Dramatists Guild National Conference

Your Pen. Our Sword.

The Dramatists Guild National Conference gathered 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 and will strive to do so for the next 100 years.


ASCAP is a membership association of more than 670,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. We uphold the value of our members’ music, and help them thrive alongside the businesses that use their music every day.


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 14 million musical works. Both relationships save each time and money.


Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF) is a national charity that fuels the future of American theater by supporting the writers who create it. DGF fosters playwrights, composers, lyricists, and bookwriters at all stages of their careers. We sponsor educational programs; provides awards, grants, and stipends; offers free space to create new works; and gives emergency aid to writers in need. By supporting and nurturing the creators of today, we protect the stories of tomorrow. We depend heavily on contributions from individuals in order to carry out our mission. Your support helps to ensure that writers across the country can continue their vital work.


Dramatists Play Service, Inc. works with thousands of theatres to ensure the future vitality of the theatre. We are committed to providing a home for established writers and to nurturing new playwrights of exceptional promise.


Final Draft has published Final Draft software – the number-one selling screenwriting application in the world – for 27 years. Final Draft automatically paginates and formats your script to industry standards, allowing writers to focus on what they do best – writing scripts. Used by such industry giants as J.J. Abrams, James Cameron, and Aaron Sorkin, Final Draft software is the professional’s choice and the entertainment industry standard. In addition to its flagship software product, Final Draft offers the annual Big Break® Contest – a screenwriting competition that launches careers, and awards over $80,000 in cash and prizes. Final Draft also offers the Final Draft Mobile app for iPhone and iPad, making creativity truly portable. For its incomparable contributions to the industry, Final Draft was awarded the prestigious Primetime Emmy® Engineering Award in 2013. CONTINUE READING

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Goddard College’s nationally recognized low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Program offers dramatic writing, including TV writing, libretto writing, playwriting, and screenwriting. Led by an award-winning faculty who are active in the professional TV, film, theatre, and opera fields, the MFA is a rigorous program, ideal for people with commitments to family or work who choose to hone their skills at the same time. The low-residency format requires students to be on campus in Plainfield, Vermont for eight days each semester, returning home for 16 weeks of independent work in close collaboration with faculty advisors. For more information, please visit: goddard.edu/creative-writing or email admissions@goddard.edu.


NNPN is an alliance of professional theaters that collaborate in innovative ways to develop, produce, and extend the life of new plays. Founded in 1998, nnpn continues to revolutionize the new play landscape through the strength of its member theaters, collaborative efforts, and its nationally recognized programs and services for artists and organizations.


Samuel French is committed to not only respecting the history of the theatre, as well as its own place in that history, but also leading the industry with new technological advancements and cutting edge literature. Our mission at Samuel French is to provide security for our authors, introduce theatre to new audiences and communities, help theatres create more standing ovations, support our customers, clients, and each other, continuously redefine the standard and push beyond it, and maintain the legacy of Samuel French.


WC Handy Foundation aims to preserve the legacy of William Christopher “WC” Handy and support musical education of disadvantaged or disabled children. We support historical sites and the promotion of memorabilia, commemorative artifacts, musical events (highlighting his compositions including many of his spirituals), historical documents and stories with which to support the stated objectives of the Foundation. These activities also include the use of music in the therapeutic healing of disabled children.