruff at San Francisco Opera. He was selected as Young Artist Program for The Glimmerglass Festival where he assisted Anne Bogart on her production of Carmen, as well as Leon Major's production of Later the Same Evening, and Francesca Zambello on the world premiere of Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori's opera Blizzard on Marbleheadneck He has served as an associate director for Francesca Zambello’s critically acclaimed production of Showboat and Aida. He is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and a graduate of Wesleyan University and received his MFA in Theater Directing from Columbia University.
Will Davis is a transgender theatre maker focused on new and devised work. Both kinetic and visceral, you will know Will’s work by the way it moves. Will has developed, directed and performed his precise and physically challenging work with Red Tape Theatre, Salvage Vanguard Theatre, The Duplicates, in conjunction with the Fusebox Festival, New Harmony Project, Orchard Project, Performance Studies International at Stanford University, The Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights' Workshop, New York Theatre Workshop, Southern Rep and JACK. His production of Colossal by Andrew Hinderaker at The Olney Theatre Center led to eight Helen Hayes Award nominations (including Outstanding Director and Outstanding Production of a Play) and was re-conceived at Mixed Blood Theatre with a drumline. Recent work includes the development of two new devised works: Plays for Horses a new work for a horse, and The Boy from the Circus a love letter for the ghost of William Inge. Last summer Will directed the world premiere of Bright Now Beyond a new musical by Daniel Alexander Jones. With Michael Rau, he developed the curriculum and led the Kennedy Center Directing Intensive and the Snow Camp Directing Workshop at the Strand Theater in Baltimore, MD. Will is currently a 2050 fellow with New York Theatre Workshop and holds a BFA in Theatre Studies from DePaul University and an MFA in Directing from UT Austin.
Mark Bly is the Resident Dramaturg for The Acting Company founded by John Houseman and Margot Harley. He is currently an Adjunct Professor in the MFA Playwriting Program at Fordham/Primary Stages and is former Director of the MFA Playwriting Program at Hunter College 2011-2013. He was the Chair of the Playwriting Program at the Yale School of Drama from 1992-2004 and Associate Artistic Director at Yale Rep. Over the past 35 years he has served as a Dramaturg, Director of New Play Development, and Associate Artistic Director at such venues as the Arena Stage, Alley Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, Seattle Rep, and Yale Rep, and on Broadway dramaturging and producing over 200 plays. He has dramaturged on Broadway Emily Mann’s Execution of Justice (1985), Moises Kaufman’s 33 Variations (2009), and lbsen’s An Enemy of the People (2012). Bly has served as Dramaturg for world premieres of plays by Rajiv Joseph, Suzan Lori-Parks, Tim Blake Nelson, Sarah Ruhl, Ken Lin, and Moises Kaufman and has worked with such artists as Dan Sullivan, Doug Hughes, Molly Smith, Peter Sellars, Rolin Jones, Zelda Fichandler, Liviu Ciulei, JoAnne Akalaitis, Eric Overmyer, Matthew Maguire, Don Cheadle, Martha Plimpton, Hal Holbrook, David Hyde Pierce, Julianne Moore, Richard Thomas, Jane Fonda, and Judd Hirsch. Bly has written for numerous publications: Yale Theatre as Contributing Editor and Advisory Editor,Theatre Forum, American Theatre, The Dramaturgy Sourcebook, The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy, and LMDA Review. He is the Editor of Production Notebooks: Theatre in Process: Volumes I & II (TCG, 1996, 2001), and the upcoming Volume III, and Special Editor for Yale Theatre, “Return of the Dramaturgs,” Summer, 1986. In 2010 Bly received the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas G.E. Lessing Career Achievement Award, only the fourth time the award was bestowed in the organization’s history. In 2014 he established the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas Bly Creative Capacity Grants and Fellowships funding and supporting innovative projects that will advance the field of dramaturgy. He has served as Director of the Kennedy Center New Play Dramaturgy Intensive for the last five years.