Anne Hamilton/Hamilton Dramaturgy


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.



Anne Hamilton Resigns from America-In-Play

Regretfully, due to many uncertainties regarding the projects I would be involved in, as well as my current growing professional commitments and obligations, I have turned in my resignation as Senior Dramaturg of America-in-Play.  I am sending many good wishes to the company in all of its endeavors.



PUMPED – A new musical in NYC

PUMPED will hold two invitation-only readings directed by Evan Pappas this week in New York City. I’ve been working as a dramaturg for the creative team for a couple of months, and have enjoyed every minute of it. Congratulations!

Read about it here on playbill.com:

http://www.playbill.com/news/article/182223-Autumn-Hurlbert-Luba-Mason-AJ-Shively-and-Lenny-Wolpe-Set-for-Reading-of-New-Musical-Pumped



BCWJ Article – TACT’s Salon Series in NYC

TACT’S Salon Series in New York City

By Anne M. Hamilton, MFA

According to its mission, The Actors Company Theatre is, “dedicated to presenting neglected or rarely produced plays of literary merit, with a focus on creating theatre from its essence: the text and the actor’s ability to bring it to life”.  Last season, the Wall Street Journal named TACT “Company of the Year”. With mainstage productions held at the Beckett Theatre on Theatre Row, the ensemble also presents a more intimate Salon Series in the Flatiron District. This year TACT will present four mid-twentieth-century plays by female theatre artists.

Ruth Gordon was an American actress and writer who played many roles on Broadway from 1916 to 1976, including Nora in A Doll’s House, Mrs. Kitty Warren in Mrs. Warren’s Profession, and Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi in The Matchmaker. In A Very Rich Woman (based on a play by Phillipe Heriat), a rich Boston widow fights her daughters’ efforts to declare her incompetent in order to gain access to her money.

Alice Childress performed with the American Negro Theatre and premiered on Broadway with the ANT’s hugely successful Anna Lucasta. Later, she became one of the first African-American women to have work professionally produced on the New York stage.In the groundbreaking backstage satire Trouble in Mind (1955), a talented African-American actress finally has the chance to play a lead role on the Great White Way, but only if she’s willing to compromise her principles.

In Toys in the Attic, Lillian Hellman portrays a single day in the life of a New Orleans family, when a prodigal brother returns home to his middle-aged sisters with an overnight fortune in his pocket. The drama opened on Broadway in 1960 starring Jason Robards, Jr., Maureen Stapleton and Irene Worth, and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play.

Finally, in Agatha Christie’s The Hollow, a family gathering in an English country home leads to murder. This beloved mystery author’s play The Mousetrap has been running continuously in the West End since 1952. The Hollow, based on her novel of the same name from 1946, premiered in 1951 in Cambridge.

Anne Hamilton has 22 years of experience as an 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.

Download the article here: BCWJ Article on TACT’s SALON SERIES IN NEW YORK CITY by Anne Hamilton

 



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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SPARKS in NYC

THE NARRATING SCENE. READINGS FROM ITALIAN STORYTELLING THEATER

 SCINTILLE / SPARKS by Laura Sicignano

Author reading & discussion “Meet the Author” / Lettura e discussione con l’autrice

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2013 / Hours: 6:00 pm / Venue: Italian Cultural Institute of New York / Organized by: ICI

In collaboration with: Regione Liguria and Comune di Genova

RSVP / prenota http://www.iicnewyork.esteri.it/IIC_NewYork/webform/SchedaEvento.aspx?id=679&citta=NewYork

SCINTILLE / SPARKS a play by Laura Sicignano, translation by Maggie Rose, with thanks to Anna Jardine

New York, 25 March 1911, 4.40 pm: in fifteen minutes workers at the T.S.C.  (Triangle Shirtwaist Company) , a blouse  factory, will be finishing their shift. There are almost six hundred people, mostly young women immigrants from Italy and Eastern Europe, many Jewish girls, all exploited and underpaid.

A spark, just one spark and suddenly the factory skyscraper  is up in flames. In the building there is no fire alarm.  Since all doors are locked and the goods lift has broken down due to overweight, there is little chance of escape.

In 18 minutes 146 people died, mostly young women.

The T.S.C. owners were let off, even if they had failed to respect basic security measures.

The episode became one of the historical events related to International Women’s Day.

Many other stories are connected with the March 8th celebrations, but there is no other event in women’s history that so significantly underlines this turning point.

At the same time the story is hardly remembered.

SCINTILLE \SPARKS is about current, important issues: health and safety measures at work,  discrimination of migrants in the USA, the first examples of Trade Union Organizations, the memory of women who made History , the hopes of migrants from every age and from all over the world, women’s liberation.

A Note from Curator Dina Del Monte: In the narrative theatre, the fundamental point of stage language is the body and voice of the actor. Because of this, the performer is able to evoke visions that capture and involve the imagination of the spectator. Still little known outside the European context, the narrative theatre is one of the most interesting artistic movements and one of the most vital to world of contemporary Italian theatre. Because of this, the Italian Cultural Institute wishes to bring to New York a selection of works that will be shown in their original version with English subtitles. They are brought directly from their authors – who are often the main interpreters. The wealth and the cleanliness of the utilized language also make these three meetings a particularly interesting opportunity to practice and improve the awareness of our language.

Laura Sicignano Graduated in Theatre History at the University in Milano and is a freelance journalist for specialized magazines related to theatre. She collaborated with the Theatre Agency QP. She has been production’s assistant for Santagata and Morganti, Elio De Capitani Teatro dell’Elfo; Federico Tiezzi – Magazzini; Tonino Conte Teatro della Tosse. She has been working for many years at Teatro Stabile in Genova, in the areas of Marketing, Public Relations and Cultural Activities. She is one of the founders of TEATRO CARGO and at present she manages the company. She is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Museo Biblioteca dell’Attore. She collaborates with Editor Laterza for a series of conference related to the History of Genova.



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.