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Opportunities

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Camargo Foundation (Cassis | FR)

Camargo Core 2018-19

The Camargo Core Program is the historical and flagship program of the Foundation. Each year an international call is launched through which 18 fellows (9 artists and 9 scholars/thinkers) are selected.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights.
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
10 / 17 / 2017

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Camargo Foundation (Cassis | FR)

The Cultural Diaspora: African-American and African Playwrights Creative Residency at the Camargo Foundation

Four participants from the United States and four from the African continent, all of whom are interested in the intersection and interaction, whether historic or contemporary, between the United States and Africa, will be hosted at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to mid-career/ established African-American citizens or African playwrights 21 years or older. Students are not eligible to apply.
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
10 / 19 / 2017

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Ellen Stewart International Award

2017-18 Ellen Stewart International Award

Candidates can come from any country/community in the world. Candidates must exhibit excellence and major achievements in the areas or socially-engaged theatre with youth involvement. We are looking for as diverse an array of candidates as possible. Candidates should be available to spend a residency during the summer of 2018 at La MaMa Umbria in Spoleto, Italy.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to all theatre artists. Employees of La Mama, ITI, and the Spoleto Festival are not eligible to apply. Members of the International Committees or their relatives are not eligible; previous awardees are not eligible.
Submission Method: 
Email
Deadline: 
8 / 31 / 2017

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Articles

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You are not a brand

I recently spoke to a group of MFA playwriting students looking for direction as they leave school and start to build careers in the theater. The question arose: should I brand myself?

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Playwright's Best Advantage: Pointers for Preparing for Workshop

New play workshops are fun, exciting, often surprising, sometimes overwhelming.  At their best, they can be a turning point on a play’s journey toward production. 

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Mental Block & Broken Tackle

Playwriting is hard work. It takes commitment and courage for a writer to put their words in performers’ mouths in an effort to create that unified living matrix we call a play. The job of the playwright is complicated by the collaborative nature of the theater, the vagaries of play development, and by production demands. Consequently, the challenge of creating a work on the page that eventually lives and breathes successfully on the stage can be perplexing, sometimes even paralyzing. You can get stuck.

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