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Dallas Theater Center Announces New Playwrights' Workshop with Will Power

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Dallas Theater Center Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty and Playwright-in-Residence Will Power announced today a new initiative to support and nurture local playwrights. The Dallas Playwrights' Workshop will provide 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.

"The Dallas Playwrights' Workshop is DTC's inaugural effort to support local playwrights, which we hope will inspire the participating playwrights to explore their voices as writers, as well as benefiting our local theatrical community of artists and increasing awareness of the exciting new work being created by writers at theaters throughout North Texas," said Moriarty. "Will Power is a remarkable teacher and artist. This initiative will allow him to provide mentorship to the workshop participants and inspire them to further develop as professional writers."

This fall, 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. This will be followed by a spring semester in 2014 that will allow the playwrights to continue working on their project from the first semester or to bring in an existing piece for further development. This session will end with an informal reading of the plays by members of DTC's Brierley Resident Acting Company for a small, invited audience.

"I am thrilled beyond description to offer a space at Dallas Theater Center for DFW playwrights to develop their craft, connect with peers, and elevate their artistry," said Power. "I have been so inspired by the level of talent and diversity that exists among dramatists in Dallas, and am excited at the thought of supporting these dramatists as they deepen the work."

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. Interested writers should apply by submitting a completed application, a full length play (one or two acts), a 10-page writing sample 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 to Lee Trull, Director of New Play Development, via email at Lee.Trull@DallasTheaterCenter.org.

"The Dallas Playwrights' Workshop will give DTC the opportunity to connect more fully with North Texas writers, provide them a playground for growth and innovation, and be challenged and inspired by their creative contributions," said Trull.

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


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