Events and Education
The Guild offers varied outreach events to members across the country. We also take very seriously our commitment to writers, no matter their age or level of experience. Some of our programs include the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program, DG Academy seminars, Director/Dramatist Exchanges, Songwriter/Bookwriter Exchanges, Friday Night Footlights, and town hall member meetings across the country.
NYC Friday Night Footlights
The Guild sponsors readings of members' new work every Friday night, from September through May, in the Frederick Loewe Room in the heart of Times Square. This series was created as a way for playwrights to showcase their new works in front of an audience, with two readings every Friday night at 6pm and 7:30pm, free of charge. Interested members are responsible for gathering a creative team (actors, director, etc.) and bringing in an audience. To schedule your FNF reading in New York City, contact our Office Manager,Jennifer Bushinger by email. Due to heavy demand, we will respond to your emails in the order in which we receive them. Additional Friday Night Footlights reading series' are held monthly in San Francisco, Philadelphia and Baltimore. For more info on those, contact the local Regional Reps in those areas.
A series of seminars and conversations that plays on the idea of 'continuing education' and addresses issues of craft and the business of being a playwright. The popular DuoLogue and Contracts 101 seminars fall under the DG Academy umbrella. Previous participants include Christopher Durang, David Lindsay-Abaire, Stephen Flaherty, Mark Bly, Carol Hall and Jeanine Tesori.
The Fellows Program
The Dramatists Guild of America announces the thirteenth year of the Dramatists Guild Fellows program. Its mission is to enhance the sense of community among developing American dramatists by offering a year-long workshop designed to augment their training with practical experience and career information resources.
The Dramatists Guild presents four awards annually to theatrical writers across the country: the Hull-Warriner Award, the Frederick Loewe Award, the Flora Roberts Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Several times each year the Dramatists Guild hosts a Director/Dramatists Exchange, to which 15 writers are invited to meet 15 directors. Over the years, these Exchanges have resulted in countless lasting professional relationships crucial to a successful career in the theatre. These Exchanges are offered four times each year in Manhattan and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis following an email announcement to all members living in the Tri-State area. With less frequency, Director/Dramatist Exchanges are offered in other cities as well. For more information, contact one of the Guild's 26 Regional Reps. If you are a director living in the New York Tri-State area and would like to be considered for future Exchanges held in the Guild's offices in New York City, email Rebecca Stump, Manager of Member Services. All Exchanges are announced via a Guild e-Blast to members.
In 2009, the Guild began offering the Songwriter/Bookwriter Exchange inwhich songwriters (and songwriting teams) are invited to share one song andbookwriters are invited to describe a musical work-in-progress for which theyare seeking a composer collaborator. The Songwriter/Bookwriter Exchange isoffered several times a year throughout our regions. Recent exchanges have beenheld in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta. All Exchanges are announced via a Guild e-Blast to members.
DG Huddles are informal video conversations with Dramatists Guild members and special guests. In these huddles we discuss various topics from fundraising and time management to writer-director relationships and networking. Please check your email for an opportunity to join upcoming discussions.