Groundbreakers Playwrights Group
January - June 2014
Applications for the 2014 Groundbreakers Playwrights Group are closed.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLICATION:
Please read and follow these instructions carefully so that you may have a pleasant and joyful experience applying to our 2014 Groundbreakers Playwrights Group.
PLEASE NOTE: Incomplete applications (without attachments and payment) will not be processed. Thank you!
STEP 1: Have your ARTISTIC STATEMENT and PLAY ready to attach before you begin filling out the application.
ARTISTIC STATEMENT INSTRUCTIONS:
In any form or order you see fit, answer the following questions in a one-page ARTISTIC STATEMENT and attach as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf.
1. How long have you written plays?
2. Why do you write plays?
3. What is your attached play about and why are you writing it?
4. What is the development history of your attached play?
5. What elements are you working on in your attached play?
6. What questions do you currently have about it?
7. What is your experience with writers' groups?
8. How do you feel participating in a writers' group will help you develop this particular play?
Please have your play ready as a .doc, .docx or .pdf.
STEP 2: Click on this link: Applications are now closed.
STEP 3: Complete all fields in the application, including uploading required attachements, as the system will not allow you to save and come back to it. It will take approximately 10-15 minutes to fill out the application form. All fields with * are required
STEP 4: Attach your ARTISTIC STATEMENT and YOUR PLAY as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf.
STEP 5: Before your application is entered in the system you will be prompted to pay a $10.00 processing fee.
You will receive a confirmation email indicating that your application is in the system. You will receive notification about the status of your application by the last week of September 2013.
If you have any problems or questions about the application process please contact Associate Artistic Director Jessi D. Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for applications: August 12, 2013
Notification: October 1, 2013
ABOUT GROUNDBREAKERS PLAYWRIGHTS GROUP:
Since 1996, terraNOVA has developed over 90 new plays through our Groundbreakers program. Groundbreakers Playwrights Group is an annual developmental playwriting lab, in which 6 playwrights receive the unique opportunity to work on a play-in-progress with the goal of creating a completed draft. Each playwright will hear their play read around the table by professional actors 3 times over 18 weeks, receiving feedback from the Groundbreakers Playwrights Group, special guests and the artistic staff of terraNOVA Collective. terraNOVA assembles a diverse group devoted to creating theatrical, original, innovative, socially relevant new work for the stage and welcomes submissions of new plays-in-progress that will benefit from collective feedback and further terraNOVA Collective's artistic mission. We are especially interested in playwrights who, in addition to working on their own play, have an interest in attending weekly workshops to engage in the development of other playwrights' work. Groundbreakers is made possible through public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the Dramatists Guild Fund.
PARTICIPATING PLAYWRIGHTS WILL RECEIVE:
REQUIREMENTS FOR ELIGIBILITY:
Must be able to attend weekly sessions in New York City. Attendance is mandatory.
"What was refreshing about Groundbreakers was that terraNOVA was actually excited that I didn't really know what my play was about yet.
I’d written a full draft already, but thematically I still couldn't pinpoint what the piece meant for me. So I literally used my time there to write different versions of the play exploring different variations of different themes and I can still remember on my last session of bringing work in, Jessi said, “I think I know what you’re writing about in this play.” And we got to have this amazing discussion with the group, everyone sharing theories about what the play seemed to be discussing for them. It was just amazing to be able to write from such an in-the-dark place artistically, but surrounded by such smart playwrights and dramaturgs that really helped me find my way with this particular piece."
- Matthew Paul Olmos
"terraNOVA has been an incredible and unusual experience, and developing WINK with Groundbreakers was a great gift to me as a playwright.
I'm so grateful for the chance to hear the play read three times with different casts, for the support and fellowship of the tight-knit crew of other playwrights, and for the year-end opportunity to share all the work we'd done with a generous audience.
WINK is a stronger play for the time it had incubating with terraNova.
I can't speak highly enough of the experience I had with the terraNOVA crew."
"I can draw a direct line from the recent success of my play THE REVIEW OR HOW TO EAT YOUR OPPOSITION to the work, community and positive spirit of development set forth by Jessi Hill and Jennifer Conley Darling as a member of terraNova Collective's Groundbreakers Playwright Group. Every monday meeting with the group was a meeting I looked forward to. Jessi and Jennifer assembled a truly wonderful core of playwrights who not only mirrored terraNOVA's generosity of spirit but also set the bar extremely high creatively and challenged each other to bring our absolute best with every new draft. What I appreciated most is the care and seriousness with which Jessi and Jennifer took or work as playwrights. I left the 15 week process feeling as though I had a solid foundation for my work to grow as well as new creative home. It has been made clear to each of the playwrights that our work is valued and the ultimate goal is that our pieces move forward with whatever support terraNOVA can provide. To have a single person believe in you is wonderful. To have a full community of artists and a theater company the caliber that of terraNOVA's actively support and encourage you is truly humbling."
Donnetta Lavinia Grays