Recently, Playwriting Fellow Peter Snoad (’09) mapped out the terrain for new play productions for local playwrights. One of the tips he gave was to get involved in the local community of new play-makers.
This is prime advice for artists of any discipline. In our just-published Q&A with Gigi Rosenberg, author of The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing, the author encourages artists to find a community of friends and colleagues – “Don’t isolate yourself,” she advises.
One way to cultivate that community is to attend events with creative dialogue. A new play reading, for example, allows you to experience new work and help a playwright gauge a play’s development. This week, playwright Ken Urban will have a staged reading of his new play The Private Lives of Eskimos at New Rep Theatre in Watertown on March 22, 8 PM. It’s free, so if you’re within range of Watertown, check it out!
Theatre companies can benefit from their peers, too. If you’re a small theatre company looking to advance your work – and especially if you’re in the Boston area – check out the Boston Center for the Arts Emerging Theatre Company Program. The program will select two small producing companies for five-year terms where the companies will receive support in such endeavors as creating a business and/or strategic plan, expanding staff, establishing outreach programs, and perhaps most enticingly, offering reduced rent theatre space at the BCA. Applications are due by April 4, 2011. Learn more.
Image: Luke O’Sullivan (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’11), FOUNDATION (9 BOXES), (2009) screenprint on wood, 12x12x81 in (x9).