Anne Hamilton/Hamilton Dramaturgy


Demystifying Dramaturgy on Kanjy

http://blog.kanjy.co/editorial/anne-hamilton/

I am pleased to be working with Kanjy, a new global community for scriptwriters. Through Kanjy, writers connect with colleagues, find opportunities and share their work through secure, digital portfolios.

I will be sharing Kanjy news here on my blog, as well as on my twitter account @AnneHamiltonlit.

Demystifying Dramaturgy

I am often asked, “What is a dramaturg?” My answer is that I am a literary and historical advisor.

However, there are many functions and specialties within the field, and each dramaturg is an artist with unique training and experience, and a unique process. The beauty of working in this field is that I can create a collaborative relationship on every new project, based on the needs of the playwright, director, or production. New York City is my artistic home.

I love working on new projects. As a freelance dramaturg, they include new play development, historical research, and new musical development. I often try to help the playwright find development and production opportunities when the play is finished. Once playwrights are on my radar, I try to be very helpful and push their careers forward.

The essence of my practice is listening carefully to what playwrights need – sometimes they are aware of an area they want help with, and other times they just want a second set of eyes to review what’s on the page, and then a discussion on how to strengthen their vision.

I am currently working on several new plays and musicals, both privately and for organizations. Tom Cavanaugh, a long-time collaborator, has a reading of BEHOLD at the Blank Theatre in Los Angeles this month, and Warren Bodow, a second-act playwright residing in New York City and Tucson, Arizona, has just finished a new comedy called THE GUY ON FIRST BASE.

In my first year as a dramaturg for the New York Musical Theatre Festival, I am advising Alexis Fishman on developing DER GELBE STERN, which had a successful run in Australia recently and is part of NYMF’s Next Link Series, headed for a production in NY in July. Also, I’ve advised the development of PUMPED, with libretto by Marla Woodhill, JD Jacobsen and Nicole Jacobsen, and music and lyrics by the terrific new team of Kyle Ewalt and Michael Ian Walker. I’ve also helped Chicago-based singer and writer Jillann Gabrielle with her one woman show HEDDA, on the gossip columnist Hedda Hopper.

In addition, I evaluate scripts, new play competitions, teach workshops, and serve as Guest Artist at the Great Plains Theatre Conference in Omaha, Nebraska.

I work with artists across the country and across the world, from beginners to veterans. And I get a thrill out of engaging in the process which allows great theatre to happen.

Anne Hamilton

Anne Hamilton is the Founder of Hamilton Dramaturgy, an international consultancy based in New York City’s professional scene, and located in Bucks County, PA. She has over twenty years of experience across the country and internationally. The majority of her clients are located in N.Y. and L.A. Her clients have gone on to win the Pulitzer Prize, the MacArthur “Genius” Award, the Tony ® Award, and a Royal Court International Residency. In 2009, STAGE DIRECTIONS magazine named her a “trailblazer” in American dramaturgy.

Hamilton has consulted with Andrei Serban, the Joseph Papp Public Theater, the Harold Prince Musical Theatre Institute, Michael Mayer, Lynn Nottage, Yehuda Ne’eman, Classic Stage Company, B.T. McNicholl, Tina Andrews, NYSCA, Jean Cocteau Repertory Theater, Leslie Lee, Andrew Barrett, The New York City Public Library’s Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, the University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop, and the Great Plains Theatre Festival.

She produces and hosts Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow!, a podcast series featuring some of the most important contemporary female theatre artists working in America. Podcasts can be downloaded at http://www.hamiltondramaturgystheatrenow.com.

Hamilton may be reached at (tel) 215-536-1074 EST, or  hamiltonlit@hotmail.com.  (www.hamiltonlit.com, https://hamiltondramaturgy.wordpress.com)

 



Magda Romanska on Dramaturgy

Here is a terrific new article published on the Boston Lyric Opera’s blog IN THE WINGS.

http://bostonlyricopera.blogspot.com/2014/01/meet-dramaturg.html

In a recent Boston Globe article, Boston Lyric Opera’s Dramaturg, Dr. Magda Romanska, was quoted saying that “the rigid division of roles (director/dramaturg/playwright)” or in the case of an opera, the stage director, dramaturg, and librettist “becomes more and more blurred as people move across boundaries” and begin to work together. When we posted the article on the BLO Facebook page, a longtime fan of the company asked, “Can someone please give me a definition of a dramaturg and what he/she does?” We thought this was a fine opportunity to formally introduce you to Magda and explain what it is exactly that she does.

Excerpt: “In our global, mediated context of multi-national group collaborations that unbend traditional divisions of roles as well as previously intransigent rules of time and space, the dramaturg is also the ultimate globalist: inter-cultural mediator, information and research manager, media content analyst, inter-disciplinary negotiator, and social media strategist.”



Finalists Announced for 2014 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama

Congratulations to Columbia University, my alma mater, which has created a new major drama prize.

http://kennedyprize.columbia.edu/archives/133

NEW YORK, January 9, 2014 – Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, on behalf of the board of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, has announced the five finalist plays and musical for the 2014 award:

Appropriate by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, produced by the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival of New American Plays.

Detroit ’67 by Dominique Morisseau, produced by the Public Theater in New York, NY.

Fun Home, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and music by Jeanine Tesori, produced by the Public Theater in New York, NY.

Party People by Universes, produced by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon.

the road weeps, the well runs dry by Marcus Gardley, produced by the Los Angeles Theatre Center in Los Angeles, CA.

The Edward M. Kennedy Prize is given annually to a new play or musical of merit that, in the words of the prize’s mission statement, “…enlists theater’s power to explore the past of the United States, to participate meaningfully in the great issues of our day through the public conversation, grounded in historical understanding, that is essential to the functioning of a democracy.”

The Prize Board of Governors includes Alan Brinkley, Allan Nevins Professor of American History and Provost Emeritus, Columbia University; Mary Schmidt Campbell, Dean, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University; Andrew Delbanco, Mendelson Family Professor of American Studies and Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University; Mandy Hackett, Associate Director, The Public Theater, New York, NY; Tony Kushner, Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright; James G. Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, Columbia University; Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith, Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient; Amanda Smith, author.

Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith created the prize to honor the life and legacy of her late brother, Senator Ted Kennedy. Finalists were selected through nominations from a group of 20 theater professionals around the country. The jury will meet at Columbia in early February 2014. The Prize will be announced on February 22, 2014, the anniversary of Senator Kennedy’s birth.  The winning play will receive an award of $100,000, and will be honored in a ceremony at Columbia later this spring.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services (CUL/IS) is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 12 million volumes, over 160,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various academic technology centers, including affiliates. CUL/IS employs more than 450 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources: library.columbia.edu.



Anne Hamilton to Dramaturg at NYMF in 2014

The New York Musical Theatre Festival has accepted me as a staff dramaturg for 2014. I am terrifically excited and thankful for this opportunity. My special thanks go to Director of Programming Mary Kate Burke.

I was referred by my long-time client Andrew Barrett, whose musical JULIAN PO was presented in 2013.  It was given a full production, and won the NYMF awards for  Best Music (Ira Antelis) and Best Actress award (Luba Mason) .  Andrew’s lyrics won an Honorable Mention. I have just finished dramaturging a rewrite of the musical.

I am so impressed with how interconnected the musical theatre world is. This fall I have been dramaturging a terrific new musical called PUMPED, which presented a staged reading in NYC. Luba Mason appeared in PUMPED in the iconic  role of Margaux Bottier. PUMPED features the hot new composer/lyricist team of Kyle Ewalt and Michael Ian Walker, as well as librettists Marla Woodhill, J.D. Jacobson and Nicole Jacobson.

I love dramaturging musicals, and have worked on many of them over the years with Andrew Barrett, B.T. McNicholl,  The Harold Prince Musical Theatre Institute/The Directors Company, George Marcy, Bob Goldstein, Pat Holley and I.B. Daniels, and Louis Steven Santora (Creator of GUILIN).

Not many people know this, but I primarily identified myself as a singer and a writer before turning to dramaturgy. I spent twenty years as a singer on major stages in New York City, performing classical music, show tunes, and some opera.

For my MFA thesis at Columbia School of the Arts, I served as Production Dramaturg at Classic Stage Company under director Michael Mayer on Marivaux’s THE TRIUMPH OF LOVE. It was the New York City premiere of James Magruder’s adaptation of the comedy. Later, Michael and James adapted the play into a musical and took it to Broadway, starring Betty Buckley, F. Murray Abraham and Susan Egan.

I am really looking forward to my work with NYMF.



PUMPED – A new musical in NYC

PUMPED will hold two invitation-only readings directed by Evan Pappas this week in New York City. I’ve been working as a dramaturg for the creative team for a couple of months, and have enjoyed every minute of it. Congratulations!

Read about it here on playbill.com:

http://www.playbill.com/news/article/182223-Autumn-Hurlbert-Luba-Mason-AJ-Shively-and-Lenny-Wolpe-Set-for-Reading-of-New-Musical-Pumped



JULIAN PO Website is Live

The Website is LIVE!  — www.JulianPoTheMusical.com

2013 NYMF  in NYC

JULIAN PO

Julian Po Dates



JULIAN PO – An NYMF Opener

Congratulations to Andrew Barrett, my friend and long-time client, whose musical JULIAN PO (co-written with composer Ira Antelis) has been selected as an opener for the 10th annual New York Musical Theatre Festival on July 8th. Congratulations, Andrew and Ira!

JULIAN PO

Five performances only:

1. Monday July 8th at 7pm
2. Wednesday July 10th at 9pm
3 & 4. Saturday July 13th at 5pm and 9pm
5. Sunday July 14th at 5pm

Julian Po
Book and Lyrics by
Andrew Barrett
Music by Ira Antelis
Based on the book “La mort de monsieur Golouja” by Branimir Šćepanović
and the screenplay “Julian Po” by Alan Wade

Julian Po is about a mysterious man who is determined to end his life at the sea, until he finds himself stuck in the smallest, strangest town in middle America. While waiting for a connecting train, he makes friendships that start to sway him from his mission, with repercussions no one anticipated. This darkly humorous modern day myth is set to the quintessentially American sounds of pop, rock and bluegrass.

National Music Theater Network. Now entering its tenth year, The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) exists to “revitalize musical theatre culture by discovering and promoting new musical theatre artists, producers and projects; nurturing a vibrant and innovative artistic community; and connecting one of America’s greatest art forms with a diverse, contemporary audience.”

For more information, visit NYMF.org.



“What I’m Dreamin’ Of” from JULIA PO

Here’s a terrific song from Andrew Barrett and Ira Antelis’ musical JULIAN PO.

Hunky Bobby the barber is newly married, but dreams of something bigger. Take a listen: http://snd.sc/ZN4ruJ

Julian po photo

https://www.facebook.com/JulianPoNYMF



JULIAN PO at NYMF

Congratulations to Andrew Barrett, one of my TALFs (Theatre Artists I Love to Follow) and his writing partner, the composer Ira Antelis, whose musical JULIAN PO has been chosen for the New York Musical Theatre Festival’s 2013 Next Link Project. This project is NYMF’s primary writer service program. Titles will be seen at the tenth annual New York Musical Theatre Festival, which will run July 8-28 in New York City.

The Next Link Project, according to NYMF, “empowers emerging musical theatre writing teams as both artists and entrepreneurs by providing the training and relationships needed to help them move their musicals from readings to fully-realized productions and to advance their careers by maximizing the exposure they receive in the Festival. Ten of the Festival’s full production slots are reserved for participants in The Next Link Project.”

Participants attend a special weekend-long symposium, featuring seminars on fundraising, marketing, industry outreach and self-producing, led by industry professionals. The writing teams are introduced to potential collaborators, supporters and producers, and receive dramaturgical support from professional literary managers and dramaturgs. Finally, each Next Link show receives financial support in the form of a $5,000 subsidy toward its production in the Festival.

Julian Po
Book and Lyrics by Andrew Barrett
Music by Ira Antelis
Based on the book “La mort de monsieur Golouja” by Branimir Šćepanović
and the screenplay “Julian Po” by Alan Wade
“Julian Po is determined to end his life at sea, but he finds himself stuck in the smallest, strangest town in Middle America. While waiting for a connecting train, Julian makes friendships that start to sway him from his mission, with repercussions no one anticipated. This darkly comic tale is led by four modern-day muses and set to the quintessentially American sounds of pop, rock and bluegrass.”



TheatreNow! Interview with Maria Alexandria Beech

Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! is a podcast series featuring some of the most exciting women artists working in the theatre today. Anne Hamilton is the producer and host. You may listen to the podcasts and read the transcripts at http://hamiltondramaturgystheatrenow.com

Interview with Maria Alexandria Beech, Playwright, Bookwriter and Lyricist
(Season 3, Episode 4, Recorded July 10, 2012)

Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! Interview with Maria Alexandria Beech

Maria Alexandria Beech is a playwright and librettist living in New York. She has written over fifteen full-length plays, several as a member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages Theatre, which co-produced her play LITTLE MONSTERS at Brandeis Theatre Company. Her full-length musical titled CLASS, with Karl Michael Johnson, was presented in a reading in May, 2012 at NYU.

Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.