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Dramatists Guild of America To Host 2nd Annual Chicago Intensive, 9/12-15


The Dramatists Guild of America will host their second annual Dramatists Guild Chicago Intensive Four-Day Fellowship Program. The event will take place from September 12-15 at Northwestern University.

The Dramatists Guild of America is the professional association of playwrights, composers, lyricists and librettists. Now in its eleventh year, the Dramatists Guild Fellowship Program augments the training of emerging American dramatists and enhances the sense of community among them. The program is unique, not only in the kinds of opportunities it offers, but also because it brings together both playwrights and musical theater writers to discuss their work and common interests. This year, after much success in New York, the Guild is pleased to extend this program to Chicago for the second time.

The selected participants are: Nambi E. Kelley, Chelsea Marcantel, Lily Mooney, Bruce Murphy, Gwendolyn Rice, Gloria Bond Clunie, Steve and Karen Multer and Ethan Deppe.

The Intensive will take place September 12 through September 15, 2011 and will be led by the Tony Award-winning team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, creators of Once On This Island, Seussical, and the recent Broadway revival of Ragtime. Participants will each contribute to planning and goal-setting sessions, master classes and discussions led by Ahrens, Flaherty and additional guests.

On Tuesday evening, September 13, Andrea Lepcio will moderate a panel entitled "Living and Working in Today's Theater: A Conversation with Eight Award-Winning Dramatists". During this public event, the Intensive's master teachers and guests including Ahrens, Flaherty, Rebecca Gilman (author of Magnolia, Spinning into Butter, and Blue Surge), Laura Schellhardt (The K of D), Douglas Post (Earth and Sky, Murder in Green Meadows, The Wind in the Willows), Zayd Dohrn (Want, Outside People), and Thomas Bradshaw (Burning, The Bereaved) will engage in a roundtable discussion about living and working in the theater today. These composers, lyricists and playwrights will share how they got their starts, developed their careers, and how they face the many challenges of writing for the contemporary American theater.

Founded in 1851, Northwestern University is one of the country's leading private research and teaching universities. At Northwestern, the Dramatists Guild Chicago Intensive will be hosted by the Department of Theatre; the Department of Radio, Television and Film's MFA in Writing for the Stage and Screen; and the American Music Theatre Project.

The Dramatists Guild of America was established over 80 years ago and is the only professional association that advances the interests of playwrights, composers, lyricists and librettists writing for the living stage. The Guild has over 6,000 members nationwide, from beginning writers to the most prominent authors represented on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in regional theatres.

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