It’s great to finally be able to publicly announce a program I’ve been helping to get off the ground – a new writers group out of NYU. The group is co-curated by the unstoppable Amy Cordileone (a professor at NYU) and features such rockstars as 2 Time Tony Award Winner Greg Kotis, Pulitzer Prize Finalist Steve Drukman, award winner Nikkole Salter and theatrical charmer/juggernaut Deb Laufer. There are 6 readings in the upcoming month – which you can read about below in the press release that went out from NYU last night.
If you’re in the NYC area, I hope you check it out.
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This fall, the Program in Educational Theatre at NYU Steinhardt is host to a new play development pilot, curated by Amy Cordileone (New York University) and Sean Daniels (Geva Theatre Center). Several of New York’s most accomplished playwrights are collaborating to explore their own new work and mentor writers of the future. Participating playwrights include: Steve Drukman (Another Fine Mess, Prince of Atlantis), Tyler Grimes (Meat, Ahoy Abel Brown!), Emily Kaczmarek (Jeremy, To Lose Control of the Vehicle), Greg Kotis (Urinetown, Pig Farm), Deborah Laufer (Sirens, End Days), Nikkole Salter (Carnaval, In the Continuum), and Joe Salvatore (Three, Open Heart).
“The hope is to create a roundtable in which a community of playwrights at various stages in their careers, with various areas of expertise, are able to share material, develop supportive partnerships, and publically present their new work. A program of this nature encourages community and collaboration in an often solitary art form; ideally, growing personal and professional partnerships in this manner results in incredibly inspired new plays,” says Cordileone.
“To see the more accomplished playwrights take the younger ones under their proverbial wings has been really encouraging – but what’s even more inspiring is when you see all of them mentor each other. Not only are each of them creating strong new pieces of work, but collectively working to improve each other. Makes you wish you saw more of this in the field.” states Daniels.
In December, members of the Writers’ Roundtable will present readings of the work generated throughout this process. All readings will take place at NYU.
Dec 6 at 7 PM: Joe Salvatore (Bromancing the OK, Lakeside Lullaby, and The Power of Johnny)
Emily Kaczmarek (Untitled)
Dec 13 at 7 PM: Nikkole Salter (Repairing a Nation)
Dec 16 at 6 PM: Deborah Laufer (Informed Consent)
Dec 17 at 6 PM: Greg Kotis (The Wayward Bunny)
Tyler Grimes (The Foreverglades)
Amy Cordileone, PhD, is a professor in the Program in Educational Theatre at NYU Steinhardt. Also a director, choreographer, and designer, her artistic work and research is focused on investigating aesthetic spaces across the globe; she has developed partnerships with organizations worldwide, particularly in East Africa. At NYU, Cordileone has created innovative programming for Steinhardt’s Shakespeare Initiative, new works labs, and the student-generated production series.
Sean Daniels is the Artist-At-Large/Director of Artistic Engagement at the Geva Theatre Center after spending 4 years at the Tony Award winning Actors Theatre of Louisville as the theater’s Associate Artistic Director (where he directed a record 17 productions including 5 Humana Festivals in his 4 seasons). Mr. Daniels is the former Associate Artistic Director/Resident Director of the California Shakespeare Theater and before that spent a decade as the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Dad’s Garage Theater Company in Atlanta, Ga.
The award-winning Program in Educational Theatre at NYU Steinhardt is dedicated to developing the next generation of theatre artists and educators. With a long and established track record of producing the most innovative theatre educators in New York State and beyond, the program is focused on exploring theatre as an art form, not necessarily in traditional spaces or by traditional measures, but through consistent engagement with artistic and aesthetic rigor. The notions of new works, new voices, and new audiences are central to this new project, the Writers’ Roundtable, as we examine how theatre shapes and changes the world. http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/music/edtheatre