Welcoming some of the nation’s most successful dramatists, including Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Albee and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz, Mason’s Theater of the First Amendment will host the conference, “Playwrights in Mind: A National Conversation.”
The conference opens on Thursday, June 9 at 3 p.m. and continues through Sunday, June 12 at noon at the Mason Inn Conference Center and Hotel on the university’s Fairfax Campus.
Sponsored by the Dramatists Guild of America, the event will include a series of educational workshops, as well as keynote speeches and roundtable discussions that will engage dramatists at any stage in their careers. In addition, new play readings will take place throughout the day by some of the nation’s leading playwrights, librettists and composers.
The conference will feature keynote speakers Molly Smith, artistic director of Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.; Todd Lincoln, artistic director of New Dramatists in New York City; and Julia Jordan, an award-winning playwright.
“This conference will help further the mission of Theater of the First Amendment which is dedicated to discovering, developing and launching new, thought-provoking plays,” says Kevin Murray, managing director of Theater of the First Amendment. “We are very excited to welcome dramatists at any stage in their careers, as well as members of the community, to come together to discuss some of the successes and challenges of our craft and how best to navigate in the years ahead.”
The conference concludes with Theater of the First Amendment’s First Light Discovery Program, which provides playwrights with an opportunity to continue to develop new plays while working with professional directors, dramaturges and actors. The workshop culminates in public staged readings with audience feedback.
For registration information and a complete schedule of events, visit the website.
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