Anne Hamilton/Hamilton Dramaturgy


Today at 1pm – DON’T FEED THE INDIANS by Murielle Borst Tarrant

La MaMa Presents Urban Indigenous Arts & Culture Symposium

“Don’t Feed the Indians” –

A Divine Comedy Pageant

Friday November 14, 2014 at 1:00 PM

To see this performance Live on your computer

CLICK HERE: www.culturehub.org/live

Please stay tuned afterward with a discussion with the cast

Watch out when Indian show business meets the Doctrine of Discovery. A raucous play and political satire loosely based on Dante’s Inferno. A comedic look at the negative marginalization of Indigenous Peoples and the appropriation of Indigenous cultural and intellectual property. See what happens when the Indians push back.

Directed and written by:

Murielle Borst-Tarrant (Kuna/Rappahannock), Director “Safe Harbors”

Indigenous Arts/Theater Collective at La MaMa Theatre.

Cast:

Danielle Soames
(Mohawk Kahnawake)

Nic Billey
(Choctaw, Creek, Delaware)

Elizabeth Rolston
(Cherokee, Chippewa)

Murielle Borst-Tarrant
(Kuna Rappahanock)

Henu Josephine Tarrant
(Kuna, Rappahanock, Hopi, Hochunk)

Kevin Tarrant
(Hopi, Hochunk)

Crew:

Choreographer – Nic Billey

Musical Design- Branden Tubby (Choctaw )

Scribe and Production Consultant- Timothy Dorsey

Musical Director- Kevin Tarrant

Costume/set design- Maggie Rice (Pawnee)

Piano and Historical Musical Design- Elizabeth Thunder Bird Haile (Shinnecock) and The Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum

Production Apprentice- Kimberly Terrance (Mohawk Akwesasne)

Additional Writings:

Danielle Soames

Nic Billey

Henu Josephine Tarrant

Elizabeth Rolston

Tonya Gonnella Frichner based on her preliminary report on the Doctrine of Discovery

La MaMa Theatre in collaboration with the Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival, Native Earth Performing Arts and First Peoples Fund and the Ford Foundation through a grant from the FPF Our Nations Spaces Program.



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.

 



breaking walls at the EstroGenius Festival

 

Congratulations to TheatreNow! guest Fran Tarr, who continues to create theatre all over the world.  She has just returned from a working trip to South Africa. A theatre piece written by her young female collaborators with will appear in the EstroGenius Festival this month.

WOMEN SPEAK WORLD LISTEN October 31 2014 nyc

A message from Fran Tarr:

Our Young Women Artists & The EstroGenius Play Festival

An amazing opportunity to showcase the writing and performing talents of our young breaking walls women is happening at the renowned EstroGenius Play Festival on October 31st from 7:00pm to 8:30pm!!!

WOMEN SPEAK/WORLD LISTEN is a one-night theater event written by our young breaking walls women from Brooklyn, Bethlehem, Berlin and Cape Town and will be performed by Helen Beyene, Sofie Walker, Lexie Tompkins, Geri Nikole Love, Maggie Borlando and Margy Love under the direction of Chivonne Michelle.

All proceeds will support our breaking walls 2015 Barcelona initiative – so bring a friend or two, and if you will not be able to join us, please consider making a contribution via EventBrite. Tickets are $25.00 online and $30 (cash only) at the door.

Click here to purchase:



TheatreNow! Season Four – Dramaturgs and Critics

The TheatreNow! Archive is currently a work-in-progress and will feature all the Season Three’s podcasts in the upcoming month.

2014 has been a building year. We have expanded our staff with the addition of Danica Rodriguez and Thais Flaitt Giannoccaro. Our global outreach has increased with representatives in the US, UK, Asia, and South America, and we have plans to translate our interviews into Korean and Portuguese. We also have a Young Adult Representative to help us build more interest in the theatre profession, especially among young women.

Season Four will be dedicated to creating an oral history of six leading dramaturgs and theatre critics active on the American scene, with specialties in new play development, new musical development, dance, opera, women’s studies, journalism, and cultural criticism . In the interviews, I will explore questions such as: How can we take advantage of advances in technology to push the dramaturgical profession forward? How have others done so? Do leading practitioners in the arts of dramaturgy and theatre criticism have anything in common? What is it? How can I expand my own practice to become an independent curator, journalist and advocate in a meaningful way? How can I advance the gender parity movement among theatre artists? How can I add content to the current movement for archiving theatre artists’ and companies’ works? How can I help the public to meet and recognize female theatrical experts across all disciplines? And, How can I use my dramaturgical skills and access to help young adults become interested in pursuing any of the theatrical professions?

Staff List

Anne Hamilton, Producer and Host
Otto Bost, Sound Designer
Cate Cammarata, US Representative
Walter Byongsok Chon, Asia Representative
Natalie Pandya, UK Representative
Danica Rodriguez, Young Adult Representative
Thais Flaitt Giannoccaro, South America Representative
Nancy Ford, Composer, TheatreNow! Theme
Helaine, Digital Archivist and Website Creator

http://hamiltondramaturgystheatrenow.com

 https://soundcloud.com/theatrenow-1



THE DRAMATIST Magazine – Quiara Alegria Hudes on Subject

THE DRAMATIST - Quiara Alegria Hudes on Subject

Congratulations to Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow!’s Inaugural Podcast guest Quiara Alegria Hudes. She leads off the cover story of this month’s THE DRAMATIST magazine with an article on “Subject”.



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.



Yvette Heyliger on the Artist as Activist

Here is a new HowlRound article by TheatreNow! Season One guest Yvette Heyliger.

Excerpt: “Artists are the gate keepers of truth. We are civilization’s radical voice.” so said singer, actor, social activist, lawyer and athlete, the great Paul Robeson. Robeson may not have been the first, but he was certainly one of the most outspoken citizen-artists of his day, choosing to set aside his theatrical career to become politically involved—fighting for the causes he believed in, even though it meant his own financial ruin.

What makes a human being, against his own “best interests,” fight for those less fortunate, for the voiceless and the downtrodden?

– See more at: http://howlround.com/artist-as-activist-civilization%E2%80%99s-radical-voice#sthash.ijwCZ3oF.dpuf



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.



DANTE’S INFERNO…

Tune in to a new show directed by TheatreNow! guest Murielle Borst Tarrant. Murielle’s episode will be posted soon.

LIVE STREAM PERFORMANCE COMING TO YOU FROM LA MAMA & CULTUREHUB
“Dante’s Inferno, a journey into hell, a life in Indian show business”

Dante's Inferno...

Tune in on Monday April 29th  at 11AM EST

Streaming to you live at www.culturehub.org/live1

Directed by Murielle Borst-Tarrant

Featuring Nicholson Billey, Tanis Parenteau, Josephine Tarrant and Kevin Tarrant

Watch out when Indian show business meets the “Doctrine of Discovery”. A raucous political satire loosely based on Dante’s Inferno. A comedic, hard hitting look at the marginalization of Indigenous Peoples and appropriation of Indigenous cultural property in show business. Watch this 30 minute workshop piece and join us afterward for a panel discussion with the cast on “Self-Determination and the Arts.”

With special guests:

Tonya Gonnella Frichner, ESQ ( Onondaga Nation, Snipe Clan) President and Founder  American Indian Law Alliance

Karmenlara Ely Artistic Director of The Norwegian Theater Academy

And

Muriel Miguel ( Kuna, Rappahannock) Artistic Director of Spiderwoman Theater

 www.murielleborsttarrant.com



BCWJ Profile of Maria Alexandria Beech

Profile of Maria Alexandria Beech

By Anne M. Hamilton, MFA

Maria Alexandria Beech is a playwright and librettist living in New York. She has written over fifteen full-length plays, several as a member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages Theatre, which co-produced her play LITTLE MONSTERS at Brandeis Theatre Company. Her full-length musical titled CLASS, with Karl Michael Johnson, was presented in a reading in May, 2012 at NYU.

AH: Alex, I know that you hold an MFA from Columbia University. Now you have a second, this time from NYU.

MB: It’s in musical theatre writing. It is a true honor. One would think that writing a musical and writing a play are similar processes, but in fact they’re not. They each require their own craft and their own knowledge base.

AH: What is CLASS about?

MB:  It’s based on a play that I wrote in the writers group at Primary Stages, about a girl who is struggling with alcoholism and she signs up for a summer school class in New Orleans in 1987.  And so this girl walks into the situation, and the professor has recently learned that she doesn’t have much longer to live.

It was a real challenge to adapt as a musical, in the sense that it is very much a play as it exists. It was an homage not only to a professor that I had, who was dying of cancer and who had to face students who wanted to use her illness against her, but it was an homage to professors and teachers I had had growing up.
AH: Tell us about your reading at NYU.

One of the things that I learned is that musical theatre is still very much about that well-made musical, that traditional structure of the well-made musical, and the opening number and the closing number. One of my goals is to still honor that tradition, but kind of also do other things and explore more. [I’d like to] not look at the book or the dialogue just as a bridge between the songs. I think the songs could be little kind of poems that stand alone.

Anne Hamilton has 22 years of experience in the professional theatre in NYC, across the nation, and internationally. 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, a leading actress with The Wooster Group.

Download the article here: BCWJ Profile of Maria Alexandria Beech by Anne Hamilton