THE KENNEDY CENTER
NEW PLAY DRAMATURGY INTENSIVE
In association with
The Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas [LMDA]
and The National New Play Network [NNPN]
Saturday July 25-Sunday August 2, 2015
Led by Mark Bly
Iris Turcott, Magnetic North and Factory Theatre, Toronto
Adrien-Alice Hansel, Literary Director, The Studio Theatre
Celise Kalke, Director of New Projects, Alliance Theatre
Gavin Witt, Senior Dramaturg and Associate Artistic Director, Centerstage
Mead Hunter, Artistic Director, 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 the key resource to the playwright and 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 sixteen participants will be invited.
The program will consist of:
-Daily meetings with Mark Bly
-Assignments with mentor dramaturgs on the eight plays being developed and rehearsed during the MFA Playwrights' Workshop, produced in association with NNPN, at the Kennedy Center.
-Group sessions with each projects' dramaturg.
-Discussions on institutional new play development process and policy with the theatre companies represented on the creative teams of the MFA Playwrights' Workshop.
The creative teams are still being determined for summer 2015, but the theatres represented 2014 included: Actors Theatre of Louisville, Actors Express, Centerstage, New Repertory Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Kitchen Dog, and Borderlands Theatre Company.
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 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 New Play Dramaturgy Intensive
-a resume of related experience
-an appropriate writing sample
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.)
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.