DTC Accepting Applications for Second Year of the Dallas Playwrights' Workshop

DTC Accepting Applications for Second Year of the Dallas Playwrights' Workshop

Dallas Theater Center Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty and Playwright-in-Residence Will Power announced today details for the second year of the Dallas Playwrights' Workshop. In addition to a new class of playwrights entering into the program, participants from last year will display their work at two public readings. DTC is currently accepting applications for the 2014-15 Dallas Playwrights' Workshop. The application deadline is Monday, July 14.

The Dallas Playwrights' Workshop will provides participants with the opportunity to work directly with Will Power, the award-winning dramatist and Mellon Foundation Fellow at DTC to hone their craft, develop professional relationships and learn from their peers in a rigorous and supportive creative environment.

"It has been truly inspirational to watch the growth of the playwrights during DPW's inaugural year," said Lee Trull, Director of New Play Development. "It is a rare thing for an artist to be given the time and space to engage with their peers in focused, meaningful dialogue about their work. Will Power provides the kind of protected environment and determined guidance that makes creative expansion possible."

Program participants will join Power at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre for 10 weekly sessions that will focus on developing dramatic works from the initial concept to the stage. Playwrights will work on a three-scene project throughout the fall semester that will culminate in a closed reading for workshop participants. Playwrights invited to continue the program will reconvene for a 10-week spring semester in 2015 to continue work on their project from the first semester, or to bring in an existing piece for further development.

"Receiving feedback and guidance from a mentor like Will Power while collaborating with fellow Dallas playwrights on a weekly basis has made all the difference in my writing this year," said 2013-14 participant Janielle Kastner. "There are not many spaces entirely dedicated to honing the craft of playwriting, let alone committed to developing local playwrights. Having a safe yet challenging environment like Dallas Playwrights' Workshop has led to my growth as a writer and fostered compelling new work from each member of the group."

The inaugural class of the Dallas Playwrights' Workshop - Blake Hackler, Janielle Kastner, Jenny Ledel, and Jonathan Norton will have their work featured in two public readings in fall 2014 and spring 2015. Details about these readings will be available later this summer.

The Dallas Playwrights' Workshop is intended for emerging and mid-career professional playwrights who live in Dallas-Fort Worth, have previously written at least one play, and are able to demonstrate a unique and compelling voice. Participants must be available on Monday evenings from August 4 through October 13. Interested writers should apply by submitting a completed application, a full length play (one or two acts), a 10-page excerpt from the same play, and a one-page summary explaining why they would like to participate in the program, their writing goals and areas in which they'd like to develop. Applications are due via email at literary@DallasTheaterCenter.org.

Complete details about the Dallas Playwrights' Workshop are available online at www.DallasTheaterCenter.org.

Applications are available online at http://www.dallastheatercenter.org/subpage.php?sid=146&parent_id=6.


One of the leading regional theaters in the country, Dallas Theater Center (DTC) performs to an audience of more than 120,000 North Texas residents annually. Founded in 1959, DTC is now a resident company of the AT&T Performing Arts Center and presents its Mainstage season at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, designed by REX/OMA, Joshua Prince-Ramus and Rem Koolhaas and at its original home, the Kalita Humphreys Theater, the only freestanding theater designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty and Managing Director Heather M. Kitchen, DTC produces a seven-play subscription series of classics, musicals and new plays and an annual production of A Christmas Carol; extensive education programs, including the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award-winning Project Discovery, SummerStage and partnerships with Southern Methodist University's Meadows School of the Arts and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts; and community outreach efforts including leading the DFW Foote Festival and recent collaborations with the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Public Library, Dallas Holocaust Museum, North Texas Food Bank, Dallas Opera, and Dallas Black Dance Theater. Throughout its history, DTC has produced many new works, including The Texas Trilogy by Preston Jones in 1978, Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men, adapted by Adrian Hall, in 1986, and recent premieres of FLY by Rajiv Joseph, Bill Sherman and Kirstin Childs; Fly by Night by Kim Rosenstock, Michael Mitnick and Will Connolly; Giant by Michael John LaChiusa and Sybille Pearson; The Trinity River Plays by Regina Taylor; the revised It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Charles Strouse and Lee Adams; Give It Up! (now titled Lysistrata Jones and recently on Broadway) by Douglas Carter Beane and Lewis Flinn; Sarah, Plain and Tall by Julia Jordan, Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin; and The Good Negro by Tracey Scott Wilson.

Dallas Theater Center gratefully acknowledges the support of our season sponsors: American Airlines; Chase; Lexus; Texas Instruments and WFAA.

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