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.
Jun 17, 2020
A couple of years ago, I asked a friend what a Black man should do when he is stopped by a policeman. My friend, a highly ranked police officer, said you should do whatever the officer tells you to do.
Jun 19, 2020
In August of 2019, I was invited to attend a meeting of women playwrights on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in the home of Susan Miller. The purpose of the gathering was to begin to organize as a body to address the ongoing lack of parity for female (and ultimately, female identifying) playwrights over forty years of age in the American theatre.
The executive committee of Honor Roll! L to R: Cheryl Davis, Yvette Heyliger, Sarah Tuft, Lucy Wang, Jacquelyn Reingold, Olga Humphrey, and Cynthia Cooper.
Jun 15, 2020
What is setting? It’s defined as; “the space or type of surroundings where something is positioned or where an event takes place” or “the time and place a play, novel or film is represented as happening.” OK, but there is something starchy, hard, and fast about the definition that I don’t like.
Playwright Charles Fuller. Illustration by Allen Todd Yeager for The Dramatist.
Jun 05, 2020
What is provocation? What does it mean to create work that isn’t so easy to receive? And is there value to that?
Illustration by A.E. Kieren
Jun 04, 2020
The Dramatist LIVE co-host Christine Toy Johnson opened the May 28 installment with the acknowledgment “it’s been a rough week for a lot of people; there’s so much pain and rage.”
Jun 10, 2020
Towards the beginning of the May 14 edition of The Dramatist LIVE, co-host Christine Toy Johnson announced, “I’m excited to see all the people [on the show] today because they are some of the smartest people I know.”
May 26, 2020
I’ve known Beth Blatt for years, first as a DGF Fellow, then as a friend and colleague. Throughout the years, Beth has always been the first person to say ‘how can I help’ whenever a friend is in need. During this time of fear and uncertainty, she has again stepped up by creating a platform for people to assist the Dramatists Guild Foundation.
May 22, 2020
Imagine for a moment that you’re finally ready to present your death-defying dance/theatre/puppet show/vaudeville/musical hybrid and you’re wondering what entity would house your genre-bending opus
May 22, 2020
Theater Breaking Through Barriers (TBTB) presents their first Virtual Playmakers’ Intensive, May 25 through May 31. This workshop will be streamed on Facebook and YouTube Live with all performances beginning at 7:30 PM (EDT).
May 20, 2020