Business Affairs


The 2019 Dramatists Guild of America Council Election

Members of the Dramatists Guild have the privilege to participate in the annual Dramatists Guild of America Council Election. Each nominee has crafted a biography and personal statement for your review below.

Members will choose ten nominees and will their submit a ballot online via a secured, emailed link or, upon request, via paper ballot. Ballots must be received on or before Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm.

Click here to view your current council members.

Annual Meeting

We have scheduled the 2019 Annual Meeting for February 21 at the American Airlines Penthouse Lounge, 227 W 42nd St , New York, NY 10036. The meeting will begin promptly at 3:00 PM ET. Don’t miss this opportunity to see how your Guild operates. To RSVP contact Manager of Business Affairs Amy VonMacek at either (212) 398-9366 or

All Members are entitled to attend, and we hope you will be able to do so. Please contact the Guild office if you have any questions about the enclosed materials or about the meeting. And if you can, please contact our offices to let us know if you’ll be with us on February 21.


Rebecca Gilman (Incumbent) It has been one of the greatest honors of my career to serve on the Council of the Dramatists Guild. I remain committed to doing all that I can to represent the needs and concerns of our members and to fight for the rights of playwrights, composers, and librettists…READ MORE

Michael R. Jackson (Nominee) As a musical theatre writer who has managed to (barely) support himself through a series of grants, commissions, and awards for the last two years, I have faced nearly every challenge one can run into as a freelancer (rent instability, tax trouble, health insurance…READ MORE

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Incumbent) Serving on the Dramatists Guild Council has been an honor and a highlight of my professional life. I remain committed to uprooting all forms of a playwright’s exploitation in (and beyond) the field and advocating for the fullest educating possible of…READ MORE 

Christine Toy Johnson (Incumbent) It has been an incredible honor and privilege to serve on the Council and I’m very proud of the work I’ve been able to help get done so far including initiating and chairing the Guild’s first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee. In this committee…READ MORE

Lisa Kron (Incumbent) For over three decades I’ve worked across the broad spectrum of American theatre from tiny downtown performance spaces to Broadway to the Off-Broadway non-profits to educational theatre to dance-performance venues to the regionals, as a…READ MORE

Deborah Zoe Laufer (Incumbent) The work I do for The Guild is one of the great joys of my playwriting life. I’ve been fortunate to serve on the publications committee for the past five years, and written and led panels for The Dramatist. I’ve been on the nominating committee, taught at the…READ MORE

Alan Menken (Incumbent) I have been a strong supporter of The Dramatists Guild for the entirety of my career; going back over 35 years. And, if re-elected to the Dramatists Guild council, I will continue to use my voice and my influence even more actively in that capacity. We, as writers…READ MORE

Lin-Manuel Miranda (Incumbent) Being an ambassador for the work of The Dramatists Guild as a council member, and in the world, is one of the great joys of my life, from talking to young playwrights about the various ways the Guild protects their work and their livelihood to being a loud…READ MORE

Lynn Nottage (Incumbent) It has been a joy and honor to serve on The Dramatists Guild Council. As a writer and long-time educator, I remain deeply invested in nurturing and supporting playwrights at all stages of their careers and ensuring that our organization embraces the rich diversity…READ MORE

Antoinette Nwandu (Nominee) While I was in grad school, my professors talked so much about The Dramatists Guild that sometimes I rolled my eyes. Okay, it’s a great resource for writers. I get it. I was a student member then and also, during the spring of my first year, an intern in the Times…READ MORE

Lloyd Suh (Incumbent) I am eager to continue serving on Council, and to continue lending my perspective to the Guild’s essential work in the field. As both a writer and an arts administrator, I have worked in support of hundreds of writers from across the country and around the world…READ MORE

Shaina Taub (Nominee) I have been the grateful beneficiary of support and encouragement from many Guild artists on my path so far. I’m thrilled to be nominated now and want to do everything in my power to show up for the Guild in the way it’s shown up for me time and again. On this…READ MORE