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.
After an exciting, crazy, and fulfilling weekend, here’s what we have to look back on!
CityWrights Group Photo at the 19th Annual SUMMER SHORTS at
The Adrienne Arsht Center & the newly named Susan Westfall Playwrights Stage
Small Group workshops with playwrights from all across the country!
“I loved the visiting guest speakers with significant experience, including the lovely folks with TV writing experience. Mr. Jon Jory was so lovingly gracious. I thought every visiting guest was super cool and welcoming and inviting of questions and giving of ideas (i.e. Steve Yockey, Jojo Ruff, Deb Lacusta, Dan Castellaneta, Seth Cotterman, Gary Garrison, Gwydion Suilebhan – I love his perspective about approaching things with authenticity and for a seemingly greater cause). There was such a lovely feeling of community! I loved the readings of the young writers and the finalist plays (they helped to inspire me). Gail and the actors did a fantastic job! I hadn’t had too much experience with writing exercises, which I was a little trepidatious about, yet I really got a lot out of them. It was wonderful to experience the exceptionally friendly and accommodating culture and atmosphere supported by the people working the event. I feel like this is such a significant, potentially easily quality to overlook, and perhaps little recognized, but it’s huge. I felt every member of the event staff was motivated to help support me as an attendee of the event. I can’t thank you enough for that!!! Thank You!”
Selected readings from the City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting Finalists & the CityWrights Scholars
MORE readings from our Saturday Morning session, “Tuesdays @9,” hosted by Joe Danisi
Summer Shorts 2014! From Left to Right: Seth Cotterman, Amy Marsh, Casey McLain
Gail Garrisan and Gary Garrison wait for Summer Shorts 2014
Poolside playwriting…what could be better? From Left to Right: Matt Deis, Katalina Mustatea, Vanessa Garcia, Brian Cohen, Susan Westfall, Jon Jory
“I thought that it was great to have speakers representing local theatre as well as companies from outside of the State. The networking between local writers and local theaters is great, but the presence of outside theaters, I felt, offered interesting and original perspectives about how to get things done. I was blown away by the segments on Radio plays and Co-ops. Being a recent graduate, it’s easy to put on blinders to the various mediums that exist. I realized over the course of the weekend that although I’m grateful for the knowledge I gained from my professors, there is so much I have yet to learn about the industry. Thanks to CityWrights, I now know that the best place learn about it is directly from the people who are making it happen.”
From Left to Right: Eric Jellson, Jon Jory, Susan Westfall, and John Manzelli
FROM ALL OF US AT CITY THEATRE,
THANK YOU FOR JOINING US
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