The Kennedy Center New Play Dramaturgy Intensive 2019
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas [LMDA], and The National New Play Network [NNPN] will host its 8th annual New Play Dramaturgy Intensive in Washington, D.C., July 27 - August 4, 2019.
This will be an eight-day intensive program at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts focusing on enriching the participants’ experience as a key resource to the playwright, dramaturg, and director of new work while expanding the participants’ understanding about the value the practice of dramaturgy can have on a new play and ultimately society.
Eligible participants are current university students [undergraduate or graduate and recent graduates] entering the field. A limited number of places in the Intensive will be held for faculty. It is anticipated that up-to sixteen participants will be invited.
Led by Mark Bly
Recent Senior Mentors include:
Adrien-Alice Hansel, Literary Director, Studio Theatre
Celise Kalke, Synchronicity Theatre
Gavin Witt, Senior Dramaturg and Associate Artistic Director, Baltimore Center Stage
Martin Kei Green Rogers, President LMDA
Description of Program:
-Daily meetings with Mark Bly with discussions of the plays and the participant's rehearsal work as a key resource and observer.
-Assignments with mentor dramaturgs on the eight new plays being developed and rehearsed during the MFA Playwrights’ Workshop, produced in association with NNPN, at the Kennedy Center.
-Group sessions with each projects’ dramaturg.
-Discussions on institutional new play development process and policy with the theatre companies represented on the creative teams of the MFA Playwrights’ Workshop.
The creative teams are still being determined for summer 2019, but the theatres represented 2016-2018 included:
Actors Theatre of Louisville, Artists Repertory Theater, City Theatre, Company One Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Studio Theatre, Kitchen Dog, Alliance Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, The Acting Company, Seattle Rep, and Unicorn Theatre.
Each day’s schedule will be coordinated with the rehearsal blocks of the MFA Playwrights' Workshop [9:30am-1:30pm, 2:30-6:30pm], with lunch meetings and early evening sessions.
Tuition and Housing:
(Travel and meals are the responsibility of the participant. Shared Lodging will be in the residence halls of the George Washington University, in the Kennedy Center neighborhood at a cost of $40 (shared occupancy) per night.)
Invited participants will be notified by May 24, 2019.
(Early submission and acceptance notification is possible if applicants’ home institutions have earlier professional development funding deadlines. Please inquire.)
Mark Bly (Director of Dramaturgy Intensive) is currently on The Artists Advisory Board of and has dramaturged frequently for The Acting Company led by Artistic Director Ian Belknap and founded by John Houseman and Margot Harley. He was from 1992-2017 the Director for MFA Playwriting Programs at The Yale School of Drama, Hunter College and Fordham/Primary Stages. Bly is an active free-lance dramaturg in the New York, Washington, DC., San Diego areas for such writers as Ken Lin (House of Cards, Kleptocracy), Andrew Hinderaker (Penny Dreadful, Colossal), and Herbert Siguenza (Birth Day, Grand Master Funk Isaac Asimov Project X).Over the past 40 years he has worked as a Dramaturg, Director of New Play Development, and Associate Artistic Director at The Arena Stage, Alley Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Rep, San Diego Rep, The Acting Company, Yale Rep, and on Broadway dramaturging and producing over 250 plays. He has dramaturged on Broadway Emily Mann’s Execution of Justice (1985) being credited by Village Voice critic Alisa Solomon as the first production dramaturg on Broadway; Moises Kaufman’s 33 Variations (2009); and lbsen’s An Enemy of the People (2012). Bly has served as Dramaturg for world and United States’ premieres of plays by Rajiv Joseph, Suzan-Lori Parks, Howard Brenton, David Hare, Tim Blake Nelson, Sarah Ruhl, Ken Lin, James Magruder, Jeffrey Hatcher, Charles Randolph Wright, and Moises Kaufman. He has dramaturged new plays by Robert Schenkkan, Maria Irene Fornes, Marcus Gardley, Dorothy Fortenberry, David Henry Hwang, Daniel Beaty, Kevin Kling, Karen Zacarias, Matthew Maguire, and Amy Herzog. Bly has appeared in numerous publications: Yale Theatre as Contributing Editor and Advisory Editor, Theatre Forum, American Theatre, The Dramaturgy Sourcebook, Critical Stages, The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy, LMDA Review and Stage Directors and Choreographers Journal, and Diversity, Inclusion and Representation. He is Editor of Production Notebooks: Theatre in Process: Volumes I & II (TCG, 1996, 2001), and Special Editor for Yale Theatre, “Return of the Dramaturgs,” Summer, 1986. In 2019 his latest book New Dramaturgies: Strategies and Exercises for 21st Century Playwriting will be published. In 2010 Bly received the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas G.E. Lessing Career Achievement Award. In 2014 he established the LMDA Bly Creative Capacity Grants/Fellowships Fund supporting interdisciplinary projects that advance the field of dramaturgy focusing on equality, diversity and inclusiveness. He has served as Director of the Kennedy Center New Play Dramaturgy Intensive for the past eight years and has conducted playwriting and dramaturgy workshops for the annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Bly is an Ambassador at Large for the National New Play Network and has served on its distinguished Board.
For any questions or concerns, please contact Gregg Henry, Artistic Director of KCACTF, at GHenry@kennedy-center.org