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Long before playwrights or musical theatre writers join the Dramatists Guild, they often struggle professionally in small-to-medium-sized theatres throughout the country. It is essential, therefore, that dramatists know their rights, which the Dramatists Guild has defended for nearly 100 years. In order to protect the dramatist’s unique vision, which has always been the strength of…

by Joey Stocks In July 2015, at the Dramatists Guild’s National Conference in La Jolla, CA, I interviewed our keynote speaker—TV series creator, screenwriter, novelist, documentary film-maker, activist, and Guild member—Linda Bloodworth-Thomason. That summer, Presidential campaigns and allegations of sexual assault against Bill Cosby were in the news, and some of what Linda talked about…

STATEMENT New York, NY (May 12, 2017) – The Dramatists Guild of America is pleased to announce the release of a set of “Best Practices for Contests and Festivals” to be considered when writers submit their work to festivals, conferences, or contests. For years, writers have been contacting the Guild, concerned about variables in submission…

The Guild has reviewed this year’s contract for the NYC Fringe Festival and believes it is problematic, as are the Festival’s application requirements. Playwrights should be aware that the standard for fringe festivals around the world (including the US Association of Fringe Festivals , the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals, and the Edinburgh Festival, the…