Saturday, April 16, 2011

Playwrights' Commons: A New Development Organization Launches in Boston

Another exciting opportunity for playwrights in Boston! Ilana Brownstein, professor of theatre at BU, former dramaturg at the Huntington Theatre, and, in general, a champion for playwrights and new plays, has launched a new development organization to service New England playwrights. It's called Playwrights' Commons. Another development opportunity? It's more than that. Personally, as a playwright, I think one of the cool things about it is that it's focused on the development of the playwright (the person) in new creative ways, not a development opportunity that seeks to "fix" our "broken" plays.

Here's the mission statement: "Playwrights’ Commons is a nascent playwright development (not play development) organization whose mission is to strengthen the Boston-area theatre ecology through innovative laboratories, workshops, collaborative opportunities, and fiscal sponsorships of emerging artists. Playwrights’ Commons seeks to provide dramaturgical support to writers at all stages of their careers, with a special focus on deepening the opportunities for artists who hope to put down professional roots in Boston and surrounding cities." Check out the website for more details AND, for information on how to apply for the Freedom Art Theatre Retreat this summer. Follow Playwrights Commons on Twitter @PwritesCom and on Facebook.