Anne Hamilton/Hamilton Dramaturgy

Anne’s ROYAL/EGG a Finalist in Red Bull Theater Competition

My ten-minute play ROYAL/EGG was a finalist in Red Bull Theater’s New Short Play Competition. Red Bull Theater is a New York-based theater company specializing in plays of heightened language, with a unique focus on the Jacobean plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. I am very honored to have advanced to the finals. My play features five princesses including Elizabeth I and Marie Antoinette and explodes the myth of a “happily ever after” life when a princess comes of age. It’s a great vehicle for two actresses.

ROYAL/EGG is published by Hamilton Dramaturgy Press in THE STACY PLAY – A LOVE SONG – VOLUME I And Other Plays and Poetry, available in paperback and ebook through

Hamilton Dramaturgy Press Releases Two New Titles

Hamilton Dramaturgy Press has published two anthologies of plays and poetry. ANOTHER WHITE SHIRT And Other Plays and Poetry is a collection written in 2009. THE STACY PLAY – A LOVE SONG – VOLUME I was written in 2010. I had written such a large number of plays, short plays, monologues, clown plays and poetry, that I decided to publish it as a celebration of my twentieth year working as a dramaturg. The anthologies are available through as paperbacks and Ebooks. I plan to publish one volume of my writing each year as a record of my literary muse.

The great American actress Kathleen Chalfant starred as my character Stacy Lee Madison in a production of AND THEN I WENT INSIDE in 2009. She encouraged me to expand the play, and so I turned it into the full-length THE STACY PLAY – A LOVE SONG – VOLUME I. It has been read and developed in many venues in New York City and Philadelphia.

In addition, I wrote almost twenty short plays and monologues in the last half of 2010, featuring such characters as a 9-point buck  (HEARTSHOT), an aid worker in Darfur (THE ONE), an animal shelter worker with a very long last name (THE HYPHENATA), and a transgendering youth who insists on creating his own identity (PRONOUNS). I also wrote five plays for clowns, four of them starring females.

I hope that you’ll enjoy these editions. Happy reading!

HamiltonLit A Fire in 2010

New! Playwrighting Awards, Guest Appearances, and TheatreNow!

Click Anne Hamilton’s 2010 Accomplishments for a list of successes.

Anne M. Hamilton,  Hamilton Dramaturgy

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Anne HamiltonLit Another Fire in 2010

New! Playwrighting Successes, Guest Appearances, and TheatreNow!


I visited London in January on a League of Professional Theatre Women trip, meeting with UK theatre practitioners and seeing shows. I also spent two days in Oxford, visiting St. Catherine’s College where I studied the philosophy of aesthetics as an undergraduate. I was honored to meet with Roger Ainsworth, Master of St. Catherine’s, as well as some faculty members at New College.

I served as the Co-Secretary of the League of Professional Theatre Women until June, when I resigned to devote more time to TheatreNow! and my own writing. I continued to serve on the Mentoring Committee.

NO PASSPORT accepted me as a member. I read my new short plays MARIA, THE DAY AFTER and THE LAST STONE – OR, THE ADULTERESS SPEAKS FOR HERSELF and the poem, “Haiti Calling” at the Hibernating Rattlesnakes event at the Nuyorican Poets Café  in New York City.

Hamilton Dramaturgy’sTheatreNow! Podcast Series – Season One continued. Interviews included: Quiara Alegria Hudes (Inaugural Podcast), Claire Lautier, Ruth Margraff, Kristin Marting, Valentina Fratti, Catherine Filloux, Yvette Heyliger and Yvonne Farrow.

My profile of Susan Atkinson and the Bristol Riverside Theatre was published in the “Page & Stage” column I co-author in the Bucks County Women’s Journal


I dramaturged a marvelously imaginative hybrid visual theatre piece. The author is a visual artist and I enjoyed helping her to develop her storyline further, scene by scene, and storyboard by storyboard. The playwright’s name is being kept confidential by request.

On March 15th, I read from my full-length work THE STACY PLAY – A LOVE POEM at the Hibernating Rattlesnakes event at the Nuyorican.


“Playwrighting – A Life-Changing Journey” was published in my Page & Stage column. I revealed the process of developing my play AND THEN I WENT INSIDE with Kathleen Chalfant in the starring role.

I visited Gettysburg College to watch THE WINTER’S TALE and write a review of the production’s direction for the Provost’s Office.

I provided an bibliographical spreadsheet of dramaturgy books to a former professor.

I attended a Columbia University Career Development Office event at Low Library as an alumna representing the arts and media sector, and offered guidance to Columbia students.

I portrayed Stacy Lee Madison in AND THEN I WENT INSIDE on March 26th, 27th and 28th at the Green Light Arts debut event at the Shubin Theatre in Philadelphia.

I dramaturged a horror/comedy called ZOMBIE BUNNIES by Alexander Speer.


I had the privilege of sending a stunning new play to all my contacts across the country and abroad. THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH – PART TWO, THE SEED OF BANQUO is a new blank verse drama by Noah Lukeman. It is bloody, fierce, and engaging. He directed a staged reading of the piece on April 22nd at the Cherry Lane Theatre in NYC.
On April 25th I read a monologue from ANOTHER WHITE SHIRT, my Chamber Play with Dance, Video, Puppets and Original Music, at the Hibernating Rattlesnakes event at the Nuyorican.
My profile of Quiara Alegría Hudes, the Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright, and bookwriter for IN THE HEIGHTS appeared in three parts between April and September.

I dramaturged a trilogy on spiritual and cultural themes which has been performed in several countries. The playwright’s name is being kept confidential by request.


I dramaturged a new script named CHARLOTTE SOPHIA by Tina Andrews, NAACP Image award for the CBS miniseries “Sally Hemings, An American Scandal”.

I provided dramaturgical and literary management advice to Carolyn Balducci (librettist) and Mira Spektor (composer) for their new chamber opera GIOVANNI THE FEARLESS.

My article, “Maintaining Emotional Fluency through Artistic Expression” appeared on the Open to Hope Foundation’s website on May 29th. It includes an excerpt from AND THEN I WENT INSIDE.

I served as literary manager for BEHOLD by Tom Cavanaugh. It was requested and read by several prominent theatres nationwide.


My plays ANOTHER WHITE SHIRT and THE STACY PLAY – A LOVE SONG – VOLUME I and poem “Gondolier” won places in TRANSITIONS, an international, juried exhibit at Pen and Brush, one of the oldest and most prestigious women’s arts collectives in the US. The exhibit appeared online from June 3rd through September 3rd. I read RED RIBBON TIE, a monologue from ANOTHER WHITE SHIRT, and a monologue from PART III – CODE OF LIFE from THE STACY PLAY at the exhibit’s opening on June 3rd.


Tom Cavanaugh, a long-time client, was given a staged reading of his play BEHOLD at the Utah Shakespearean Festival this summer. The drama, about a family’s disintegration after its son/brother was killed in a Columbine-type school shooting. Its plot hinges upon the very topical subject of peer bullying and violence.

Season One of TheatreNow! completed with a profile of collaborators Yvette Heyliger and Yvonne Farrow, who are also twins.

The Open to Hope Foundation published four of my articles on Healing Through the Arts on its website The series revealed my healing journeys as a writer. “Writing Poetry Helps Thirty Years After Friend’s Death”, published on July 24th, reveals how I discovered my internal soul-shift while writing the poem “Summer Storm”. “Script-writing Helps Her Understand Meaning of Loss”, published on July 28th, includes an excerpt from PART VIII – AND HERE WE ARE from THE STACY PLAY. Finally, “Revisiting Loss 30 Years Later ‘Refreshing,” published on July 30th, includes the new poem, “Room.”

L.A. Theatre Works rebroadcast GOING TO ST. IVES in its Radio Theatre Series on July 24th. I was featured in a web bonus segment speaking about the topic of Mothers and Sons in ST. IVES, OEDIPUS REX, THE GLASS MENAGERIE, and ALL MY SONS. The segment appeared online in July and August.


I was invited to conduct a workshop on playwrighting and screenwriting at the Philadelphia Writers Conference from June 3-5, 2011.

I enjoyed working as a copywriter for the Found Animals website. I reviewed several areas of the site and wrote basic informational copy for this animal welfare organization.

THE STACY PLAY – A LOVE POEM – VOLUME I   placed in the top 100 entries in the Stage Play category of the 79th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. The play was listed in the December issue of the magazine.

Carrie Robbins’ THE DEATH & LIFE OF DR. CUTTER, which I dramaturged through several incarnations, was read at the Abingdon Theatre.


Broadway legend George Marcy performed his musical play THE BALLAD OF GEORGIE PORGIE (co-written with Bob Goldstone, who also serves as Musical Director) on September 12th at Don’t Tell Mama in NYC. Here are his comments: “Anne Hamilton, with her insight, creativity and knowledge, is responsible for guiding THE BALLAD OF GEORGIE PORGIE to where it is today.” Bravo, George!

Warren Bodow presented a very well-received staged reading at the Abingdon Theatre on September 29th. I served as dramaturg during the development of the play, and then as its literary management representative. Several prominent theatres nationwide requested and read the five-character drama. In April, 2011 enjoyed a full production at the Beowulf Alley Theatre in Tucson, Arizona. Tagline: Do you have to lie to make an honest buck?

Cheryl L. Davis’ SWIMMING UPTOWN, which I dramaturged during development, was also presented in the Abingdon Theatre’s 2010-2011 Staged Reading Series.

I read and evaluated three scripts for Native Voices at the Autry, a play development and production organization in Los Angeles.

I dramaturged a family history by Bob Fumo. I designed and published it for Bob through as THE FUMO/SUOZZO ANCESTRY BOOK.


My play THE DELIVERY appeared in the 2010 Emerging Female Voices Festival on October. This festival featured 21 original works and was produced by the Manhattan Shakespeare Project. My short comedy features a subway car, a maternity ward, and one determined little girl.

On October 19th, NO PASSPORT Theatre Alliance & Press and INTAR presented HIBERNATING RATTLESNAKES: DEMONIOS – An Evening of Demons, Chupacabras . . . and things that go HISS in the night. I read my play THE BREAD OF FORGETFULNESS. Description: A bakery, a Memory Haunting and a writer’s imagination collide over a Pan De Muerto on the Day of the Dead.

The Bucks County Women’s Journal published my article, “Advocacy for Women Playwrights” in my Page & Stage column.


I traveled to the Boston Conservatory of Music to attend a staged reading of the new musical FROM TIME TO TIMBUKTU, with libretto and lyrics by my long-time client Andrew Barrett, and music by Ira Antelis. I provided dramaturgical feedback on this marvelous new musical.

I advised an internationally-known playwright on her application to a leading residency program in Europe this winter. Although she did not receive the fellowship, together we created materials which she will be able to use to apply for other residencies and grants while trying to get support for a new epic play she is writing.

 I dramaturged the musical A SOLDIER’S SONG by James and Joanne Cohen.

 I visited Gettysburg College to watch MY FAIR LADY and write a review of the production’s direction for the Provost’s Office.


Season Two of Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! launched with an interview with Kamilah Forbes, the Artistic Director of the Hip Hop Theatre Festival. Kamilah speaks about her early artistic influences, her professional training, and her process curating the festival.

In preparation for publication, I edited a set of plays by Yvette Heyliger. Her drama WWJD? had a sold-out run at the Billie Holliday Theatre in Brooklyn in December.

Tom Cavanaugh’s DUNG BEETLE is about an agoraphobic scientist.  I dramaturged this play as well as some others by this prolific playwright and screenwriter.

I had the privilege of appearing as a theatrical expert in association with another L.A. Theatre Works NPR broadcast. I spoke on the topic of “Dueling Families” in a web bonus segment which appeared online in December and January. It was in connection with the broadcast of THE LION IN WINTER, starring Kathleen Chalfant and Alfred Molina. I commented on family conflicts in HENRY IV – Parts I and II, MAJOR BARBARA, and CRIMES OF THE HEART.

FROM POINT A TO POINT B was read by Ephraim Lopez at the NO PASSPORT/Hibernating Rattle-snakes/INTAR event in NYC on December 13th.

THE STACY PLAY was developed at Julia’s Reading Room at the home of Julia Miles on December 14th. I directed the reading and read the role of Stacy. Christopher Gliege read the role of Jonathan and Haley Ward read the stage directions. The event was sponsored by the League of Professional Theatre Women.

Selected Dramaturgy client list: Lynn Nottage (Playwright), Michael Mayer (Director), Andrei Serban (Director), Judd Ne’eman (Screenwriter/Filmmaker), Deborah Gregory (Author), Niegel Smith (Director), Noah Lukeman (Author), Classic Stage Company, The Directors Company/The Harold Prince Musical Theatre Institute, The Joseph Papp Public Theater.

Anne Wins Place in Writer’s Digest Stage Play Competition
December 11, 2010, 12:00 am
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Here’s the news from WRITER’S DIGEST magazine
79th Annual Writing Competition Winners – Stage Play Script

Announcing the Stage Play Script winners of the 79th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition

Stage Play Script Winners

Joanne de Simone
Bay Shore NY

…73.   Anne Hamilton, Quakertown, PA

THE STACY PLAY – A LOVE SONG – VOLUME I placed within the top 100 of over 1,000 entries.

Anne Speaks at Adult Learning Center/DelVal College

On November 16th, Anne gave a lecture on screenwriting, dramaturgy and literary management at the Adult Learning Center of Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, PA.

She was invited by Helen Wolf, who introduced her to the thirty or so senior citizens gathered for the event.

Anne shared dvds and books of plays which she worked on with various playwrights and filmmakers, such as:  Lynn Nottage (2009 Pulitzer Prize winner for RUINED. Anne dramaturged LAS MENINAS); Leslie Lee (SUNDOWN NAMES AND NIGHTGONE THINGS, Theodore Ward Prize for Best African-American play); Noah Lukeman (Anne spearheaded an international campaign to find a producer for his THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH PART TWO -THE SEED OF BANQUO); MARBLE MOUNTAIN (Anne dramaturged the screenplay STONE DANCER, based on Wayne Karlin’s novel); and AboutFace (Anne helped screenwriter/director Enrique Menendez turn his poem TRIGGER into the text for the film, which was screened on World AIDS Day in NYC on December 1, 2007).

She also described her work as a columnist on Healing through the Arts for the Open to Hope Foundation, and shared her process for developing THE STACY PLAY – A LOVE SONG – VOLUME I, which appeared in TRANSITIONS, an international juried Virtual Exhibit created by Pen and Brush (NYC).

THE STACY PLAY places in the top 100 – Writer’s Digest Writing Competition
October 17, 2010, 12:00 pm
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Writer’s Digest has just sent notification that THE STACY PLAY – A LOVE POEM – VOLUME I has placed in the top 100 entries in the Stage Play category of its 79th Annual Writing Competition. The play will be listed in the December 2010 issue of the magazine.

THE STACY PLAY to Appear in Julia’s Reading Room December 14th

On December 14th, I will direct a reading of my play THE STACY PLAY – A LOVE SONG – VOLUME I at Julia’s Reading Room in NYC. Held at the home of legendary producer Julia Miles, JRR is a program of the League of Professional Theatre Women. As a special treat, I will also direct and present a performance of my clown play BOUDOIR BENCH, which introduces a new archetype: the beautiful female clown. Please email me for more details at

THE STACY PLAY was originally written as a one-act named AND THEN I WENT INSIDE. Kathleen Chalfant premiered the role of Stacy at the LPTW’s New Play Festival last November. THE STACY PLAY appeared last summer in TRANSITIONS, a juried Virtual Exhibition created by Pen and Brush, the legendary New York City women’s art collective. I have read scenes from the play at Pen and Brush and the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe. It recently placed in the top 100 entries for the Stage Play category of the 79th Writer’s Digest competition.