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In 2013, our conference, Having Our Say: Our History Our Future was a major success.

Theresa Rebeck wowed us with her fiery keynote event, Lin-Manuel Miranda schooled us on exciting new forms of musical theatre, and Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman discussed their journey down the yellow brick road.

The Dramatists Guild's 2015 national conference, Writing the Changing World, promises to be a happening unlike any other. Bringing together more artists from film, television, and social platforms, we’re offering panels and workshops on storytelling for the future. Attendees will be exploring creative outlets in an ever-growing theatre community, have access to entrepreneurial marketing strategies for all creatives, and continue to map out challenging artistic paths.

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We know a lot of you probably have friends who’d like to come to the conference, but perhaps are a little tight on resources to make it all happen. Here’s our offer to you (and them):

If they register between now and midnight of July 2, and mention your name as a registered conference participant in the notes section, they can use the discount code DGFRIEND and receive 50% off their registration fee (their total registration would be $197.50). Everybody wins! You get to spend time with each other and share some of the fantastic workshops offered in the conference.


Just to be clear about this session, this is a one-on-one conversation between Stephen Schwartz and our New Jersey Regional Rep, Stephen Kaplan, and not a one-on-one session with individual conference participants. There will be a Q/A session for you to ask anything on your mind at the end of this session on Saturday at 11:00.


Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to meet with members of the Business Affairs office! We are offering 15-minute private sessions with Ralph Sevush, David Faux and Deborah Murad from our Business Affairs Department at the conference in La Jolla. Are you thinking about basing a work on a real person, or have questions about dramaturgs? Our attorneys have the knowledge and expertise to get your questions answered.

Space is limited and you must sign up in advance to participate, so don’t delay! If you are interested in scheduling a session, please send your request to Amy VonVett, Executive Assistant to Business Affairs, avonvett@dramatistsguild.com. Sessions are available on Thursday from 2-4PM and  Friday and Saturday from 10AM-12PM. Sessions will be filled in the order they’ve been received. Please specify if you need a specific date. While we do not guarantee requested slots, we will do our best to honor them.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference!


Friday and Saturday morning of the conference, start your day with a yoga session. Stretch, get focused, get ready for a day of great programming. Free of charge to conference participants (mats available for a nominal fee).




Regional reps Gab Cody (Pittsburgh) and Hortense Gerardo (New England) will be offering a really interesting panel on writing collaboratively for non-traditional spaces. This workshop will be offered alongside a walking tour. See description below.

Immersive, Site-Informed and Virtual Realities in Theatre
- Moderators: Gab Cody, Hortense Gerardo

An examination of the writer's role in theatre that challenges the conventions of traditional performance space and the collaborative methods used to create such work. The panelists will discuss the multifarious ways immersive, site-informed and virtual reality work is created and the demands placed on a writer during the process. Learn what companies and producers are looking for in a production and the challenges a playwright might expect from such a collaboration. Our esteemed panelists include Marike Fitzgerald, Associate Producer, Without Walls (La Jolla Playhouse),  Jennifer Haley, playwright (The Nether, Froggy, Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom), Marte Roel, Artist/Researcher, The Machine to Be Another -Virtual Presence and Sam Turich, Director/Co-Creator, STRATA & OjO (with Bricolage Production Company). Location: Scripps 2

For those of you interested, from 11:10- 12:10, there will be a Walking Tour of the Without Walls Festival Sites. Join Marike Fitzgerald, Associate Producer of the Without Walls Festival for La Jolla Playhouse, on a walking tour of the sites that informed their 2013 site-specific festival and those that will be used for their 2015 festival. Please Note: This is an ambulatory experience. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk for an hour. Please RSVP to Gab Cody at ecrasez@gmail.com, if interested.




Below is the programming throughout the four days of our time together in La Jolla. Here are some things to know:

1.     Like anything else that involves juggling a lot of people to show up on a specific date, we’ll do everything we can to keep the programming as is. But if some folks have to withdraw at the last moment, we hope you’ll understand.

2.     Not everyone’s name on a particular panel is listed. Often you’re simply looking at the name of the host or chair of the panel.

3.     Panels are typically 45-55 minutes long, giving folks time to walk to the next session. All of the events and workshops happen on the same floor of the convention hotel.

4.     We considered Thursday a travel day, so there is a half day of programming.  The two fullest days of programming (like in previous conferences) are Friday and Saturday; Sunday is a conference breakfast.

5.     Every night there is after-hours programming – readings of members’ plays, additional workshops, Q/A’s with literary managers, meeting of organizations like the International Centre for Women Playwrights. We’ll put this programming out to you next week.

6.     In total there are over 100 panels, workshops, readings, keynotes and the like throughout the conference. In years past, conference participants were torn between which panel to attend. Some events will be live-streamed for all DG members across the country, but we won’t know more about that until closer in.




In addition to the official conference programming, several conference participants will be presenting readings of their work or have arranged informal gatherings around topics of interest. The After Hours, a very popular activity from the Chicago conference, will take place at the same hotel as the conference after regular conference programing ends each day. All conference attendees are welcome to attend any of these 20+ After Hours events!   For a detailed schedule, click here: http://ow.ly/OlLvv




We’re really fortunate to have so many vibrant, working guest artists joining us in La Jolla from all across the country, offering their wisdom and guidance through workshops, panels and conversations. Here are two we’d like to introduce you to:

Workshops: The Global Impact of Diversity on Our Stages, A Director’s Approach to New Plays, The Stages of a Writer’s Life for the conference

Christine is an award-winning writer, actor, filmmaker, director and advocate for inclusion. Her plays and musicals have been developed at such places as the Roundabout Theatre Company, Crossroads Theatre, The Barrow Group, CAP21, The Weston Playhouse, Gorilla Rep, Leviathan Lab and the Village Theatre (upcoming). A collection of her written work is included in the Library of Congress Asian Pacific American Performing Arts Collection. As a performer, she has been breaking the color barrier in non-traditionally cast roles for over 25 years, and has been featured extensively on Broadway, off-Broadway, in regional theatres across the country, in film, television, and concerts worldwide. She is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild, Actors’ Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA, an alumna of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writing Workshop, a founding member of AAPAC (Asian American Performers Action Coalition), and founder of The Asian American Composers & Lyricists Project.

Workshops: Comedy Across Mediums, The Cultural Fingerprint in Television for the conference

David is the author of the plays The Lady With All The Answers (off-Broadway Cherry Lane Theatre starring Judith Ivey; Lortel nomination), God's Man In Texas, The Ice-Breaker, Babbitt, an all-new book for Lerner and Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon, and The Lifeguard: Ronald Reagan And His Story. His plays have been widely produced at regional theatres throughout the country, including Actors Theatre of Louisville, Geffen Playhouse, Old Globe, Denver Center Theatre, Alliance Theatre and Pasadena Playhouse. He has adapted several classic screenplays for live performance, including All About Eve, Casablanca, Adam's Rib and Sunset Boulevard, produced at the Hollywood Bowl with John Mauceri conducting Franz Waxman’s Oscar-winning score. David written and produced hundred of hours of prime time television, including “Empire,” “Revolution,” “V,” and seven seasons of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”


Thursday, July 16th at the DG National Conference in La Jolla

Please note: to participate in the Exchange you must be registered for the conference.

The purpose of the Exchange is for songwriters to share their work with scriptwriters seeking collaboration on new works of musical theatre. Twelve songwriters will perform one song each. Twelve playwrights in the early stages of developing a new musical, for which they have not yet found a composer or lyricist, will be invited to share a brief synopsis with the group. The Exchange will be moderated by Dramatists Guild Director of Membership, Roland Tec.

Please read the following carefully before reserving a spot:

Composers and Composer/Lyricists
You must have one song (no longer than five min.) ready to be performed live for the group. Please specify if you wrote the lyrics, music or both. Composer-lyricist teams are welcome to attend provided that they are seeking a book writer to collaborate with. If you do not wish to perform your own song, you may bring a singer and/or a pianist, as needed. Unfortunately, CDs or other audio recordings are not suited to the nature of this event. All songs must be performed live. Please indicate when you RSVP whether you will be performing your own song, or bringing performers and if so, please specify their names and what they will be doing, (e.g. Piano: Joe Schmoe, Vocals: Jane Doe, etc.) Composers and composer-lyricist teams must submit a PDF of the sheet music to their song to reserve a spot. Also, please submit a brief bio (250 words, max.) outlining your professional accomplishments to date. In the case of a songwriting team, please be sure to include a bio for each contributor. Singers and pianists coming to perform your song do not need to register for the conference. Their names will be on a list of special guests for the Exchange only.

Playwrights and Bookwriters

You must have a musical project in the works for which you are seeking a composer. This can be as far along as a script that you feel is complete and just needs music to a general idea for a musical you'd like to write but on which you have not yet begun working. NOTE: If you have a project with a composer already attached, this event is not for you. Playwrights should provide both a brief bio (250 words, max.) outlining your professional accomplishments to date and a brief project synopsis (250 words, max). Be prepared to talk about the project you imagine and the type of collaboration you envision. 

Interested Guild members should submit their materials via the Google Form Found Here http://goo.gl/forms/ak7j2LIKvM
Submission Deadline: June 15th at 6PM EST. Participants will be notified of their acceptance into the Exchange by 6PM EST on June 22nd.

Spots will be reserved by a lottery of applicants but an RSVP WITHOUT all the required supporting materials will not be accepted.




Here’s your last chance to get that conference deal! The Early Bird deadline ($325 for the conference fee; $395 after) expires tonight at midnight. Why pay more when you don’t have to?

Here are four sessions that we thought might be fun for you to know about:

Agents, Publishing and Productions - Peter Hagan, Gary Garrison

Long time theatrical agent Peter Hagan became the President of Dramatists Play Service in January of 2014. What better person to have a discussion with about agents, publishing and productions than Mr. Hagan? Join Gary Garrison, DG Executive Director of Creative Affairs for this lively discussion on Friday, July 17th at 5:00 as part of the conference programming. Earlier that day (at 1:00) Hagan will sit with Ralph Sevush, Executive Director of Business Affairs, and Council members Julia Jordan, Charlayne Woodard and Doug Wright to discuss Dramatists Play Service’s pivotal role in both the theatre industry as well as in the history of the Dramatists Guild.

Beyond the Fourth Wall: Immersive Theatre - Gab Cody, Hortense Gerardo

Join Pittsburgh Regional Rep Gaby Cody, and New England Regional Rep Hortense Gerardo, on taking theatre into the streets in non-traditional settings. This workshop will be combined with a walking tour, focusing on the Without Walls Festival, with Marike Fitzgerald of La Jolla Playhouse.

On-line Media/Blogging as Political Activism - Howard Sherman, Mike Lew

Howard Sherman, one of our country’s most prolific on-line advocates for playwrights  (particularly around issues of censorship, among many other things) and Mike Lew, dramatist and newly elected Council member, will discuss the power any artist can wield with a strong on-line media presence.

Dramatists Guild Conflicts and Their Resolutions - Ralph Sevush, Stephen Schwartz John Weidman, Doug Wright

Ralph Sevush will sit with two former Dramatists Guild Presidents (John Weidman and Stephen Schwartz) and newly elected President Doug Wright, to discuss some of the more key, important strategic issues that the Guild has had to address historically and  particularly over the last 15 years that these three Presidents represent - issues that have had a profound impact on your careers as dramatists.




Last week we gave you an idea of the Thursday and Friday programming for the conference, and today we add Saturday (the fullest day of the conference).

We also wanted to give you a heads up that hotel rooms in the conference hotel (The La Jolla Hilton Torrey Pines) have sold much faster than anyone anticipated. If you've planned to stay at the conference hotel (our recommendation), you might want to book sooner than later. Wednesday nights are not available, however.

And as announced last week, because we know so many of you would like to see more of the programming in place before you actually commit to the expense involved in the conference, we're extending the deadline while we finalize the programming. The Early Bird deadline ($325 for the conference fee; $395 after) has been extended from May 1 to May 15. But here is a rough outline of the workshops and panels being designed for our three days together.

Thursday, July 16:

A Conversation with John Logan (Red, I'll Eat You Last)
All Conference Reception
Building Community: How to Get Produced in Your Own City
Member Regional Meet and Greets
One-on-One Sessions with Business Affairs
RX for the Creative
The Songwriter/Bookwriter Exchange
Using the Senses: Character and Story Creation
Writing From History: Finding Your Niche (and Passion)

Friday, July 17:

Adapting Fact and Fiction For the Stage
Agents, Publishing and Production
Audio/Radio Drama Writing
Beyond the Fourth Wall: Immersive Theatre
Copyright: Can I Do That? Dramatists Guild Conflicts and Their Resolutions
Marsha Norman: A Keynote Speech
Mock Business Negotiations
Multidimensional Theatre: Shifting Texts
One-on-One Sessions with Business Affairs
Playwrights and the New Play Exchange
Playwrights Creating for the Web
Playwriting and Parenting
Presentation of The Count
Self-Production: Drop-In Session
Software for Dramatists: An Easy Tool for Writing
Synopsis Writing
The 11 O'clock Number
The Artist As CEO
The Dramatists Guild Fund Is Here to Help You
The Global Impact of Diversity on Our Stages
The Making of a Juke Box Musical
The Playwright Performer
What Everyone Should Know about Dramatists Play Service
Writing a Book Musical
Writing Wrongs

Saturday, July 18:

A Conversation with Linda Bloodworth-Thomason (First Wives Club - The Muscial; Designing Women)
A Director's Approach to New Plays
A Practical Guide to Self-Publishing
An All-Star Cabaret
Blogging as Political Activism
Comedy Across Mediums
Creating Character in Story and Song
Creating Unforgettable Villains
DG in Conversation with SDC
Federal Taxation and the Dramatists
How a Play Starts; How and Why It Stops
How to Submit Your Plays (So Your Work is Produced)
Internet Piracy and Its Effects on the Dramatists
La Jolla Playhouse: The Discovery
Musical Theatre Adaptation
One-on-One Sessions with Business Affairs
Playwrights Collectives
Practical Marketing Tools for Every Dramatist
Reshaping The Color Purple
The Cultural Fingerprint in Television
The Intersection of Art and Politics
Turning the Political Into the Theatrical
Vector Theory as Plot Structure
Women Writing Women
Writing for Theme Parks (TYA)
Writing Musical Theatre Outside NYC




Because we know so many of you would like to see more of the programming in place before you actually commit to the expense involved in the conference, we’re extending the deadline while we finalize the programming. The Early Bird deadline ($325 for the conference fee; $395 after) has been extended from May 1 to May 15. But as a hint of what we have in place, here is a sampling of some of the workshops and panels being designed for just the first two days:

Thursday, July 16 (the day begins at 3:00 pm):

The Songwriter/Bookwriter Exchange
RX for the Creative
Building Community: How to Get Produced in Your Own City
Writing From History: Finding Your Niche (and Passion)
Using the Senses: Character and Story Creation
One-on-One Sessions with Business Affairs
A Conversation with John Logan (Red, I’ll Eat You Last)
All Conference Reception
Member Regional Meet and Greets

Friday, July 17 (the day begins at 9:00 am):

Writing Wrongs
Beyond the Fourth Wall: Immersive Theatre
Audio/Radio Drama Writing
Multidimensional Theatre: Shifting Texts
The Artist As CEO
The Making of a Juke Box Musical
Playwrights Creating for the Web
Writing a Book Musical
Copyright: Can I Do That?
Dramatists Guild Conflicts and Their Resolutions
Playwriting and Parenting
Playwrights and the New Play Exchange
Agents, Publishing and Production
The 11 O’Clock Number
The Playwright-Performer
The Global Impact of Diversity on Our Stages
Synopsis Writing
Self-Production: Drop-In Session
One-on-One Sessions with Business Affairs
Marsha Norman: A Keynote Speech
Presentation of The Count




With only a week to go before the Early Bird registration closes (a savings of $65 dollars if you register now), we wanted to share with you that, like in Chicago, we'll be offering popular sessions for playwrights and musical theatre writers, plus provide a forum for you all to ask your business questions.

One-on-One with Business Affairs. Conference participants will be able to sign-up for a fifteen minute, one-on-one session with one of the Guild's three lawyers: Ralph Sevush, David Faux, Deborah Murad. Bring that nagging question you've always wanted to ask and have one of our lawyers guide you through to an answer.

The Making of a Juke-Box Musical. Roger Bean, the creator of The Marvelous Wonderettes (which has seen hundreds of productions throughout the country and world wide), will guide us through the complexities, legalities and difficulties of creating a juke-box musical.

Comedy Writing Across the Mediums. Members of the DG Council and regional rep staff will discuss how theatre, film and television are similar when constructing comedy, and at interesting times, completely dissimilar.n 2013, our conference, Having Our Say: Our History Our Future was a major success.




Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, creator, writer and producer of  the enormously popular Designing Women, and with such other television credits as M*A*S*H, Rhoda, One Day At a Time, Evening Shade, novelist, documentarian and the bookwriter of the current musical adaptation of The First Wives Club (currently running in Chicago), will join us for a conversation with The Dramatist Editor, Joey Stocks.

We’ll continue on trend with our extraordinary member-generated workshops in La Jolla. Some of what’s already been scheduled includes Playwriting & Parenting (how do you juggle an artistic life with the responsibilities of family), Developing Musical Theatre Outside of NYC, Using the Senses to Create Character and Story, Building Community: How to Get Produced in Your Own City, Writing From History, Audio Drama and so many more. A full list of programming should be available by the end of April.

Laura Penn, Executive Director of SDC (The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers), Doug Wright and Ralph Sevush (Executive Director of Business DG Affairs) will have an open conversation about new business understandings between our two national organizations.

Marsha Norman (The Secret Garden, The Color Purple) will offer her two-hour workshop on crafting the book for a musical, as well as being one of our featured keynote speakers.

Roland Tec, Director of Membership, will offer advice and wisdom on self-production during drop-in office hours.




As we begin designing some of the three days of programming that will be offered at the national conference, we want to keep you informed of what's taking shape.

Bobby Lopez (The Book of Mormon) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Frozen) will join us again to discuss some aspect of writing for musical theatre. These talented folks are in residence at La Jolla Playhouse this summer working on their new musical, Up Here.

Peter Hagan, President of Dramatists Play Service, Inc., will join us to discuss some aspects of new play development, play publishing and the very important relationship of DPS to the Dramatists Guild.

Ever wondered when or if you can use a Beatles song for a transition in your play? Deborah Murad, one of our incredibly capable lawyers here on staff, will offer a session on Copyright: Can I Do That?

And Roland Tec, our Director of Membership, will again offer the very popular Songwriter-Bookwriter Exchange at this year's conference.

CONFERENCE REMINDER: we know money is tight for everyone, and we're trying to help everyone in any direction that we can. To that end, just remember that the Early Bird Special conference fee ($325 for DG members, $435 for non-members) ends May 1. After that full registration is $395 for members and $515 for non-members.




We are very excited to bring back After Hours programing - which was very successful at our 2013 conference in Chicago. In addition to the plethora of official conference programming, several Guild members will be presenting readings of their work or arranging informal gatherings around topics of interest. After Hours will take place at the same hotel as the conference, right after regular conference programing ends each day. All conference attendees are welcome to attend any After Hours event - free of charge!

If you want to present a table reading of something you’ve been working on with your peers, or maybe you’d like to talk about a certain 99 seat theatre issue that’s been on everyone’s mind, whatever your idea is - send it our way! If you are interested in organizing an event of your own, please contact Rebecca Stump, Manager of Member Services, at: rstump@dramatistsguild.com, for more details.

Here are two examples of what conference participants organized for our 2013 conference in Chicago:

Saturday, August 24 7:00PM-7:50pm
EM Lewis - The Gun Show
We have a gun problem in America; the problem is, we really, really like them.  A new one-person show about guns and gun control.

Friday, August 23 9:00PM-9:50PM
Nancy Cheser - Improvisation Workshop
Build on Jeffrey Sweet's workshop. Bring a scene that you would like improvised by fellow participants.




During our third national conference, we’ll have four tracks of programming running simultaneously. One track will be devoted to business and legal affairs for dramatists, two tracks -- focused on playwriting and musical theatre writing - will highlight many of our Council members attending the conference, and one track will be devoted completely to member-generated workshops and panels.

Last year, member-generated programming covered alternative forms of dramatic writing, dramatists on the web, theatre for young audiences, translations and adaptations, dramatists who teach underserved communities and balancing fact and fiction in dramatic writing. With almost three full days of scheduling, we’re hoping participating members will offer a wide variety of programming that interests everyone.




Beyond all the incredible members we have joining us from all over the country, here are a few of our Council members and special guests already signed on to join us across the three days in La Jolla:

Stephen Schwartz

Marsha Norman

John Weidman

Lisa Kron

Doug Wright

Amanda Green

Carol Hall

John Logan

Laura Penn

Bobby & Kristen Anderson-Lopez

Charlayne Woodard

Lynn Ahrens

Stephen Flaherty

(all participants subject to change)

Each week we'll be adding more and more workshops, panel and seminars hosted by Guild members across the country as well as our Council and staff. Here is a sampling of what's in the making:

The Making of the Musical The Color Purple

All-Star Cabaret of Composers and Lyricists

Issues of Gender and Sexuality On Stage

The Actor-Playwright

Making Art in Immersive, Site-Specific Theatre

A Member-Generated Monologue Slam

Writing for Theme Parks

Writing the Historical Drama

Adapting Theatre to Film: A Study of Wicked from Stage to Screen




Discounted Rates

DG has negotiated a discounted, group rate for a limited number of hotel rooms at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines at the rate of $199/night, plus applicable taxes, based on availability, for rooms that are booked through the conference website. The hotel will not take reservations directly.

Exclusively, for DG guests at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, DG has negotiated discounted overnight self parking at a rate of $15/per night and a 50% discount of internet in the guest rooms per night.

Airport Transfer Info

For attendees wishing to schedule shuttle service to/from the San Diego airport to the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, a group discount has been arranged with SuperShuttle. The group discount is $2.00 off a one way reservation and $4.00 off a round trip reservation. Either click on the link below or call 1-800-blue-van and use code LW4NK to receive this discount off of your total cost. There is an option to book Sedans as well. http://www.supershuttle.com/default.aspx?GC=LW4NK




You are now able to register online for both the conference and hotel accommodations at La Jolla Hilton Torrey Pines.

As with our first two conferences, Complete Conference Coordinators, Inc. will guide our members through this process. We think you'll find them to be incredibly helpful.

Aside from the beautiful surroundings of La Jolla, California, you'll also be treated in this conference to really exciting workshops, panels and conversations with some our country's leading theatre artists. Each week we'll be releasing more and more information about the conference, but for now we're happy to announce that Tony Award winning playwright, John Logan, (I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers, Red, The Last Ship), and screenwriter (Penny Dreadful, Skyfall, The Aviator, Gladiator) will open the conference Thursday night with a one-on-one conversation with the Guild's very own Joey Stocks.

We're also working with La Jolla Playhouse for a theatre outing on Friday night, as well as an all-star dramatist cabaret on Saturday night.

We're so looking forward to seeing you there. Register today (and save with our Early Bird Registration!) and cross one less thing off your "To do" list.




A huge thank you to our current sponsors of Writing the Changing World!

BMI supports its songwriters, composers and publishers by taking care of an important aspect of their careers – getting paid. BMI supports businesses and organizations that play music publicly by offering blanket music licenses that permit them to play more than 8.5 million musical works. Both relationships save each time and money.

The DLDF, formed as a nonprofit arm of the Dramatists Guild of America, advocates on behalf of you, of theaters, audiences, and all those in the culture at large who are confronting censorship on stages across America. As well, we are here to defend indigent artists who cannot defend themselves.

The DLDF’s mission includes educating about the importance to our society of an ever-expanding public domain and a proper administration of the copyright laws that serve to ensure it. We are here to inform theater professionals and students about the fair practices that have evolved in the industry in order to protect your dramatic works.

The Dramatists Guild Fund has been a resource to dramatists and non-profit theaters for over fifty years, providing aid and offering educational programs to countless individuals.

Goddard’s low-residency MFA in Creative Writing includes a nationally recognized dramatic writing program in Vermont and Washington State, led by an award-winning faculty who are actively involved in TV, film and the professional theatre. A 48-credit, rigorous, student-centered program for writers, Goddard’s MFA in Creative Writing Program is ideal for people with commitments to family, work, or other personal obligations, who choose to live their lives and hone their writing skills at the same time. The dramatic writing program regularly hosts luminaries from the theatre and film industries and offers concentrations in TV writing, libretto writing, playwriting and screenwriting.

The Lilly Awards were founded in the spring of 2010, by Julia Jordan, Marsha Norman and Theresa Rebeck to honor the work of women in the American Theater. The awards are named for Lillian Hellman, who famously said to be a female playwright, “You need to write like the devil and act like one too when necessary.”

TYA/USA is the United States Center for the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People (ASSITEJ), and a national membership organization that strengthens the artistic and cultural impact of theatre for young audiences by empowering, connecting, and inspiring our members – thereby fostering a global appreciation of the field’s excellence. As a professional membership organization with 50 years of service to the field, TYA/USA is known for: One Theatre World, our biennial national festival and conference featuring performance, breakout sessions, and networking opportunties (next up: May 2017 hosted by Bay Area Children's Theatre, Oakland, California); TYA Today Magazine, Professional Development Webinars; the Young Playwrights for Change competition, and more. Please visit tyausa.org for more information.


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Having Our Say: Our History Our Future



In the Room: Lisa Kron

In the Room: George C. Wolfe

In the Room: Theresa Rebeck

In the Room: Martha Lavey

Conference Attendees

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Playwrights In Mind A National Conversation



In the Room: David Ives

In the Room: Christopher Durang

In the Room: Julia Jordan