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DG Co-Signs Letter Asking Congress for Collective Action Rights for Professional Creators

The Dramatists Guild of America has co-signed the following Authors Guild letter to the United States Congress, seeking legislative amendments to labor and antitrust laws that would enable freelance professional creators (including playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists) to negotiate collectively. Dear Majority Leader Schumer, Minority Leader McConnell, Speaker McCarthy, and Minority Leader Jeffries: We, the undersigned, are professional freelance...
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Chicago: Join Us For Advocacy Night on June 18 at the The Understudy

Join us at The Understudy Bookstore in Chicago on Tuesday, June 18, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm CDT, for a special event featuring playwright Samuel D. Hunter and Dramatists Guild Co-Executive Director Emmanuel Wilson. The Dramatists Guild is thrilled to continue our national advocacy tour, bringing empowering Advocacy Nights to theatre writers across the country. After successful events in Detroit, Pittsburgh, New York, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia, we're excited to visit the vibrant...
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Dramatists Legal Defense Fund Offers Emergency Financial Support to the Censored Production

The Dramatists Legal Defense Fund (the “DLDF”) announced emergency support for the upcoming presentation of Danielle Wirsansky’s new musical, The Secrets We Keep. Written by Danielle Wirsansky, a PhD candidate at Florida State University, and Frank Sanchez, The Secrets We Keep had rented space for a four-performance presentation at the American...
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Trans Student Actor Unjustly Barred from School Musical Inspires Nationwide Advocacy

The Dramatists Legal Defense Fund (DLDF) proudly bestowed The 2024 Defender Award upon Philip, Amy, and Max Hightower of Sherman, Texas, at the Dramatists Guild Awards Night held at Sony Hall in New York City. The DLDF is privileged to honor the Hightower Family with this prestigious award. Their unwavering commitment to inclusivity and equality has left an indelible mark on the Sherman School...
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Additional DG Award Recipients for 2024 Announced including Emily Mann, George C. Wolfe, Jocelyn Bioh and Austin Pendleton

The Dramatists Guild of America announced today the recipients of its annual awards, which will be presented at the Guild’s annual Awards Night held on Monday, May 6, 2024, at Sony Hall (235 W. 46th St., New York, NY 10036). The evening will begin with a cocktail hour from 6:30-8pm, with the awards ceremony to follow. Awards Night is presented by Final Draft.  ...
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Dramatists Legal Defense Fund Condemns Montclair High School Play Shutdown, Calls for Accountability

The letter, dated March 28, 2024, addressed to Dr. Jonathan Ponds, Superintendent of Montclair School District, expresses deep concern and disappointment regarding the recent shutdown of a play at Montclair High School in New Jersey. The Dramatists Legal Defense Fund highlights the lack of a proper response from school authorities, particularly Principal Jeffrey Freeman and the Montclair School District, regarding the infringement of First Amendment rights. The shutdown...
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Join the Theatrical Revolution! End of Play.® 30-Day Writing Challenge Begins April 1, 2024

Get ready to embark on a fearless creative journey with End of Play.® starting April 1, 2024! Presented by the Dramatists Guild, this annual event celebrates the art and craft of writing for the theatre. What is End of Play.®? End of Play.® is a month-long initiative designed to ignite the creation and completion of new stage works within just 30 days. It's not a race to the finish; it's a courageous journey undertaken by writers unafraid to immerse themselves fully...
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March 30 in San Francisco: Join Us for an Advocacy Night for Theatre Writers

The Dramatists Guild is excited to announce the continuation of our national advocacy tour, bringing empowering Advocacy Nights to theatre writers across the country. After successful events in Detroit, Pittsburgh, New York, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia, we're heading to the vibrant creative hub of the San Francisco/Bay Area. As a playwright, composer, lyricist, or librettist, it's essential to know your rights and the resources available to you. Join us for an enlightening evening...
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March 20: Crafting Trans and Nonbinary Characters in Theatre with GLAAD

Join GLAAD in this free conversation, and the first of its kind, to discuss transgender and nonbinary representation within theatre writing for playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists, presented with support from The Dramatists Guild of America. Wednesday, March 20 AST: 2:00pm - 4:00pm EST: 1:00pm - 3:00pm CST: 12:00pm - 2:00pm MST: 11:00am - 1:00pm PST: 10:00am -12:00pm AKST: 9:...
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March 25: Entrepreneur Day for Theatre Writers

Join us for Entrepreneur Day for Theatre Writers on March 25, featuring three invaluable sessions tailored to writers at different stages of their careers. In Session One, gain insights into business and career guidance, including exclusive consultations with skilled lawyers in Business Affairs. Session Two offers a Tax Workshop catering to mid-career and established writers, addressing common tax scenarios and deductions. For early career writers, Session Three provides a...
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2024 DG Awards Update: Christopher Durang Will Receive the Lifetime Achievement Award

The Dramatists Guild of America is thrilled to announce that playwright Christopher Durang is the recipient of its 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award will be presented at the Guild’s annual awards ceremony on Monday, May 6, 2024, at Sony Hall (235 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036). The Guild is also proud to welcome Final Draft as a presenting sponsor of the event. Tickets will go on sale in late March. For first access to tickets...
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Feb 26 - Philadelphia BIPOC Theatre Writers Gathering: Liberation Through Advocacy and Community

Calling all BIPOC writers (Black, Indigenous, People of Color)  in Philadelphia who are passionate about storytelling through plays, musicals, songs, or operas! Join us for an in-person event on February 26th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, Room 108, First Floor. This event will provide you with the tools you need to thrive in your creative journey while breaking free from exploitative systems. The...