Anne Hamilton/Hamilton Dramaturgy


BCWJ Article on Indie Theater Now

In New York City, Martin Denton is a tireless theatregoer, writer, publisher, advocate and critic. His contribution to the profession with the website http://www.nytheatre.com is immeasurable. His new venture, Indie Theater Now, is a wonderful opportunity for playwrights and other theatre artists.  Recently, Martin wrote an article for my ScriptForward! E-newsletter entitled, “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Indie Theater Now”. I’ve shared an excerpt below.

Indie Theater Now (ITN) is an online service that presents and preserves new American plays in script form. Our vision is to be both comprehensive and inclusive. ITN is kind of like a traditional review/preview site, but on steroids: Instead of simply just writing ABOUT a play that excites us, we share the full text of that play, along with dynamic, continually updated content that provides background and context—e.g., podcasts, interviews, reviews, videos, photos, etc.—created by the playwrights themselves as well as other artists and ITN staff. In this way readers can discover the work more fully, wherever they are, at their convenience. It’s also kind of like traditional play publishing, but on a massively larger scale (i.e., hundreds of new plays published per year rather than a few dozen) and at comparative warp-speed: the “Now” in Indie Theater Now reflects our ability to publish work days, not months or years, after its initial presentation on stage.

I started nytheatre.com 16 years ago in order to share my excitement about drama in general and many amazing but underrated/unappreciated/unknown new plays in particular. Playwright Kirk Bromley once said that nytheatre.com was “an engine of enthusiasm for the art”—a phrasing I particularly like.

I think of Indie Theater Now as a much more robust engine – not just of enthusiasm but of genuine discovery; one that enables teachers, students, actors, directors, producers, and artists of every stripe, as well as those not involved in the theater, to experience the fruits of indie drama as close to first-hand as possible.”

Please read the entire article on my Hamilton Dramaturgy blog, which is https://hamiltondramaturgy.wordpress.com.

BCWJ Article on Indie Theater Now by Anne Hamilton

Anne Hamilton has more than twenty years of experience in the professional theatre in NYC, across the nation, and internationally. She is available for script consultations and career advising through hamiltonlit@hotmail.com. Season Three of Hamilton Dramaturgys TheatreNow! launched with an interview with Kate Valk, a leading actress with The Wooster Group.

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