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Join a 2024 Virtual Regional Community Conversation!

In February, We're Bringing Theatre Writers Together! In February, DG will host five online community gatherings across the country engaging in conversations on the theme of "Advocacy and Career," specifically for theatre writers like you. Share your insights and let us know how the Guild can continue to support and advocate on behalf of your region's theatre writing community!    ...
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Know Your Rights: Join Us at a Local Advocacy Night for Theatre Writers in Your Region

The Dramatists Guild is thrilled to announce the launch of a new series of Advocacy Nights around the United States. Beginning January 15, these free events will help theatre writers build community while learning about available resources and their rights in process and production. Do you know your rights and what resources are available to you as a playwright, composer, lyricist, or librettist? Join us and be inspired! This in-person event will be your chance to come...
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New Works Enter The Public Domain in 2024 by Bertolt Brecht, Disney, W.E.B. Du Bois, Dorothy Fields, Cole Porter and More!

January 1, 2024, is Public Domain Day, the day each year when copyrights expire and new works enter the public domain in the United States. This milestone means these works are now free for all to copy, share, and build upon, offering a treasure trove of cultural and artistic riches.  The "Progress Clause" of the U.S. Constitution established the legal basis for federal copyright law, and it did so to encourage the progress of our society, incentivizing the creation of new works that...
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The Dramatists Guild is Named a Finalist for the Third Annual Anthem Awards

The Dramatists Guild of America has been named a finalist for the Third Annual Anthem Awards in two categories for publications promoting rights and equity for theatre writers in the entertainment industry. The Anthem Awards is the largest and most comprehensive social impact award, with a mission to amplify the voices that spark global change. “Theatre is by its nature a place of cultural and societal exchange. Theatre writers spend their lives dedicated to shaping our...
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Banned Theatre: The Dramatists Guild Joins With Other Groups in Condemning Cancellation of Play at Santa Monica College

Below is a joint letter sent to the president of Santa Monica College regarding the school’s cancellation of the play By the River Rivanna by G. Bruce Smith. While the letter recounts the facts and addresses the issue of academic freedom implicated by the school’s actions, at the heart of this matter is a violation of the rights of the playwright, G. Bruce Smith, whose work was judged before a finished version of it had been read or seen.  In writing the play, Mr. Smith (a...
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Nov 30 and Dec 1 - Advocacy Nights for Theatre Writers in New York City

Discover the rights and resources that are available to you at every level of your career. Join your fellow theatre writers at the Mary Rodgers Room for one of upcoming Advocacy Nights! Let us help you advocate for yourself at our Advocacy Nights and beyond. Learn more and register via the link in bio.    DG Advocacy Night: Musical Theatre Writers Thursday, November 30 at 7:30pm EST...
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Banned Theatre Week: Listen to Banned Together: An Anti-Censorship Theatre Podcast

Dramatists Legal Defense Fund (DLDF) and The Dramatists Guild announces the second edition of Banned Together: An Anti-Censorship Theatre Podcast. This year’s edition will feature two episodes, are available to stream on the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund's website. To raise awareness regarding the societal dangers of censorship in the theatre industry and at large, the Dramatists Guild will...