March 12, 2020

No Reading on Monday, March 16

The Midwest Dramatists Center will not be hosting a reading at our usual scheduled time this Monday, March 16.

Our next reading will be with Emma Carter on Monday, April 20. We look forward to seeing you then.

March 5, 2020

Apply to Join MDC's 2020 Class of Resident Playwrights

The Midwest Dramatists Center is a collective designed to support playwrights on that difficult career stretch from “emerging” to “established,” and to amplify new voices in the American theatre. Residency is by application only, and its benefits are offered to selected playwrights at no cost for a five-year term. Membership has privileges, as well as responsibilities.

Application deadline is March 31, 2020 

 

BENEFITS OF RESIDENCY
Benefits afforded to resident playwrights include:
  • Public Readings: Giving the playwright the insight into his or her play that only comes with rehearsed presentation and audience feedback in a public forum
  • Family of Playwrights: Join a family of resident playwrights who can provide feedback, advice, and support for your writing. 
  • Annual Conference: Resident playwrights are guaranteed a spot in the annual Midwest Dramatists Conference.
RESPONSIBILITIES
Resident playwrights are expected to contribute to the life of the organization and the development of their fellow playwrights. This happens in three areas:
  • Center Stage: Each resident playwright will be required to write and present stage readings of one or two plays per year.
  • In the House: Each resident playwright will be required to attend at least six staged readings at MDC per year.
  • Behind the Scenes: Each resident playwright will be required to give back to the institution through service, whether that is serving as a writer’s representative to the board, participating in fundraising and promotional activities, or supporting the annual conference.
QUALIFICATIONS
The Midwest Dramatists Center is open to emerging Kansas City-region playwrights who wish to develop their skills, plays and careers, and have demonstrated artistic and professional accomplishments, which should include at least some of the following: productions, workshops, or readings at professional theatres; film or television productions; or professional playwriting awards, grants, and fellowships.

SELECTION PROCESS
Resident playwrights are chosen by a selection panel consisting of current MDC playwrights and board members. The literary manager coordinates the process, but does not directly influence the final decisions. Although professional accomplishment is very important, talent and potential are the main criteria.

TERM
The term for residency is five years. Terms begin and end on July 1.

APPLICATION PROCESS
Applications must include the following materials:
  • A completed application form.
  • Two full-length plays of any type. Screenplays and plays for young audiences do not qualify.
  • A brief resume or biography listing playwriting accomplishments and activities and any experience in related writing or theatrical fields. 
  • A letter of intent (one or two pages) describing what you hope to accomplish through MDC and how you will use your residency.
  • A letter of recommendation from a theatre or literary professional (who is not currently affiliated with MDC), written specifically for this application.
Download the Application Here

Download the Application Instructions Here


Send applications or questions to director@midwestdramatists.org

Application deadline is March 31, 2020




February 14, 2020

Dan Born's "Where Ripe Fruit Never Falls" Reading Feb 17

Join us for a reading of MDC playwright Dan Born's play "Where Ripe Fruit Never Falls."


Take note that this reading will begin at 7:30pm
Monday, February 17
Second Presbyterian at 55th and Brookside
318 E 55th St, KCMO, 64113

Come give feedback on our plays in development, and enjoy a night of local theatre!

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