Music By Kevin MacLeod / Music License Information 

 

October is Political Engagement Month, which aptly comes at a time when many people are asking “how can I get more involved in my community?”

The Dramatists Guild is proud to announce, “Call and Response.” This October, we’re asking writers to contact their representative at the local, state, and federal level to bring attention to issues affecting Dramatists. At the top of our list is: Healthcare, the Copyright Claims Board in The CASE ACT, and the Arts Work Relief Bill, DAWN. Use #DGcallandresponse to send us a picture, or screencap of you reaching out to your representative, and you’ll be entered to win a complimentary copy of Final Draft.

The contest runs from October 1, 2020 to October 31, 2020. The winner of the contest will receive a plaque that states “2020 Political Engagement Activist," and will be presented with said plaque via Zoom on November 3, 2020, which is Election Day in the United States. 

This October, The PEI will also launch a special digital timeline that will create a historic record of PEI’s investment in our community. The timeline will live on the PEI homepage, along with videos from the PEI committee in which committee members discuss the importance of political engagement and share information about the socio-political issues that matter most to them.

Read A Letter from The Political Engagement Initiative: Healthcare for Dramatists

You can reach out to us by sending your comments and questions to Jenna Chrisphonte at jchrisphonte@dramatistsguild.com 

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD

Theatres and #PLAYOURPART

 

As theatre seasons launch around the country, we who work at theatres have an opportunity to play a meaningful part in the democratic process. Many of us already experience high foot-traffic in our lobbies six days a week. We are in a natural position to offer this public service to our audiences. #PlayOurPart represents a nonpartisan effort to increase voter participation in the upcoming election, and in all elections, by offering pre-show voter registration in theatre lobbies.

Creating a voter registration event at your theatre is easier than you might think! Whether you want to organize a one-time event or offer pre-show voter registration on a regular basis, we offer the following as a toolkit for your planning process.

 

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State Health Agency Officials

 

State governments are closing schools, universities, theatres, gyms, restaurants, and other gathering places. Public anxiety and fear are at an all time high.

To make matters worse, many Dramatists Guild members work as independent contractors, freelancers, and license their intellectual property - leaving them without health insurance. Would you consider contacting your state government officials to ask them when COVID-19 tests will be made available to the public, irregardless of insurance status?

Below is a list of state health agency officials. If you feel that your state is not doing enough to allocate resources towards COVID-19 tests and response, please take five minutes to call, write, and email:

ALABAMA
ALASKA
ARIZONA
ARKANSAS
CALIFORNIA
COLORADO
CONNECTICUT
DELAWARE
FLORIDA
GEORGIA
HAWAII
IDAHO
ILLINOIS
INDIANA
IOWA
KANSAS
KENTUCKY
LOUISIANA
MAINE
MARYLAND
MASSACHUSETTS
MICHIGAN
MINNESOTA
MISSISSIPPI
MISSOURI
MONTANA
NEBRASKA
NEVADA
NEW HAMPSHIRE
NEW JERSEY
NEW MEXICO
NEW YORK
NORTH CAROLINA
NORTH DAKOTA
OHIO
OKLAHOMA
OREGON
PENNSYLVANIA
PUERTO RICO
RHODE ISLAND
SOUTH CAROLINA
SOUTH DAKOTA
TENNESSEE
TEXAS
UTAH
VERMONT
VIRGINIA
VIRGIN ISLANDS
WASHINGTON
WASHINGTON DC
WEST VIRGINIA
WISCONSIN
WYOMING

For more information, please contact Jenna Chrisphonte, Director of Community Engagement, at jchrisphonte@dramatistsguild.com.

 

Regional Voter Registration

 

In fulfilling its mission, the Dramatists Guild recognizes that much of the creative work of authorship is undertaken in isolation, so the Guild fosters a sense of union and community among its members in order to enrich, inspire, and empower them to advocate for themselves, for their work, and for each other. In this way, Guild members come to realize that if they do not advance together, they do not advance at all.

The Dramatists Guild seeks members to volunteer to organize voter registration drives in their local theatres and communities. The only requirement is a love for theatre and a commitment to bringing people together.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Run voter registration tables in partnership with local theatres and other community-based organizations
  • Use social media creatively to encourage contacts to register to vote
  • Attend and promote community forums, social events, town hall, and other local activities

If you would like to volunteer or nominate someone to participate, please contact Jenna Chrisphonte, Director of Community Engagement, at jchrisphonte@dramatistsguild.com 

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