Cover artwork of the Season in review 2020/21: A group of friends open a time capsule labelled 2020.
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Editor's Notes on the Season In Review 2020-2021 Issue
3 of the same paintings side-by-side detailing a group of friends opening a time capsule labelled 2020
Artwork by Ian Sklarsky

Hi! You might know me, but you probably don’t. My time at the Guild began back in 2015, during my sophomore year at NYU. I had just decided to focus on playwriting at Tisch’s Department of Dramatic Writing, and the Guild’s Publications Internship seemed like a pretty good fit for me. Turns out, it was. After my internship ended, the Guild hired me as Publications Assistant, and after a year-long hiatus during which I got my master’s at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, I returned to work—remotely, this time—as Assistant Editor of The Dramatist.

I’ve encountered incredible opportunities while working here, from co-creating the Digital Media Lab at the 2018 National Conference to hosting roundtables and writing articles in the Albee and Environmental issues. I wasn’t expecting the opportunity to serve as Editor of The Dramatist while Joey went on sabbatical, but I didn’t hesitate to accept the position when it was offered. It’s been a lot of work (and a lot of emails), but Joey couldn’t have done a better job preparing me for the role. 

In the face of unforeseen budget cuts, the July/August and September/October issues of The Dramatist will appear online-only. What at first seemed like a shortcoming has been reexamined as a new opportunity to create something cost-effective, eco-friendly, and everlasting. The entire Guild staff has handled over a year’s worth of complex obstacles with grace and resilience, and I’m very proud of how these two issues—as well as a complete makeover of The Dramatist Online—turned out. We are so lucky to have a group of dedicated regional representatives and ambassadors, from Tammy Haili‘ōpua Baker in Hawaii to Andrea Lepcio in Downeast Maine, who continually contribute unique and thoughtful work reflective of the equally unique and thoughtful theatre created in their regions.

The lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic (which is still happening!) and the 2019/20 Season That Was Not/Was are certainly present in this year’s Season in Review issue, but we’ve switched perspectives, focusing instead on commemorating the 2020/21 season with an online time capsule of sorts. Despite countless obstacles, our members have achieved the impossible, creating meaningful and innovative theatrical experiences. The National Reports in this issue encapsulate the hard work and talent shown by our members over the past year. In this year’s Season in Review, we celebrate the light at the end of the tunnel while also reflecting on the collective struggle of artistic survival during a global pandemic.

As you read this issue, I encourage you to reflect on the past year, both the good and bad. There is surely so much we want to put behind us, but, speaking from personal experience, there are also moments of growth, exploration, and excitement that I'll hold with me forever. I hope you feel the same. 

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AMELIA FRENCH

is a playwright and librettist from Maine and Assistant Editor of The Dramatist. They received their BFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and their MLitt in Women, Writing, and Gender from the University of St Andrews. Their plays and musicals have been shown and workshopped at Dixon Place, Jermyn Street Theatre, Portland Stage, and Egg & Spoon Theatre Collective.