The American Voices New Play Institute will hold the first of its three convenings in the 2011/12 season November 4-5, 2011 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. This convening, IN THE INTERSECTION: Non-Profit and Commercial Producers in the New Play Sector, will bring together about 30 theater practitioners and producers who have worked in both the non-profit and commercial theater industry. The event will be closed to the public and the media. A report summarizing the panels and roundtable discussions will be written by Diane Ragsdale and shared a week after the convening on the Institute's online journal, HowlRound.com, followed by an officiAl White paper this winter.
As of October 28, 2011, participants for the convening include Christopher Ashley, Jamie Bennett, David Binder, John F. Breglio, Robert Brustein, Polly Carl, Michael David, Edgar Dobie, David Dower, Oskar Eustis, Zelda Fichandler, Amy Freed, Michael Friedman, Sue Frost, David Hawkanson, Mame Hunt, Mara Isaacs, Rocco Landesman, Margo Lion, Kevin McCollum, Kevin Moore, Gregory Mosher, James Nicola, Loren Plotkin, Diane Ragsdale, Michael Ritchie, Molly Smith, Tony Taccone, Charles Randolph-Wright and Karen Zacarías.
Friday, November 4 features themed panel discussions: Historical Viewpoints - Rocco Landesman and Gregory Mosher moderated by Diane Ragsdale; How We Got Here - Robert Brustein and Zelda Fichandler moderated by Oskar Eustis; Evolution of the Intersection: Contracts - John F. Breglio and Michael David moderated by David Dower; and Reflection, Refraction, Response, a panel featuring Resident Playwrights Amy Freed, Charles Randolph-Wright and Karen Zacarías. Saturday, November 5 includes all-day roundtable discussions focused on commercial producers, non-profit producers, artists and reactions. Each discussion will be followed by a breakout session, and the weekend will conclude with a final wrap-up.
For post-event updates including the summary report visit HowlRound.com.
The American Voices New Play Institute at Arena Stage is designed as a center for research, development and dissemination of effective practices, programs and processes for new play development in the American theater. The Institute includes a suite of interrelated programs, all of which are built upon innovative models currently operating in the field that demonstrate potential for replication in other communities. For more information visit www.arenastage.org/new-play-institute.