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.
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. *Application for the 2013-2014 Fellows Program is now closed.*
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.
Friday Night Footlights
The Guild sponsors evenings of readings of members' new work on Friday nights from September through May in the Frederick Loewe Room in the heart of Times Square. To schedule your FNF reading in New York City, contact our Office Manager, Patrick Shearer, either by phone (212-398-9366) or by email. Additional Friday Night Footlights reading series' are held monthly in San Francisco and Los Angeles. For more info on those, contact the local Regional Reps in those areas.
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.
In 2009, the Guild began offering the Songwriter/Bookwriter Exchange in
which songwriters (and songwriting teams) are invited to share one song and
bookwriters are invited to describe a musical work-in-progress for which they
are seeking a composer collaborator. The Songwriter/Bookwriter Exchange is
offered several times a year throughout our regions. Recent exchanges have been
held in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta.
The Dramatists Guild’s In the Room Series.
The Dramatists Guild of America is proud to present its In the Room series, broadcasting archived audio, unheard by the public since their original recording.
In the Room features some of the most influential and celebrated playwrights, composers and lyricists in American theatre, sharing their insight to craft, process and personal stories behind creating some of their most celebrated work.
Visit In the Room