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)

 



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In Memory of Leslie Lee

I lost a great friend when Leslie Lee passed away on Monday. We worked together for many years. I am too sad for words. Blessed be, Leslie.

http://www.necinc.org/

Leslie Lee

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/23/theater/leslie-lee-playwright-of-black-life-dies-at-83.html?_r=0



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.



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.



FEED Announced for MARIE ANTOINETTE

SoHo Rep in NYC has announced its fifth season of FEED, an outstanding series of educational and cultural events, in conjunction with its upcoming production of David Adjmi’s MARIE ANTOINETTE. Under the direction of Literary & Humanities Manager Raphael Martin, the series offers, “thematic live events, multimedia and publications that give you something to chew on before and after the show.” I feel that this is an exemplary series, and a terrific example for other dramaturgs to follow. Martin will lead a creative team talk with Adjmi and the director Rebecca Taichman directly after the performance on October 15th.

Other events include: A private tour of the ‘Artists and Amateurs’ at The Met Museum; a one-woman play called THE LETTERS OF MARIE ANTOINETTE at the French Institute -Alliance Francais; a discussion between Todd London, Marcus Gardley and Emily entitled, “What is a History Play?”; a writing workshop by Adjmi on “How to Grow a New Play”; and a lecture on French interior design by NYU’s Professor of Art History Meredith Martin.

MARIE ANTOINETTE: CREATIVE TEAM TALK

October 15, 2013
Begins directly after the production. Free.

David Adjmi and Rebecca Taichman

Director Rebecca Taichman and playwright David Adjmi

Join playwright David Adjmi and director Rebecca Taichman as they speak about this new production of MARIE ANTOINETTE. What have they learned from working on the play in three very different settings? What has the job of re-envisioning been like for them? What is the history of their collaboration? In conversation with Literary & Humanities Manager Raphael Martin.