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Joyce Carol Oates's WILD NIGHTS Announced at The National Arts Club Photo Joyce Carol Oates's WILD NIGHTS Announced at The National Arts Club
by Alexa Criscitiello - Apr 12, 2021

Join The National Arts Club for an online performance of Joyce Carol Oates's one-act play Wild Nights!, directed by Michael Parva.

Next Wave Initiative's Inaugural Winners Announced Photo Next Wave Initiative's Inaugural Winners Announced
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 22, 2021

The Next Wave Initiative, a scholarship and development branch of The Directors Company dedicated to future Black Theatre makers, has announced the winners of it's inaugural cycle. All 5 winners will receive financial scholarships ranging from $500- $1,959 towards their undergraduate or MFA education. 

40th Annual Kesselring Prize for Playwriting to be Presented to Mona Mansour by The N Photo 40th Annual Kesselring Prize for Playwriting to be Presented to Mona Mansour by The National Arts Club
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 17, 2021

The 2020 Kesselring Prize for playwriting‚ÄĒa $25,000 award given annually to an outstanding playwright deserving of national recognition‚ÄĒis to be presented to Mona Mansour by The National Arts Club during a virtual ceremony on Thursday, February 25 at 6:00 PM.

Michael Urie and Carly Hughes Join Janet Hubert in Virtual Reading of Douglas Lyons'  Photo Michael Urie and Carly Hughes Join Janet Hubert in Virtual Reading of Douglas Lyons' CHICKEN AND BISCUITS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 9, 2021

Michael Urie (Ugly Betty) and Carly Hughes (American Housewife) will join Janet Hubert (Fresh Prince of Bel Air) to star in a virtual reading of Douglas Lyons’ CHICKEN AND BISCUITS on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 8:00p.m. (EST) to benefit the Next Wave Initiative.

FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR's Janet Hubert To Star In A Virtual Reading Of CHICKEN AND BI Photo FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR's Janet Hubert To Star In A Virtual Reading Of CHICKEN AND BISCUITS To Benefit Next Wave Initiative
by Stephi Wild - Jan 28, 2021

Janet Hubert, best known to television audiences as ‚ÄúAunt Viv‚ÄĚ on¬†The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, will star as Baneatta Mabry in a virtual reading of Douglas Lyons' family comedy,¬†CHICKEN AND BISCUITS¬†on¬†Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 8:00p.m.

Douglas Lyons' Next Wave Initiative Scholarships are Open for Submissions Photo Douglas Lyons' Next Wave Initiative Scholarships are Open for Submissions
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 12, 2020

The Next Wave Initiative has announced open submissions for Cycle 1 of its scholarship program. Founded by actor-composer and TV writer Douglas Lyons (Beautiful, Beau), The Next Wave Initiative is a developmental branch of The Directors Company committed to amplifying future Black voices in the American theatre.

The National Arts Club Awards $25,000 Kesselring Prize for Playwriting to Mona Mansou Photo The National Arts Club Awards $25,000 Kesselring Prize for Playwriting to Mona Mansour
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 23, 2020

The 2020 Kesselring Prize for playwriting-a $25,000 award given annually to an outstanding playwright deserving of national recognition-will be given this year to Mona Mansour, it has been announced by The National Arts Club, which has bestowed the award since 1980.

New York Theatre Barn to Live Stream Excerpts From New Musicals By Tim Rosser, Charli Photo New York Theatre Barn to Live Stream Excerpts From New Musicals By Tim Rosser, Charlie Sohne and J. Oconer Navarro
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 10, 2020

New York Theatre Barn will host a free live stream of its New Works Series on Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 at 7PM EDT, featuring excerpts from the new musicals Talk to Me and F.L.I.P.PED.

Carly Hughes, Zhailon Levingston and More Join Next Wave Initiative's First Summer Pr Photo Carly Hughes, Zhailon Levingston and More Join Next Wave Initiative's First Summer Programming
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 26, 2020

Founded by Douglas Lyons (Beautiful, Beau), The Next Wave Initiative is a developmental branch of The Directors Company, committed to amplifying future Black voices in The American Theatre. On July 1st, at 7pm EST, NWI will host its first Zoom-Room Series: 'To be Young, Gifted, Black...and cast.'

Douglas Lyons Launches The Next Wave Initiative Funding the Future of Black Theatre A Photo Douglas Lyons Launches The Next Wave Initiative Funding the Future of Black Theatre Artists
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 16, 2020

Douglas Lyons (Beautiful, Beau) has launched The Next Wave Initiative, a developmental branch of The Directors Company committed to amplifying future Black voices in The American Theatre.

Musical Theatre Factory's TUNE IN TUESDAYS Continues With Douglas Lyons and Ethan Pak Photo Musical Theatre Factory's TUNE IN TUESDAYS Continues With Douglas Lyons and Ethan Pakchar's BEAU
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 30, 2020

Musical Theatre Factory Tune In Tuesdays continues on May 5 with Douglas Lyons and Ethan Pakchar's BEAU. BEAU had a rousing launch production at the 25th season of the Adirondack Theatre Festival last year; after development with MTF, The Directors Company, Lincoln Center, Roundabout Theatre Company and Bucks County Playhouse.

VIDEO: Jeb Brown Sings 'By Your Side' for BEAU QUARANTINED CONCERTS Photo VIDEO: Jeb Brown Sings 'By Your Side' for BEAU QUARANTINED CONCERTS
by Stage Tube - Mar 30, 2020

Broadway Veteran Jeb Brown, (Spiderman, Beautiful) sings 'By Your Side' in the fifth episode of Douglas Lyons and Ethan D. Pakchar's 'Beau Quarantined Concerts'. Beau tells the story of musician Ace Baker, who at 12 discovered the grandfather his mother intended to keep a secret; a man who changed Ace's life forever by putting a guitar in his hand, and self-love in his heart.

VIDEO: Watch BEAU QUARANTINED Concerts: Episode 2 Featuring Aisha Jackson Photo VIDEO: Watch BEAU QUARANTINED Concerts: Episode 2 Featuring Aisha Jackson
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 24, 2020

Matt Rodin, who starred in the Adirondack Theatre Festival production of Beau,  revisits the score in the third  episode of Douglas Lyons and Ethan Pakchar's 'Beau Quarantined Concerts'. Beau tells the story of Ace Baker, who at 12 discovers the grandfather his mother intended to keep a secret; a man who changes Ace's life forever by putting a guitar in his hand, and self-love in his heart. 

VIDEO: Watch BEAU QUARANTINED Concerts Episode 3 Featuring Matt Rodin Photo VIDEO: Watch BEAU QUARANTINED Concerts Episode 3 Featuring Matt Rodin
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 24, 2020

Matt Rodin, who starred in the Adirondack Theatre Festival production of Beau,  revisits the score in the third  episode of Douglas Lyons and Ethan Pakchar's 'Beau Quarantined Concerts'. Beau tells the story of Ace Baker, who at 12 discovers the grandfather his mother intended to keep a secret; a man who changes Ace's life forever by putting a guitar in his hand, and self-love in his heart. 

VIDEO: Ben Roseberry Kicks Off BEAU QUARANTINED CONCERTS Photo VIDEO: Ben Roseberry Kicks Off BEAU QUARANTINED CONCERTS
by Stage Tube - Mar 20, 2020

Ben Roseberry, currently Ed on Broadway in Disney's The Lion King, kicks off Douglas Lyons and Ethan Pakchar's 'Beau Quarantined Concerts'. The song 'Comin' Home' is from their new musical Beau, which tells the story of Ace Baker, who at 12 discovers the grandfather his mother intended to keep a secret. A man who changes Ace's life forever by putting a guitar in his hand, and self-love in his heart. 

The Directors Company/Studio to Temporarily Close Amid Covid-19 Photo The Directors Company/Studio to Temporarily Close Amid Covid-19
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 17, 2020

The Directors Company/Studio to temporarily close amid Covid-19:

Photo Flash: CHICKEN AND BISCUITS at Queens Theatre Photo Photo Flash: CHICKEN AND BISCUITS at Queens Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 28, 2020

Chicken and Biscuits, the new family comedy by playwright-composer and actor Douglas Lyons (Beautiful), begins previews tonight at The Queens Theatre; running through March 22nd. Opening night is set for March 6th.

Adirondack Theatre Festival Announces 26th Season Photo Adirondack Theatre Festival Announces 26th Season
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jan 31, 2020

Adirondack Theatre Festival Producing Artistic Director, Chad Rabinovitz, is proud to announce the lineup for ATF's 26th Anniversary Season.  The leading professional theatre in the Capital Region dedicated to new plays and musicals, ATF's season runs June 12 a?" August 7, 2020 with performances at the Charles R. Wood Theater in Downtown Glens Falls, NY.  The summer season of fully produced new works features 4 Mainstage shows and 4 special events, including a large-scale musical celebrating 100 years of broadcast radio, a hysterical Seinfeldian comedy, a bilingual musical drama set across two continents, and a gorgeous love story about the pain of letting go. 

Photo Flash: Meet the Women of CHICKEN AND BISCUITS at Queens Theatre Photo Photo Flash: Meet the Women of CHICKEN AND BISCUITS at Queens Theatre
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jan 20, 2020

A new family comedy is coming to town. Chicken and Biscuits by award winning composer-playwright and actor Douglas Lyons (Beautiful), will premiere at Queens Theatre, Feb 28th-March 22nd, 2020.

2020 Johnny Mercer Writers Colony At Goodspeed Participants Announced Photo 2020 Johnny Mercer Writers Colony At Goodspeed Participants Announced
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jan 15, 2020

In what has become an annual ritual, a total of 40 established and emerging composers, lyricists, and librettists will converge on the Goodspeed campus from mid-January through mid-February 2020 to participate in the Johnny Mercer Foundation Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals. The writing teams, representing 15 new musicals, will populate the campus, creating a truly exciting environment for discovery and inspiration.

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