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A Time of Indecency: The Dramatists Guild Speaks Out Against Recent School Cancellations of "Indecent" and "Spelling Bee"

The Dramatists Guild of America vehemently objects to and is appalled by the recent cancellations of the play Indecent, originally scheduled for production at Douglas Anderson School of Performing Arts in Jacksonville, Florida, and the musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which was just cancelled by Cardinal High School administrators in Middlefield, Ohio. The Dramatists Legal...
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What should I ask for regarding compensation?

How much compensation should you expect to receive from a commission or a production? How much money should you ask for when negotiating a contract, and how long should you have to wait before you get paid for your work? As theatre writers, without the ability to collectively bargain, we are forced to negotiate for our compensation on an individual basis... which has led to confusion, inconsistencies, and a lot of questions.   But now, it’s time to get some answers. ...
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Vote in the 2023 DG Council Election by February 27!

Voting is now open for the 2023 DG Council Elections! All eligible Guild Members can help to elect the Council Members who will make decisions about how your Guild operates. Each candidate has crafted a biography and a personal statement for your review and selection. Please read their entries, and vote for the Council Members you want to see representing your Guild.  Take a moment to use the link below to vote in this year's Council Election. ...
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DG Presents The Money Issue of The Dramatist Magazine

Discover strategies for how to successfully navigate the financial challenges of being a theatre writer!  The Money issue of The Dramatist magazine is available to read online for free now through Tax Day (April 18, 2023).  Read the money issue...
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January 2023 DG Career Training Events: Contests and Festivals, Email Marketing and Site Specific Productions

Join us for three exciting career training events this month! Learn to create opportunities for your work at site-specific venues, find out what to expect when submitting your work to writing contests or festivals, and discover how email marketing campaigns can help you promote your show. These free events will all take place online; no matter where you are, you'll be able to participate in the webinars. Discover more upcoming events for writers via our ...
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December 2022: DG Holiday News and Resources

We wish you and yours a joyful, healthy season, no matter what you celebrate at this time of the year. Here's hoping that 2023 will be a year of creativity and fulfillment! Please be advised that the Guild Offices will be closed from December 24, 2022 - January 3, 2023. We look forward to continuing to support and serve our members in the new year. If you need to speak to someone in Business Affairs, or have an unsigned contract that you...
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What are the Basic Terms of a Production Agreement?

You get the call that you have been waiting for; someone is interested in producing your script! Before you know it, you are looking at a multi-page production agreement, and being asked to sign on the dotted line. Even if you are lucky enough to have an agent or an attorney on your team, it is critical that you read the agreement and understand its terms.  This article will review the six most basic terms in a production agreement. Having a working knowledge of these terms...
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DG Affiliates Briefing, November 2022: Engaging Locally, Best Practices, and How Writers Get Paid

Dear DG Affiliates, With autumn underway and the changing of the seasons, we turn toward a time of warmth, connection, and new possibility.  With that, we thank you for your continued dedication and support for those who are out creating and innovating dynamic work that will surely shape the fabric of our shared theatrical ecosystem in the coming years. The uplifting of voices and new stories is perhaps more important now than ever – and you are the connective tissue bringing it...
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2023 Authors Coalition Survey: Your Response Translates into Money the Guild Receives on Behalf of All Dramatists.

Guild Members! Please help us help YOU. We are calling on all Guild members to complete this year's Authors Coalition Survey, so that we can receive the funds necessary to continue our advocacy work on behalf of all dramatists. This means more resources for us to educate and advocate for the rights and opportunities that are available to all theatrical writers in the United States, including Guild members.  We have continued ...