Anne Hamilton/Hamilton Dramaturgy


Dramaturgy Companion Book Launch January 21st in NYC

On January 21st, I will speak on a panel for a book launch to be held at my alma mater, Columbia University School of the Arts. Please join us!

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HOMEBODIES in Queens, NY April 12th

The New American Voices Festival

@ Queens Theatre

Presents a reading of

Homebodies
Saturday, April 12 – 8pm, in the Studio Theatre
written by Maria Alexandria Beech
Directed by Michelle Bossy

Featuring Olivia Negron*, Claudia Acosta, Cathy Curtain*, Rock Kohli* and Chris Henry Coffee*

A freelance writer and her mother live a quiet and secluded life in New York, except when a frozen chicken and other objects crash on the floor. That’s when a mysterious couple who moved in below knocks on the door. A funny and tender play about life choices and cultural assumptions, with a fascinating group of characters including an ex-lover, an Indian salesman, and a newborn baby.

*member, AEA

To rsvp: http://queenstheatre.org/2013-14-NAV-free-play-reading-series

The Playwright:

Maria Alexandria Beech’s play Infinity Pond, commissioned by Primary Stages and Aspen Theater Masters, was selected for the new Palm Beach Theater Festival. Alex is commissioned to write a play for Teatro Luna in Chicago in 2014, the first play in its Five in Five Series by women playwrights. Her play, Breaking Walls, was produced at The Cherry Lane Theater. Her play, Little Monsters, was produced by Primary Stages and Brandeis Theater Company. Her translation of Eduardo Machado’s The Cook was produced by Stages Theater. Her musical CLASS, with composer Karl Michael Johnson, will be workshopped in Michigan in the summer. Since 2006, Alex has been a member of The Dorothy Strelsin  New American Writers Group at Primary Stages (where she wrote ClassCharity, BondsLittle Monsters, Homebodies, and currently, ISLANDS). She’s also an alum of the Hispanic Playwrights Lab at Intar (Gloria).

Alex earned a BA (cum laude) and Masters in Fine Arts in Playwriting from Columbia University, and a Masters in Fine Arts in Musical Theater Writing from New York University. Her awards include The Aspen Theatre Master’s Visionary Award (2009), and Outstanding New Script Award at the Planet Connections Theater Festivity for What Are You Doing Here(2011). Alex is a member of the Dramatists Guild in New York.

Director:
Michelle Bossy is a New York based director and producer dedicated to bringing new plays to the stage.  She is the Associate Artistic Director of Primary Stages, where she produces new American plays, and where she has also served as Assistant Director, Company Manager, and Artistic Associate. She produced the World Premiere of Dread Awakening and directed and produced the premieres of Un Plugged In (by Brian Pracht); South Beach Rapture (by David Caudle); and Sarajevo’s Child; Cumberland; Low Brow; and Missing Mike Vitelle. Recently, she directed the world premiere of Little Monsters by Maria Alexandria Beech at the Brandeis Theater Company, and High School Confidential for Primary Stages.  She directed developmental readings of Eat Your Heart Out by Courtney Baron (Perry Mansfield New Works Festival), Bicycle Girl by Rogelio Martinez (Repertory Theater of St. Louis), Gloria by Maria Alexandria Beech (EST), Mercy by Adam Szymkowicz, and May Day by Molly Smith Metzler, among many others.  Michelle is the Director of the Dorothy StrelsinNew American Writers Group, where she has worked with over twenty emerging writers. Michelle holds the first undergraduate directing degree from Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts. She is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Plum Theatre Company. She teaches acting and playwriting for the Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) and directing for Syracuse University. Member: Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and the League of Professional Theatre Women.

 

 



Hamilton Dramaturgy Intensive in NYC October 19-20

(Please note: The intensive has been postponed. If you would like to be placed on our mailing list, please send an email to hamiltondramaturgyintensive@gmail.com)

 DRAMATURGY INTENSIVE – AN INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP

AUTHORS: WALTER BYONGSOK CHON AND ANNE HAMILTON

FOR ADVANCED UNDERGRADS, GRADUATE STUDENTS, AND THEATRE PROFESSIONALS

Saturday, October 19, 9am-5pm

Sunday, October 20, 10am – 5pm

a Studio in New York City, Location TBA

Features: 10 hours of instruction and exercises, discussion of 2 essays and 5 plays, and a maximum of 15 participants.

Cost: $350. Contact: Anne Hamilton at hamiltondramaturgyintensive@gmail.com

Register: Hamilton Dramaturgy Intensive Flier – October 19-20, 2013

Dramaturgy is a creative practice that, through critical thinking, enhances the breadth and depth of artistic imagination.  Dramaturgy is an integral process to the origination, development, production, and reception of plays and theatrical performances.”  – Walter Byongsok Chon

This workshop is designed to familiarize the participants with the term “dramaturgy,” to enhance their understanding and appreciation of dramaturgy as a practice and a profession, and to provide them with the essential tools to practice dramaturgy.   We will examine dramaturgy in its various functions and explore the role of the dramaturg in relation to the play text, the playwright, the artistic team, the theatre, the audience, and the community as a whole, both professional and public.  Through extended discussions and practical exercises, this workshop will help develop an understanding of dramaturgy as a process integral to the creation, development, production, and reception of plays and theatrical performances.

Syllabus: Introduction to Dramaturgy; How to Read a Play: Reading with a Dramaturgical Sensibility; Dramaturgy Practicum and Case Studies – Overview; Case Study I and II; Dramaturgy Practicum III and IV; Daring Dramaturgies in Practice and New Voices in American Theatre; Resources for Dramaturgs and Playwrights.

Anne Hamilton is the Founder of Hamilton Dramaturgy, an international consultancy based in New York City’s professional scene. With 22 years of experience, her clients have gone on to win the Pulitzer Prize, the MacArthur “Genius” Award, the Tony  Award, and a Royal Court International Residency. STAGE DIRECTIONS magazine named her a “trailblazer” in American dramaturgy. She holds an MFA in theatre criticism and dramaturgy from Columbia University of the Arts, and was a Bogliasco Foundation Fellow. She hosts and produces TheatreNow!, an oral history podcast series on female theatre artists.

Walter Byongsok Chon is a doctor of fine arts candidate at the Yale School of Drama, where he has served as a Dramaturg and the Artistic Coordinator at the Yale Repertory Theatre as well as several YSD and Yale Cabaret productions. He has developed new plays at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center and The Great Plains Theater Conference. His other specialties include translation (Serpent At My Thigh, Inching Towards Yeolha, from Korean into English; Charles Mee’s True Love from English to Korean), conference presentations (ATHE, PTRS), and publications of his articles in Praxis, Theater, The Korean National Theatre Magazine, and The Korean Theatre Review. Walter holds a BA in English from Sungkyunkwan University, an MA in theatre studies from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. He is an Associate Dramaturg at Hamilton Dramaturgy.

Many thanks to Dr. Cindy Melby Phaneuf, who commissioned Walter Byongsok Chon to create this Dramaturgy Intensive for its first presentation at the University of Nebraska Omaha in May, 2013.

Please send an email, and we will send more information.

Payment: $100 is due to register. The remaining $250 must be paid by October 11th, 2013, or the deposit will be forfeited

Payment must be made by PayPal. We will send PayPal invoices by email.

  • The Dramaturgy Intensive is available for two-day workshops at colleges and universities. Please send an inquiry.
  • If you are located somewhere else in the world and are interested in the Intensive, please send an email indicating your interest and we will attempt to create an online program.
  • We are able to present the Dramaturgy Intensive in additional American cities.

Download the Registration form here: Hamilton Dramaturgy Intensive Flier – October 19-20, 2013

PLEASE EMAIL THIS REGISTRATION FORM TO hamiltondramaturgyintensive@gmail.com

and you will receive an invoice by email.

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Anne Hamilton Joins America-in-Play Staff

America-In-Play

America-In-Play has expanded and reconfigured its artistic staff and happily welcomes two dramaturgs to our team. Joining as Senior Dramaturg is Anne Hamilton, a New York City-based freelance dramaturg and the Founder of Hamilton Dramaturgy. STAGE DIRECTIONS magazine named her a “trailblazer” in American dramaturgy, and AMERICAN THEATRE profiled her TheatreNow! podcast series.

Anne has worked 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, Warren Bodow, Tom Cavanaugh, The New York City Public Library’s Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop. She produces and hosts Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow!, which features some of the most important contemporary female theatre artists working in America. She holds an MFA in theatre criticism and dramaturgy from Columbia University.

Ms. Hamilton will work closely with Artistic Director Lynn Thomson and Associate Artistic Director Dominic Taylor and will be production dramaturg for next May’s presentation of A Time Traveler’s Trip to Niagara Falls.

AIP also welcomes Andy Buck as Dramaturg. Mr. Buck worked with AIP this past year, including serving as production dramaturg on Exodus Code, Advice for Wanderers. He has been an editor and writer for such publications as PLAYBI LL, STAGEBILL and IN THEATER.

Elizabeth Bojsza, who has served as staff dramaturg for two years, is now Lead Dramaturg for The Recovery Project and was this season recipient of a grant from Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America to help launch this initiative.

This expansion reflects the achievements of the company’s last season and speaks also to our ambitious coming year to include a new cohort of theatre artists for a three year residency. The ongoing efforts of The Recovery Project will culminate in readings of reconstructed lost plays and a full production of our newest devised play at The Hudson Guild Theatre In May 2014. For more information please visit our website at americainplay.org.



BCWJ Profile of Maria Alexandria Beech

Profile of Maria Alexandria Beech

By Anne M. Hamilton, MFA

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.

AH: Alex, I know that you hold an MFA from Columbia University. Now you have a second, this time from NYU.

MB: It’s in musical theatre writing. It is a true honor. One would think that writing a musical and writing a play are similar processes, but in fact they’re not. They each require their own craft and their own knowledge base.

AH: What is CLASS about?

MB:  It’s based on a play that I wrote in the writers group at Primary Stages, about a girl who is struggling with alcoholism and she signs up for a summer school class in New Orleans in 1987.  And so this girl walks into the situation, and the professor has recently learned that she doesn’t have much longer to live.

It was a real challenge to adapt as a musical, in the sense that it is very much a play as it exists. It was an homage not only to a professor that I had, who was dying of cancer and who had to face students who wanted to use her illness against her, but it was an homage to professors and teachers I had had growing up.
AH: Tell us about your reading at NYU.

One of the things that I learned is that musical theatre is still very much about that well-made musical, that traditional structure of the well-made musical, and the opening number and the closing number. One of my goals is to still honor that tradition, but kind of also do other things and explore more. [I’d like to] not look at the book or the dialogue just as a bridge between the songs. I think the songs could be little kind of poems that stand alone.

Anne Hamilton has 22 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 Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! launched with an interview with Kate Valk, a leading actress with The Wooster Group.

Download the article here: BCWJ Profile of Maria Alexandria Beech by Anne Hamilton



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.



TheatreNow! Podcast with Margo Jefferson

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 Margo Jefferson, Theatre and Cultural Critic

(Season 3, Episode 3, Recorded June 26, 2012)

Dowload the podcast here:

Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! Podcast with Margo Jefferson

Margo Jefferson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic who wrote about books, theatre, and the arts for The New York Times for 13 years. Her writing has also appeared in Bookforum, Salon, The Nation, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Vogue, and Newsweek, among other publications. Her book On Michael Jackson was published by Pantheon in 2005 and Vintage in 2006. And the essay she wrote on Michelle Obama, “Movin’ On Up”, was published in Best African American Essays: 2010. She also wrote and performed SIXTY MINUTES IN NEGROLAND at The Cherry Lane Theater and The Culture Project.

Download the transcript here:

Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! Interview with Margo Jefferson

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.