Anne Hamilton/Hamilton Dramaturgy


TheatreNow! Interview with Murielle Borst Tarrant

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

 Murielle Borst Tarrant

Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow!

Interview with Murielle Borst Tarrant

Playwright, Director and Producer

(Season 3, Episode 5, Recorded July 12, 2012)

Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! Interview with Murielle Borst Tarrant

 Anne Hamilton: Welcome to Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! This is a podcast series featuring some of the most exciting female artists working in the theatre today. I’m your host, Anne Hamilton. Today our guest is Murielle Borst Tarrant.

Murielle is a member of the Kuna and Rappahannock Nations. She is an author, playwright, director, producer, cultural artist, educator, and human rights activist. She comes from a long line of cultural activism with her family’s theater company, the world famous Spiderwoman Theater, located in New York City. For four years she served as the Special Assistant and liaison to Tonya Gonnella Frichner, the North American Regional representative to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Finally, she is the director of “Safe Harbors” Indigenous Arts/Theatre Collective at La Mama ETC.

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.

 



BCWJ Article – Preparing for Theatre Conferences

Here is my latest article for my Page & Stage column in the Bucks County Women’s Journal. You may download the article here: BCWJ Article – Preparing for Theatre Conferences by Anne Hamilton

Preparing for Theatre Conferences

By Anne M. Hamilton, MFA

Every year I attend the Great Plains Theatre Conference in Omaha, Nebraska. For a week, Metropolitan Community College hosts a multifaceted developmental program which includes productions, five MainStage readings, workshops, and more than twenty PlayLab readings.

The process starts when the conference puts out a call for play submissions in the fall. Plays come in from all over the world, are read and evaluated, and then the final plays are chosen. The process is similar for other play development conferences like Seven Devils, the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, and PlayPenn in Philadelphia.

When playwrights are looking to develop their work, they often send out their scripts to gain the widest range of experience. Having actors, directors and dramaturgs read the scripts in front of an audience allows the playwright to hear her work, and determine which areas are working, and which can be strengthened.

At Great Plains, a team of artists gathers for several rehearsals, and then presents the reading. A panel of professional playwrights, directors, educators and dramaturgs gives the playwright feedback, and then the playwright discusses the play with her assigned dramaturg. During the week, playwrights also take a variety of workshops, writing new work, and learning new approaches to creative inspiration.

As a Guest Artist, I really enjoy getting to know each new work, and then discussing the reading with its creator. Many scripts go on to great success with other festivals and conferences, as well as productions. It is a pleasure to continue a professional relationship with the playwrights, and to support them as they continue their submissions, and apply to professional training programs and graduate schools.

It is in every playwright’s best interest to actively research and submit to developmental workshops and conferences. The theatre starts with a rather level playing field in that every actor has to audition and learn to perform on stage, and every playwright has to submit and have her plays read and performed on stage. A conference can be a marvelous experience which pushes a writer’s career forward, and gives her a refreshing collaborative experience.

Anne Hamilton has 23 years of experience as a dramaturg. 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, The Wooster Group’s leading actress.

 

 



Demystifying Dramaturgy on Kanjy

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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)

 



BCWJ Article – Achieving Authenticity On Stage

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Download a copy of my last Bucks County Women’s Journal Page & Stage column here: BCWJ Article on Achieving Authenticity on Stage by Anne Hamilton

Achieving Authenticity on Stage

By Anne M. Hamilton, MFA

As a dramaturg, one of my tasks is to do research. Many times, a playwright will need to know specific facts about a time period or a place so that her work will be as authentic as possible. As a master of fine arts student at Columbia University School of the Arts, I was trained to gather, review and summarize materials in order to help playwrights and directors to portray authentic scenes on stage. Whether producing a classic play, or a new one, there is always an information-gathering process which contributes to the finished piece.

How do you go about searching for historical facts in a timely and effective way? When I was in grad school, we would have to visit libraries and special collections, but now the internet offers tremendous resources. The growing national trend for archiving materials online allows us greater access than ever before. And new media resources add to the richness of available materials.

Besides some standard resources, such as online newspapers, dictionaries and encyclopedias, I have some new favorites. For visual, cultural, and historical information, the Metropolitan Museum of Art launched a series called “82nd and Fifth” this year.

According to the museum’s website, “82nd & Fifth is the Met’s address in New York City. It is also the intersection of art and ideas. We’ve invited 100 curators from across the Museum to talk about 100 works of art that changed the way they see the world. Eleven Museum photographers interpret their vision: one work, one curator, two minutes at a time. 82nd & Fifth is a year-long series of 100 episodes.” This beautifully-produced series is a treasure trove of images with cultural contextualization.

Metmuseum.org also describes the Heilbrunn Timeline as an online publication which, “presents the Met’s collection via a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of global art history.” The timeline covers many millennia of artistic creations, which allows the researcher to easily find accurate information. Available online since 2000, it is searchable by works of art, timelines, and thematic essays, from 8,000 B.C. to the present.

The world is at our fingertips.

Anne Hamilton has 22 years of experience as a dramaturg. 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, The Wooster Group’s leading actress.

 

 



UNHEARD VOICES, A New Monologue Play with Music

http://www.americanslaveryproject.org/

One Performance Only!

With New Monologues about or in the Voices of Children

ASP commissioned African American writers to examine the 419 graves of the anonymous men, women and children who lived in colonial New York and are buried at the African Burial Ground.

The writers imagined their lives. These are their…Unheard Voices, a monologue play with music

Conceived by Judy Tate

Written by the ASP Writers’ Collective

Directed by Melissa Maxwell

Monday, October 21st, 7pm

170 Central Park West @ 77th St., NYC

Click Here for $10.00 Tickets

Free For Educators and Students!

RSVP to: schoolprograms@nyhistory.org or call (212) 485-9293

Featuring: Lynnette Freeman, Larry Floyd, Melissa Murray-Mutch, Devin Haqq

Original vocals by Aramide Ferguson and Percussion by Baba Don Eaton

Featuring writing by:Keith Josef Adkins, Dennis Allen II, Joshua Allen, Cassandra Medley, Dominique Morisseau,  Harrison Rivers, Judy Tate, Alexander Thomas and Cori Thomas

For more info visit the website: www.americanslaveryproject.org

The American Slavery Project is a fiscally-sponsored project of the Vera Institute of Justice.



Chon and Cammarata Join Hamilton Dramaturgy Staff

Hamilton Dramaturgy has expanded its staff by appointing Walter Byongsok Chon as Associate Dramaturg, and Cate Cammarata as Assistant Dramaturg. Both artists have made significant contributions to the company and its projects, performances and programming for the last two years, leading to their official appointment. Their contract is non-exclusive, and the dramaturgs will continue to develop their careers fully with many other organizations and artists. Hamilton Dramaturgy wiill be able to offer more expertise to serve all the needs of its growing client list. Welcome, Walter and Cate!

BIOS

Walter Byongsok Chon is a doctor of fine arts candidate at the Yale School of Drama, where he is writing his dissertation, “Behind Romantic Irony: How 18th-Century English Self-Reflective Satire Anticipated a New German Drama.” He received his MFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from Yale School of Drama, where he was production dramaturg on Yale Rep’s Rough Crossing and Eclipsed and several YSD and Yale Cabaret productions. His other accomplishments include new play development (Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, The Great Plains Theater Conference), translation (Serpent At My Thigh, Inching Towards Yeolha, from Korean into English; Charles Mee’s True Love from English to Korean), conference presentation (ATHE, PTRS), and publication of his articles in Praxis, Theater, The Korean National Theatre Magazine, and The Korean Theatre Review, among others. Walter holds a BA in English from Sungkyunkwan University, and an MA in theatre studies from Washington University in St. Louis. He recently served as Artistic Coordinator at the Yale Repertory Theatre.

Cate Cammarata is a Producer, Director and Dramaturg, and is also an Adjunct Professor at SUNY Stony Brook.  She is the Literary Manager for Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) and Jana Robbins Productions, and is in development with MY LIFE IS A MUSICAL as an Associate Producer.  Cate has previously worked with the HERE Arts Center, The Active Theater, Hamilton Dramaturgy, Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow!, Hughes/Moss Casting, Syracuse Stage, the Emelin Theater, and the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport, Long Island.  She holds a MFA in Dramaturgy from SUNY Stony Brook and a BFA in Acting/Directing from Syracuse University, and is a graduate of the Commercial Theater Institute.

Hamilton Dramaturgy is an international consultancy based in New York City. It was founded in 1991 by Anne Hamilton, who holds an MFA from Columbia University of the Arts. The company’s clients have gone on to win the Pulitzer Prize, the MacArthur “Genius” Award, the Tony ® Award, and a Royal Court International Residency. Selected client list: Andrei Serban, the Joseph Papp Public Theater, the Harold Prince Musical Theatre Institute, Michael Mayer, Lynn Nottage, and Classic Stage Company. Hamilton produces and hosts Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow!, a podcast series featuring some of the most important contemporary female theatre artists working in America. http://hamiltondramaturgystheatrenow.com, http://www.hamiltonlit.com, hamiltonlit@ hotmail.com.



New App Helps Actors Learn Lines

Here’s what’s new on the digital scene, straight from www.samuelfrench.com.

Samuel French has teamed up with MyTheaterApps.com, the developer of Scene Partner, an award-winning App that helps actors learn their lines using their own scripts or by choosing from a growing collection of Publisher e-Scripts—the authorized Acting Editions designed specifically for use with Scene Partner. The first wave of select Samuel French titles are available in the Scene Partner webstore for iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch). Apps for other Smartphones and Android devices coming soon. For more information, click HERE.

What is Scene Partner?:

Scene Partner is an app for Apple devices that allows actors to listen to their lines, their cues, or a whole scene to help them learn their lines faster. Actors can listen to a variety of prerecorded voices – available in different dialects as well – or they can record themselves and their cast mates! Each role can be isolated, so every actor can follow their track through the show or they can customize their track by making their own French Scene Breakdown. Everyone stays on the same page, with real time syncing of any cuts or edits to the script!