Dramatists Guild National Conference: Your Pen. Our Sword.

JULY 26-29, 2018

Ready to be inspired?

The Dramatists Guild National Conference gathers together playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists for a four-day summit to share ideas, build new relationships and, in the words of Guild member Taylor Mac, “dream the culture forward.” For 99 years, the members of the Dramatists Guild have been carving out rights for authors while establishing new opportunities, ethics, and standards for the American theatre. Come celebrate those accomplishments — and have your say in shaping our work for the next 100 years.

In 2018, artists are facing some of the most serious challenges in a generation. Threats to free speech and copyright protections are ever-present, and basic needs often feel out of reach. At the same time, new technologies help writers find new collaborators, share their work, and see it produced around the world. In July, we will explore these possibilities together, arming our members with the tools they need to master the latest paradigm. Hence our motto, Your Pen. Our Sword.

After successful conferences in Virginia, Illinois and California, we are bringing this year’s program to New York. Here we can share some of our most exciting events with members from around the world. For the first time, conference attendees will get access to The Dramatist LIVE, The Monologue Project, and the DG’s Awards Night, with the presentation of the Hull-Warriner, Frederick Loewe, and Flora Roberts awards. It’s the best party of the year, and we’re saving it for the conference so you can be there.

Scheduled sessions include:

Stay tuned for future updates in the DG Newsletter, and read our FAQ below. 

Register Here

Who can attend the Conference?

Just about everyone. More specifically, Guild Members; Associate Members; Estate Members and Trustees and Staff of DG Affiliate Theatres are all welcome to attend at the Member rate. Non-Member Individual Artists are all welcome to attend at the Non-Member rate. Students may attend through a reduced Student rate.

How can I make hotel arrangements?

The registration page includes all the necessary information for our hotel partner this year. The Hilton Midtown is offering an exclusive conference rate of $229/night (plus tax). DG’s room block will be available until July 1, 2018 (or until sold out).

Are meals included?

Breakfast on Friday and Saturday is included in your registration. In an effort to make the Conference experience more flexible for different budgets, our registration process will offer you the opportunity to opt into Sunday breakfast, additional ticket opportunities (Hamilton!), and hotel discounts. Bag or box lunches will be available for purchase each day.

What evening events are included?

There’s lots to explore in New York, but we are making sure you don’t have to leave the hotel to get your entertainment. These events are FREE for conference attendees. Separate tickets are also available if you would like to invite friends:

Does DG offer financial aid to attend the Conference?

Scholarships are not available at this time, but we are seeking individual donors to subsidize the cost of conference registration for members with demonstrated financial need. If you wish to attend the conference and are unable to pay your registration fee, please contact Tina Fallon at tfallon@dramatistsguild.com to be placed on a waitlist for complimentary registration. No assistance is available for travel expenses.

I’d like to attend the Conference, but it’s not in my budget. Can I volunteer?

Please contact info@dramatistsguild.com and write Volunteer for Conference in the subject line.

I’d like to attend the Conference, but I have a kid at home. Can I bring them?

The Dramatists Guild is committed to a family-friendly Conference. Kids 11 and under are welcome to attend plenary sessions with an accompanying registered adult. Unfortunately, DG does not yet provide child care for attendees, but will offer family resources on our website in the coming months, including resources on child care while you’re in town. You’re welcome to bring infants into all Conference sessions, taking reasonable care not to disturb the session.

What is the cost to attend the Conference?

The cost of registration for the 2018 National Conference for DG Members is $295 at the Early Bird rate (available through April 15, 2018 or until sold out) and $420 at the Regular rate. For non-members, the rate is $495. Late registration begins after June 15th, when rates jump to $475/members, $495/non-members.

How can I pay for my Conference registration?

We accept Discover, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and payments online, or by check.

Do I have to pay by credit card if I register online?

If you would like to register online, but would prefer not to pay by credit card, please contact info@dramatistsguild.com.

Do I have to attend the Conference all four days?

While we recommend that participants attend the entire Conference for the sake of continuity, we understand that this is not always possible. Unfortunately, however, we do not currently offer a one-day registration rate.

I can no longer attend the Conference. Can I get a refund?

Registration fees may be refunded for any registration canceled prior to July 1, 2018, but they will incur a $100 cancellation fee. Registration fees will not be refunded after July 1, 2018.

Where do I find the Conference Schedule and learn more about programming?

A basic Conference schedule will be posted soon. Specific sessions and speakers will be announced as they are finalized.

For travel planning purposes, note that the opening plenary session – The Dramatist LIVE, with Amanda Green, Joey Stocks and more –  will happen on Thursday July 26th at 4:30pm, but programming starts that Thursday noon, and we recommend arriving by Wednesday evening, or early Thursday morning, for a complete Conference experience. Conference sessions will continue through 1pm on Sunday, with an additional four hours of programming for people attending the Devised Theater Conference.

What is the dress code for the Conference?

Think professional casual, but wear what makes you feel comfortable. For the Dramatists Guild Awards Night on Saturday, July 28th, feel free to dress more festively!

What accommodations does the conference have for people with disabilities? Who can I contact to discuss these accommodations?

When filling out your registration form, please indicate any access needs you may have. We will follow up with you about this information, and work to support you as best as possible.

Can I submit a conference proposal?

Proposals are closed. If you have not been informed of the status of your proposal, please contact our Writing Workshop Coordinator, Penny Pun, at ppun@dramatistsguild.com.