The first CityWrights Conference in 2011 was an intimate experiment to gather playwrights from our South Florida backyard and around the country for a weekend of creative and professional “work and play”. City Theatre’s goal was to meet playwrights and have playwrights meet us and see the kind of work we do in our signature programming, the annual Summer Shorts Festival. Another was to bring to Miami the theatre artists, experts and industry leaders who are impacting how playwrights create work and manage business today, to inspire, educate and engage us. Finally, we wanted to make a forum for dramatists that would be creative, productive and fun, and add to the growing cultural dynamic of South Florida.
The CityWrights Weekend is informative, substantive and surprising, and, like a good play, stuff happens: strangers become colleagues, networking makes new relationships, old friends catch up and fresh connections are made; information leads to action, prompts lead to pages, readings become productions, plays are considered for publication, business questions find answers, ideas result into projects and collaborations.
CityWrights is about communicating, connecting, and creating, and this year’s programming is about taking up the tools of the trade and grabbing the keys to the kingdom. Please enjoy the conference and take something useful away with you, be it The Ten Minute Marketplace, a Wrighter’s Block or the New Play Exchange, an informal break out with one of the professionals, a book purchase from the publishers and editors, a short in Summer Shorts, a tip from a director, a writing exercise that results in a breakthrough or a new idea, contact with artistic directors and producers, a word of advice, a drink with new pals at the Epic pool bar, a link to a new site, a tap of a keyboard, a tweet, a blog post, a note voiced into a device.
Join the Fun and Relax under the Sun!
CityWrights Group Photo at the 20th Annual SUMMER SHORTS at
The Adrienne Arsht Center’s Carnival Studio Theatre on the Susan Westfall Playwrights Stage
Small Group workshops with playwrights from all across the country!
“CityWrights is the missing piece for so many aspiring writers. Every aspect that a playwright needs was present! That was exciting I was able to talk to representatives from Samuel French and the Dramatists Guild, as well as work with achieved playwrights that are active in this industry. I don’t know where else I could have gotten all of these elements in one space! I made connections and had conversations that can only serve me as I move forward. This was exactly what I needed to believe in myself and improve my writing. Thanks for the powerful panelists, the yummy food, and the opportunity to see and hear the work of other writers.” – Joleen Moody
Samuel French and Dramatic Publishing
From left to right: Amy Rose Marsh, Linda Habjan, and Casey McLain
Miami Herald Theatre Critic, Christine Dolen and CityWrights Keynote Speaker, Marsha Norman
CityWrights Scholars and their Master Playwright, Suzanne Miller
In Your Own Words at the Olympia Theatre
Left to Right: Steve Yockey, Lauren Yee, & Casey McLain
“I kicked off my summer in Miami at the CityWrights conference run by City Theatre, with Susi Westfall as out host for four days of panels, workshops, and theatre-going. It was action-packed, great people showed up, the Florida scene was happening, and yes, THERE WAS A POOL ON THE ROOF of my hotel! Score!” – Catherine Castellani
The City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting Competition Winner
France-Luce Benson and Literary Director, Susan Westfall
Smarty-Pants: Women to Listen to Besides Our Mothers
Left to Right: Susi Westfall, Casey McLain, Susan Bernfield, Abigail Katz, Lisa Dozier-King, Elaine Romero, and Susan Schulman
Cocktail Hour on the Miami River at the Epic Hotel
Left to Right: Deborah Zoe Laufer, Gwydion Suilebhan, Donna Hoke, & Marsha Norman
In Your Own Words at the Olympia Theatre
Left to Right: Vince Gatton, Lia Romeo, Cusi Cram, & David Hilder