ND: In Depth
By New Dramatists
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ND: In Depth is an ongoing series where playwrights meet the world in a variety of formats: interviews, panels, essays, and readings of new plays among other things. Join us as we celebrate the eclecticism of our community of writers and feature the topics on the forefront of their minds.
||CleanEpisode 14: Playwrights as Producers, Part 2: The Pool||Resident playwright Andy Bragen continues his conversation with playwrights who are creating new ways to produce their own work. In this segment, he interviews three writers, Lynn Rosen (ND resident playwright), Susan Bernfield, and Peter Gil-Sheridan, who formed a pop-up theater company/temporary consortium called The Pool.This November & December, the writers of The Pool will present one another's plays in rotating rep at the Flea’s new Siggy Theater in Tribeca.Washed Up On The Potomac by Lynn Rosen, directed by José ZayasThe Rafa Play by Peter Gil Sheridan, directed by Morgan Gould (ND resident playwright)Tania in the Getaway Van by Susan Bernfield, directed by Portia KriegerClick here to learn more and to track their progress towards production through their crowd fundraising platform.||8/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: Resistance Loves Company, Part 3||In this segment, resident playwright Sam Chanse continues her conversation with three additional playwrights about their responses to the new presidential administration, and how they are navigating the terrain. What specific strategies are playwrights using to take action, what is the intersection of theater and resistance, and how can we sustain our energy going forward?Zell Williams, (ND current resident), play and television writer based in LA. He's also a co-host of The Inner Cities, a weekly comical podcast on race and politics from a black perspective.Kimber Lee, playwright.Andrea Thome, (ND alum) playwright.“Resistance loves company” is the tag line of the WAM (Weekly Action Meetings) group hosted by ND alum Liz Duffy Adams and Gus Schulenberg/Flux Theatre Ensemble, who offered the moniker while recording Part 1.||7/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: Resistance Loves Company, Part 2||In this segment, resident playwright Sam Chanse continues her conversation with three additional playwrights about their responses to the new presidential administration, and how they are navigating the terrain. What specific strategies are playwrights using to take action, what is the intersection of theater and resistance, and how can we sustain our energy going forward?Chisa Hutchinson, New Dramatists resident playwright and founder of The Bedrock InitiativeRehana Lew Mirza, playwright and advocate for 101 NightsMashuq Mushtaq Deen, New Dramatists resident playwright and community organizer “Resistance loves company” is the tag line of the WAM (Weekly Action Meetings) group hosted by ND alum Liz Duffy Adams and Gus Schulenberg/Flux Theatre Ensemble, who offered the moniker while recording Part 1.||4/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Resistance Loves Company, Part 1||In this segment, resident playwright Sam Chanse brings together fellow writers/educators/theatre administrators to share responses to the presidential election and the new administration, and how they are navigating the terrain. What specific strategies are playwrights using to take action, what is the intersection of theater and resistance, and how can we sustain our energy going forward?Antoinette Nwandu, playwright and theatre professor http://antoinettenwandu.com/Cori Thomas, ND resident playwright http://newdramatists.org/cori-thomasCate Yu, playwright and former director of public programs at the Asian American Arts AllianceLiz Duffy Adams, ND alumna playwright and co-founder of Weekly Action Meetings group for theatre peopleGus Schulenburg, playwright, co-founder of Flux Theatre Ensemble, participant in the New Sanctuary Coalition, and associate producer of The Legacy Leaders of Color Video Project.||3/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Playwrights as Producers||In this episode, resident playwright Andy Bragen gathers playwrights who run their own theatre companies. Listen as he, Julia Jarcho, Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas, Deborah Stein, and Eugenie Chan discuss the joys and challenges of taking the artistic lead. To learn more about the work of each company, please visit their websites:http://www.andybragentheatreprojects.com/http://minortheater.org/http://fulcrumtheater.org/http://steinholum.org/http://www.eugeniechantheater.org/||4/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Vanessa Aspillaga||Each year New Dramatists recognizes four actors who have contributed substantially to the creation of new works by our resident writers. In our latest podcast episode, John Steber, New Dramatists' Director of the Playwrights Lab, interviews Vanessa Aspillaga, recipient of the Charles Bowden Award in 2005.||4/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: PlayTime 2015||Five New Dramatists residents playwrights - Sharon Bridgforth, Andy Bragen, Clarence Coo, Erin Courtney, and Sibyl Kempson— talk about the evolution of their projects within the concentrated pressure-cooker environment of New Dramatists' PlayTime Developmental Studio. The episode was edited by Karinne Keithley Syers from interviews that she and Mashuq Deen, serving as resource playwrights to the participants, conducted during the second week of the Studio in November, 2015.||2/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Oh Gender, Up Yours!||Three New Dramatists resident playwrights, Sylvan Oswald, Basil Kreimendahl, and Mashuq Deen, come together with the shared experience of being transmasculine artists working in the theatre industry. This hour-long candid conversation asks questions such as: What is the intersection between theatre and queer communities? Where are the commonalities in one anothers’ plays? Is there a shared agenda with regards to gender parity and opportunities in the theatre? How does a writer walk the line between generosity towards the audience and artistic authenticity? Sections of this conversation were published on HowlRound.||1/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: "Lift Lift Lift" by Matthew Freeman||The latest in New Dramatists' podcast series is a re-airing of Lift Lift Lift, a dramatic collage written and produced by resident playwright Matthew Freeman, which premiered in 2014 at the HearNow Festival in Kansas City and on Atlanta Fringe Radio.The piece features performances by Moira Stone, Robert Honeywell, David DelGrosso, Matthew Trumbull and Stephanie Willing.||10/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: A Prime Time For Change: On MTC, Equality, and the Need for Public Shaming||Manhattan Theater Club has been the subject of controversy in the news recently for their lack of diversity in the upcoming season. However, one of our New Dramatists playwrights in residence found it unsurprising in the least. Commentary by A. Zell Williams.If you'd like to comment on what you hear in the piece, or your views on diversity in the American Theater, please tweet us: @NewDramatists.||9/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Omi Osun Joni L. Jones||New Dramatists resident playwright Sharon Bridgforth interviews her wife, Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance and of African and African Diaspora Studies at University of Texas at Austin, in their San Francisco apartment about the process of writing her new book, Theatrical Jazz: Performance, Àṣẹ, and the Power of the Present Moment, and the jazz principles upon which it’s based. The book focuses on the theatrical work of New Dramatists alumni Daniel Alexander Jones and Erik Ehn, among others, as well as Sharon's own work.||6/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Beth Blickers||Subplot: Podcast from Behind the ScenesNew Dramatists resident playwright A. Zell Williams sits down with Abrams Artists Agency agent and President of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, Beth Blickers. For the past two decades, Beth has shepherded the careers of emerging and established artists, many of whom are or have been resident writers of New Dramatists. In this conversation, Zell and Beth look beyond the clichés of getting an agent to understand the relationship between an artist and their representation, how agents choose to take on clients, and how that relationship changes and grows over time.||5/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Barbara Hammond||Creating a Work of Art Based on a Work of ArtBarbara Hammond shares the research process for her new play, We Are Pussy Riot, based on the experiences of the Russian feminist punk performance protest group, Pussy Riot. Following her travels to Moscow and development sessions at New Dramatists, Barbara gathered a panel of experts on contemporary Russian culture and politics, and hosted a discussion that was open to the public. Panelists include Argemino Barro, correspondent for the war in Ukraine (El Confidencial); Melik Kaylan, journalist and political commentator (Wall Street Journal); and Mike Lerner, whose documentary film, A Punk Prayer, captures Pussy Riot’s trial after the arrest of their action at Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior in 2012. We Are Pussy Riot is a commission from the Contemporary American Theatre Festival and will receive its world premiere in July 2015 (www.catf.org).||5/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Matthew Freeman||New Dramatists resident playwright A. Zell Williams interviews fellow resident Matthew Freeman. In this in-depth, hour-long, personal interview, Matt shares wide-ranging stories including his formative experiences as a child of divorced parents, his actor training at Emerson College, his first foray into writing for experimental theatre in New York City during September of 2001, and his collaborative work on his recent play, The Listeners.||4/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
I am really grateful that this podcast series exists! It is fun, inspiring and powerful to hear playwrights sharing stories/talking about their work/their lives. Can’t wait for more! Thank you New Dramatists!
thinking out loud about the world--
it's always great to hear what artists are thinking about before, during and after they make their art. in these podcasts, playwrights talk about what made them who they are and how they came to write the plays they've written. always good to hear people thinking out loud about the world.
Fun Insight into Playwrights at ND
I'm a playwright myself, and I get a lot of joy listening to the processes and thoughts of these awesome ND playwrights. It's also great how the format is a little different between the two episodes we've seen so far. Keep it up!