Anne Hamilton/Hamilton Dramaturgy


BCWJ Article on Little Black Dress INK

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By Anne M. Hamilton, MFA

For the past year I have had the pleasure of being involved in Little Black Dress INK’s Female Playwrights Onstage Project.

Now in its fourth year, the competition is the brainchild of Playwright and Educator Tiffany Antone, who currently resides in Texas. This national festival of new work has a different theme each year and utilizes a peer review process to identify semi-finalists, whose short plays or monologues are then read in different cities across the country. Finalists are chosen from those events. They enjoyed a staged reading at the Los Angeles Theatre Center last year, followed by a production in Arizona in January.

In 2014, the theme was Planting the Seed, and my play OFEM, inspired by my experience as a CSA member at Blooming Glen Farm, was a finalist. It was read in Ithaca, NY, and Los Angeles before being given its premiere in Arizona. Indie Theatre Now will publish OFEM and all the finalists in an online volume of 11 plays.

This year’s theme is Outside the Lines, and my two character drama THE SHOEBOX is a semifinalist. This short play reunites two high school classmates to reminisce in a late night phone call after their homeroom teacher, a nun, has passed away. Theater Unbound in Minneapolis gave it a staged reading along with five other pieces in March. The festival is still unfolding in events across the country.

Tiffany summarizes her goals on her website: “Little Black Dress INK is an experiment in support, inspired by recent revelations in numbers on the subject of just how few female playwrights actually get produced. Through outreach, education, and producing opportunities, Little Black Dress INK strives to create more production opportunities for female playwrights while also strengthening the female playwright network.”

I have found this competition to be a highly effective and rewarding way of reaching those goals. It grows every year, and currently involves 35 new plays and over 60 artists in eight cities. 2016 submission guidelines will be posted on www.littleblackdressink.org on October 1, 2015.

Anne Hamilton has 24 years of experience as a dramaturg. She is available for script consultations and career advising through hamiltonlit@hotmail.com. Her play WHO’S ANDY WARHOL? was performed at The Lost Theatre in London in October, 2014. She will teach a playwriting workshop at the Philadelphia Writers Conference in June 12-14, 2015.

To be published in Anne’s Page & Stage column in the Bucks County Women’s Journal (April/May 2015 issue). www.buckscountywomensjournal.com



Guest Tweeting for @LMDAmericas This Week

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Anne HamiltonAnne Hamilton is a NYC-based freelance dramaturg and the Founder of Hamilton Dramaturgy, an international consultancy. She holds an MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts, and has worked with Andrei Serban, Michael Mayer, Lynn Nottage, NYMF, Niegel Smith, and Classic Stage Company. She created Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow!, and her specialties include new play development, production dramaturgy, new musicals, career advising, advocacy, and oral histories. She was a Bogliasco Foundation Fellow. www.hamiltonlit.com

Questions from LMDA

What is your “focus” for the week?

During the week of March 2-8, 2015, I will tweet about several of the projects I am currently working on, as well as the recent triumphs of the playwrights for whom I have dramaturged. I think it is important to communicate the range of projects and locations that my freelance dramaturg’s practice involves. My projects as a dramaturg this week will include: Volunteering for the musical THE CALICO BUFFALO by EJ Stapleton, Peter Stopschinski in the New York Musical Theatre Festivals Next Link Project (to be produced in NYC in July); Giving feedback to Anita Gonzalez and Richard Allen on their new musical LIVERPOOL TRADING, and leading a Question and Answer session for their reading in the 6th Potpourri World Women Works Series (March 8, 3pm, NYC); and consulting with a first-time screenwriter. I will also list several of the accomplishments and upcoming shows of my dramaturgy clients including: the upcoming NYC production of Jack Karp’s IRREVERSIBLE and Crystal Jackson’s SYNCHRONICITY; and the recent reading of Tom Cavanaugh’s ADAM & YOSHI (directed by Stebos) for Artistic Director Jim Simpson at the Flea Theatre in NYC. Also, for my own development as an emerging playwright, I will be completing tasks for my drama THE SHOEBOX, which is a semi-finalist in Little Black Dress INK’s ONSTAGE PROJECT; and preparing a script for publication in England. Finally, I am waiting to hear some news this week on a couple of matters, so I’m hoping there will be some surprise announcements.

What is your definition of dramaturgy?

I describe myself as a literary and historical advisor to playwrights, directors, producers, and theatre companies.
What is your favorite or dream project?

My favorite project is the one I am working on in the moment. I enjoy a range of activities, from script development, to production dramaturgy, to developing new musicals, to research, to hosting TheatreNow!, to advising young artists on developing their careers. I enjoy learning and taking advantage of new technologies to help broaden the definition and practice of the profession.