Anne Hamilton/Hamilton Dramaturgy


Anne Taught Screenwriting/Playwriting Workshop at Philadelphia Writer’s Conference

I had the pleasure of teaching a scriptwriting workshop at the Philadelphia Writer’s Conference from June 3rd through 5th.  One of the nation’s oldest writing conferences, past instructors have included the great novelist Pearl S. Buck. Close to 200 participants attended. I taught three one-hour sessions to about 25 class members on topics including: dramatic elements, the dramatic form, developing character and storyline, differences in formatting between screenplays and stage plays, the writer’s life, cultivating self-expression, and myths and truths about professional writers. I gave the students several writing exercises in free form expression and writing taglines. I discussed the opening from the screenplay WINTER’S BONE to demonstrate characterization, diction, and tone. Class members read roles in a scene from a terrific comedy written by another participant, and I taught them how to give feedback in an appropriate and constructive manner.  Finally, I read two excerpts from my own work to illustrate the use of imagery and high dramatic stakes – the opening of AND THEN I WENT INSIDE, Part II of  THE STACY PLAY – A LOVE SONG – VOLUME I, and the monologue RED RIBBON TIE, which is part of ANOTHER WHITE SHIRT.

I will be looking for other opportunities to serve as a conference workshop leader. Thank you, PWC.

Here are testimonials from four of my students:

“I had the privilege of attending one of Anne Hamilton’s playwriting workshops at the 2011 Philadelphia Writer’s Conference. As an emerging playwright I found her workshop to be superbly instructive; submission formats and targets for submitting plays were particularly helpful. Her in-class writing exercises and prompts were excellent workshop fuel and her reading from her own piece about the 9/11 attacks was galvanizing. It’s good to know there is a resource like her out there as my portfolio of plays continues to evolve.”

-Lisa S. Lutwyche has a BFA in painting, a BA in Art History, and spent 28 years in corporate and residential architecture and design, teaching creative writing at a community arts center since 1992.  After attending AROHO (A Room of Her Own, a selective, bi-annual women’s writing retreat in New Mexico) in 2009, and a workshop there with playwright Ellen McLaughlin, Lisa started writing plays.  She had her first one-act play, THE FALL, produced in the 2010 Philadelphia Fringe Festival.  A poet, novelist, essayist and playwright, she is currently working on her MFA in Creative Writing through a low residency program at Goddard College in Vermont.

“Anne Hamilton provides an outstanding workshop for aspiring playwrights and screenwriters.  She speaks from a wealth of experience as a playwright and dramaturg and is able to impart her knowledge clearly and in a manner that is helpful to those on every level of proficiency.  Her handouts, which cover key elements of dramatic writing as well as formatting, are useful, plus she excels at establishing a warm, encouraging presence that infuses the insightful critiques of work submitted by members of the workshop.  I strongly recommend her.”

Diana Pazicky, Assistant Professor of English, Temple University

“Anne Hamilton’s recent Playwriting/Screenwriting Workshop at the 2011 Philadelphia Writer’s Conference was intriguing and informative. Her experience as a Dramaturge was put to good use in passing-on solid, technical information on Playwriting, together with “tricks-of-the trade” and some of her own powerful, inspirational writing.”

Nick Lutwyche has nearly 50 years of experience in military aviation engineering and operations,with 25 of those years in Royal Navy aviation including active service. He has had long time involvement in Community Theatre in the UK and the USA, which has helped preserve his sanity. His roles in many venues include  Actor/Back Stage/Front-of-House/Scenery/Construction/Trash-hauling/Lighting. One day he will write that play…

“I had the pleasure of taking Anne Hamilton’s screenwriting workshop at the Philadelphia Writers Conference. Ms. Hamilton offered a wonderful overview of techniques, examples of works and priceless information for breaking into the business. To be honest, I was on the fence as to whether or not I wanted to pursue screenwriting. However, Ms. Hamilton was so encouraging and inspiring that I applied to MFA programs that same day! Her workshop was truly an invaluable experience and easily my favorite of the three day conference.”

Porsha Addison, Aspiring Screenwriter/MFA Student

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Hamilton Dramaturgy Press Releases Two New Titles

Hamilton Dramaturgy Press has published two anthologies of plays and poetry. ANOTHER WHITE SHIRT And Other Plays and Poetry is a collection written in 2009. THE STACY PLAY – A LOVE SONG – VOLUME I was written in 2010. I had written such a large number of plays, short plays, monologues, clown plays and poetry, that I decided to publish it as a celebration of my twentieth year working as a dramaturg. The anthologies are available through www.lulu.com as paperbacks and Ebooks. I plan to publish one volume of my writing each year as a record of my literary muse.

The great American actress Kathleen Chalfant starred as my character Stacy Lee Madison in a production of AND THEN I WENT INSIDE in 2009. She encouraged me to expand the play, and so I turned it into the full-length THE STACY PLAY – A LOVE SONG – VOLUME I. It has been read and developed in many venues in New York City and Philadelphia.

In addition, I wrote almost twenty short plays and monologues in the last half of 2010, featuring such characters as a 9-point buck  (HEARTSHOT), an aid worker in Darfur (THE ONE), an animal shelter worker with a very long last name (THE HYPHENATA), and a transgendering youth who insists on creating his own identity (PRONOUNS). I also wrote five plays for clowns, four of them starring females.

I hope that you’ll enjoy these editions. Happy reading!



ScriptForward! #22 – A Specialty Newsletter for Scriptwriting Professionals

Greetings!

Click here to read Hamilton Dramaturgy’s ScriptForward! #22

Welcome to the June issue of ScriptForward!, a specialty E-newsletter prepared for professional and aspiring scriptwriters by Hamilton Dramaturgy. With nineteen years of experience in New York, across the nation, and internationally, I offer this newsletter as a means of support and information to the worldwide scriptwriting community.

This month’s features:
Two of my plays and a poem have been selected for the juried exhibition TRANSITIONS at Pen and Brush, Inc. in NYC. ANOTHER WHITE SHIRT (play), THE STACY PLAY – A LOVE SONG – VOLUME I (play) and GONDOLIER (poem) are appearing in the virtual exhibit at http://www.penandbrush.org through September 3rd.

Anne Hamilton Reads a Monologue from ANOTHER WHITE SHIRT

Ludovica Villar-Hauser, a director/dramaturg, writes an article about Works by Women, a new theatre-going advocacy group she created in New York City.

My audio podcast series TheatreNow!, an oral history of leading American female theatre artists, is available at
https://hamiltondramaturgy.wordpress.com. Guests include: Quiara Alegria Hudes, Ruth Margraff, Kristin Marting, Catherine Filloux, Yvette Heyliger and Yvonne Heyliger, Valentina Fratti, and Claire Lautier.

My Burning An[swer] segment features advice on how a college student can train to become a dramaturg.

My “Recent Successes” section features many new collaborations!- Tina Andrews, George Marcy, Bob Goldstone, and Warren Bodow.

I hope that this issue of ScriptForward! will be useful to you and I welcome your feedback



Anne’s Plays and Poetry Win a Place in TRANSITIONS, Pen and Brush’s Juried Exhibition

ANNE READS EXCERPTS FROM HER WINNING PLAYS ON JUNE 9TH AT PEN AND BRUSH

Click into the Virtual Exhibit here: http://www.penandbrush.org.

Anne Hamilton’s plays and poetry have been selected for the juried exhibition TRANSITIONS at Pen and Brush, Inc. in NYC. ANOTHER WHITE SHIRT (play), THE STACY PLAY – A LOVE SONG – VOLUME I (play) and GONDOLIER (poem) will appear in the Virtual Event at www.penandbrush.org from June 3rd through August 31st.

The exhibition had its real-time opening at the Pen and Brush studios on June 3rd between 6pm and 9pm at 16 East 10th Street near Washington Square Park in New York City. Anne read SHARON’s first monologue from ANOTHER WHITE SHIRT and STACY’s last monologue from THE STACY PLAY. She also read colleague Leah Kornfeld Friedman’s play I STOOD WITH MY SATCHEL. A previous Pen and Brush award-winner, Leah had a prior engagement and could not attend the opening.

AND THEN I WENT INSIDE starred Kathleen Chalfant at the Cherry Lane Theatre (NYC) in November, 2009. With Kathy’s encouragement, and with her voice in mind, Anne expanded the play into THE STACY PLAY – A LOVE SONG. In March, Anne performed AND THEN I WENT INSIDE (PART II of THE STACY PLAY) in Philadelphia at the Green Light Arts debut event, and read YOU ARE HERE – PART I, with Christopher Gliege as Jonathan, at the Hibernating Rattlesnakes event at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe.



Healing Through the Arts – Maintaining Emotional Fluency Through Artistic Expression

The Open to Hope Foundation website has featured my article, “Maintaining Emotional Fluency Through Artistic Expression”.

It can be found at:

http://opentohope.com/dealing-with-loss/death-of-a-friend/maintaining-emotional-fluency-through-artistic-expression/

Last year, when the 30th anniversary of Curtis’ death was coming up, I set out on a journey of healing…one of the results has been my play AND THEN I WENT INSIDE. The first line came from a realization I had after I gave an interview on the “Healing The Grieving Heart” radio program.



Hamilton Dramaturgy’s ScriptForward! #19

Greetings!
Welcome to the November issue of ScriptForward!, a specialty E-newsletter prepared for professional and aspiring scriptwriters by Hamilton Dramaturgy. With eighteen years of experience in New York, across the nation, and internationally, I offer this newsletter as a means of support and information to the worldwide scriptwriting  community.
The big news is that Kathleen Chalfant will perform my one-woman play AND THEN I WENT INSIDE on November 9th at the Cherry Lane Theatre in Manhattan. This issue’s related feature article is, “From Dramaturg to Playwright in Thirty Short Years”.

Hamilton Dramaturgy’s ScriptForward! #19