One of the many things we have at Theatre Unleashed is a playwriting unit. Lots of companies have them - it's where they internally develop original work. Ours is not terribly formal. Once every two weeks or so, I get together with the members of our Writer's Den at a tea house a few blocks from our theater in North Hollywood. Some are ensemble members of TU. Some are friends whose work we respect and want to eventually produce. We swap pages and offer constructive critique. We pitch ideas and solicit feedback. We talk about elements of our current projects we're struggling with. All with an eye to developing original material that will eventually wind up on our stage. It's a fun, laid-back, and supportive environment.
During a recent gathering at the Den, I was asked to talk about what I did to get my work published. My writing partner, Mike, and I held a brief impromptu symposium on what we did to get Super Sidekick: The Musical into Samuel French's catalog, and I provided additional insight from shopping Friends Like These around (which eventually wound up with Steele Spring Stage Rights).
Over the course of the conversation, Mike and I touched upon a plethora of resources we've either used or heard about. So, in an effort to make things easier for our Den-izens, I recently compiled a list of links to all of the resources we'd discussed, and I've decided to share them here for your benefit. I hope you find these resources as helpful as I do!
Festival and/or Self-Producing Opportunities
Short+Sweet will be running their first Festival in Hollywood at the Stella Adler Theater in September 2016.
Pro tip - this is how Samuel French scouts new talent. Just ask Michael Shapiro.
Members include the Edinburgh International Festival, Hollywood Fringe Festival and FringeNYC - The New York International Fringe Festival.
Members include the San Diego International Fringe Festival and the San Francisco Fringe Festival. Because Canada.
A subreddit for writing for the stage -- from 10 minutes plays to full length productions.
- Post questions about playwriting (format, submissions, etc)
- Converse with other playwrights (share ideas, successes, etc)
- Submit your own work for feedback (pdf is best, via google docs)
- Add articles or websites that other playwrights may find helpful
HowlRound is a condition—one that results in a howling noise when sound from a loudspeaker is fed back into a microphone. It's an amplified feedback loop.
This idea of a feedback loop represents the condition upon which HowlRound was born five years ago—as a place for artists to provide feedback, learning, expertise, frustration, and vision—in an effort to enliven the fields of theatre and performance to the aspiring and established artist alike.
For whatever reason, I can't get the final resource link to display all fancy like the ones above, so here it is: Serial Killers at Sacred Fools. Serial Killers is regular hit factory. Shows that were developed through SK include Absolutely Filthy (Winner - Top of the Hollywood Fringe 2013), The Poe Show, The King of Kong, and more.
So, that's my list of 17 resources for playwrights in Los Angeles! Next up will be a list of theatrical publishing companies and how to submit to them. But that's for another day.
Did I miss anything? If so, please post a link in the comments below!