Aug 21, 2020
8-21-20 Newsletter: Member Dues Survey, Protect Your Post Office, DGI Fall

As a member of the Dramatists Guild you receive a rundown of the latest industry news, DG events, member shout-outs, and so much more. From submission deadlines to community engagement opportunities, we’ll keep you in the loop.  Not a part of the Guild yet, but still want access? Join today.

Member Dues Survey

We're writing to you amid the most uncertain time you may have ever experienced as a dramatist. A global pandemic has shut down stages around the world, plunging theaters and playwrights alike into crisis. At the same time, many of us in the field have been challenged to take real responsibility for the racial and economic inequities we knowingly and unknowingly perpetuate in the American theater. Meanwhile, streaming has become an exciting new outlet for writers, even as it destabilizes theatrical norms. While much of our field is in flux, we are happy to say the Dramatists Guild is hard at work, fully staffed, busy protecting the rights we've been defending for over a century.

Here at the DG, we have worked to make sure membership has value, above and beyond the moral and ethical imperative of standing together with your colleagues for your collective survival.

In an effort to help you, we will be reaching out to all members, by mail and email, to assess how to help those who are unable to pay dues at this time. Paying your member dues is important, but it is also important to serve our members during this shift within our industry and in a time of need.

If you are in financial need, please apply for an Emergency Grant with the Dramatists Guild Foundation. Please note DGF funds cannot be used to pay Guild dues.

More information to come...

ACTION ALERT: Protect Your Post Office & Right to Vote

The Dramatists Guild of America is a national organization that relies on the U.S. Post Office to deliver our magazine - The Dramatist, notices, member cards, invoices, dues payments, regional event promotions and much much more to our over 8,900 members across the United States and abroad. As you may have heard, the US Post Office, under the current Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, recently made a series of substantial cuts which removed mail sorting machines, postal boxes, employee hours and more.

Many are concerned that these far-reaching cuts will amount to voter suppression for the millions of Americans who rely on mail ballots as their sole method of voter participation.

Take Action

DGI Fall 2020 Registration is Open!

Registration is currently open for DGI Fall 2020! This semester, which begins on Monday, September 14, offers new online courses for both playwrights and musical theatre writers.

The DGI is offering 12 ONLINE courses, including 6 NEW writing workshops and 2 NEW "Architecture Of..." foundation courses.


Resource Calendar: Events

We are rebuilding this newsletter feature. To view a list of upcoming events, please use the button below. We are still taking every precaution to provide our membership with access to meaningful programming across the country. The following events are being held online, using our video conferencing software Zoom.

August 21
NYC Friday Night Footlights® feat. Jung's Chair by Tom Block

August 24
New England West Virtual Writing Group

August 26
Hudson Valley DG Footlights™
NYC Write Now!

August 28
NYC Write Now!
NYC Friday Night Footlights® feat. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, adapted by Caroline Hewitt

View All Resource Calendar Events

Live Stream Productions & Ticket Offers

We are rebuilding this newsletter feature to better promote member productions. To view a list of upcoming live streams, please use button below.
Members are now able to submit their live stream readings and productions to our new Productions webpage.

View Productions and Ticket Offers

Resource Directory: Submission Deadlines

We are rebuilding this newsletter feature. To view a list of upcoming submission deadlines, please use the button below.

Highlights in August
The Courier Fresh Fund
Players Workshop 10 Minute Play Festival
Write It Out!
EMOS Playwrights Festival 2021
Blue Ink Playwriting Award & Festival
Montana Repertory Theatre

Highlights in September
Ohio Arts Council
ASF Translation Awards
Hodder Fellowship
Nancy Dean Lesbian Playwright Award
National One-Act Playwriting Competition
Princeton Arts Fellowship 
City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting Contest

View Upcoming Submission Deadlines



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