Anne Hamilton/Hamilton Dramaturgy


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.

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New York Times Review of LIKE POETRY

Anita Gates wrote a wonderful review of LIKE POETRY in The New York Times on August 15th. Read the review here: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/15/new-york-fringe-festival-report-like-poetry/?_r=1

Congratulations, playwright Kristian O’Hare, and the whole production team. I dramaturged the play in its pre-production stage in May, 2013.

Excerpt: “This highly promising production, which concluded its run on Wednesday night, is beautifully structured, with an impressive blend of poignancy and humor, nicely distinct performances, and respectfully playful direction by Audrey Alford.”



LONG DISTANCE AFFAIR

Here’s a listing for a digital, interactive, international event produced in the Rough Draft Fest at LaGuardia College in New York City.

http://laguardia.edu/LPAC/Rough-Draft-Fest/

Fri, April 12 @ 2-4*pm; 6:45-8:45*pm • Mainstage Theater

Long Distance Affair (make possible an impossible trip) by Tamilla Woodard and Ana Margineanu of PopUp Theatrics

When theatre meets technology possibilities become endless. In Long Distance Affair, someone across the globe is reaching out exclusively to you. What will be the result when you and a perfect stranger meet with only a computer screen between you? Artists from 5 continents have united to create a virtual adventure just for you. In Long Distance Affair, each audience member experiences 3 “affairs” with actors in different countries performing from the intimacy of their homes. Make a connection with someone far away who might be closer than you think. For full international cast and production credits click here.
*Every half an hour a group of 3 will be admitted to the theater.