Florida: Bringing Florida Playwrights Together
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It has been fun and a challenge to meet other Florida members at virtual events and gatherings during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. As your new Florida Regional Rep, I have, along with Ambassadors ARIANNA ROSE, DJ SALISBURY and PAUL DONNELLY, created a myriad of informational meetings and social gatherings.

Florida members meet once a month for our virtual cocktail parties. Often it is to chat and inform everyone of the work that each member is doing. We have also held classes on writing an artistic statement with DJ Salisbury, Arianna Rose presented a session on creating playwriting resumes, and MICHAEL YAWNEY presented his paper Directors Are Always Other.

Our Inaugural Virtual DG Footlights reading series in Florida, celebrated new dramatic works in progress by Florida-based dramatists. The first reading was by DANIELLE WIRSANSKY, of her full-length play Sitting Still.

Several members suggested a Meet Up and Write Program, and members now meet every Tuesday morning to write from 10 am – 12 pm in the virtual company of other playwrights.

Instructional sessions have included: 

Crafting and Marketing the Short-Form Play with guests MARK HARVEY LEVINE, CONNIE SCHINDEWOLF, and myself.

Dramaturgy: What a Dramaturg Does and Can Do For You. Led by Nan Barnett of NNPN, with Cynthia White, Catherine Randazzo, Lynde Rossario and Meredith Bartmon.

Michael McClain presented his workshop, the Designer-Playwright Connection. He gave an insightful look at how designers work and bring your plays to life with design.

Finding an Agent: with Morgan Jenness, a frank talk about agents and what they do or don’t do for playwrights.

Synopsis clinic with ROLAND TEC: Writing a Synopsis; Making It Appealing and Informative. 

Wordcraft: The Art of Lyric Writing with award-winning musical theatre writer Arianna Rose.

How to write a blurb to promote your playwriting with PATRICIA MILTON and Arianna Rose.

A Hit: What Artistic Directors look for in submitted work, what makes them like or consider a play, and what to avoid as a playwright. Matt Stabile from Theatre Lab in Boca Raton, FL; JEFFREY SANZEL from Theatre Three in Port Jefferson, NY; and DR. PATRICE AMON from the San Diego Rep Latinx New Play Festival in San Diego, CA led an enlightening discussion.

We’ve been busy in Florida!