Chicago Dramatists and Concordia University Chicago are proud to announce a new and exciting program dedicated to the creation and production of new plays, as well as a new laboratory for training theatre professionals in the city.
Beginning in the Fall of 2013 Chicago Dramatists, one of the country’s premiere theatres of new works, will partner with Concordia University Chicago to workshop and develop scripts as part of the university season. This partnership heralds a new era for Concordia University Chicago’s theatre program as it seeks to train its students in the storefront model, a model that focuses heavily on new works.
To launch this new program, the Artists of Concordia Theatre, the producing arm of the university’s theatre program, and Chicago Dramatists will co-produce one new play per season from the ranks of Chicago Dramatists Resident and Network Playwrights, which include some of the most celebrated writers in the country. Six to eight scripts per season will be selected by the artistic leadership at Chicago Dramatists. From this pool, one will be chosen by the faculty and staff of the CUC Theatre Program to be workshopped by the playwright in partnership with a professional guest director from Chicago Dramatists.
The workshop will culminate in a public staged reading at Chicago Dramatists on Monday, August 26, at 7:00 PM. The play will then move in to a fully mounted production at CUC. Concordia Chicago theatre students will not only have the opportunity to perform a brand new work from a professional writer, but also to serve as Assistant Directors, Dramaturgs, and Designers for the show.
This year the faculty of CUC and the artistic leadership of Chicago Dramatists have chosen Stephanie Alison Walker’s American Home as the first play to be presented in this exciting new partnership. The production will be directed by Meghan Beals McCarthy, acclaimed director, dramaturg, and Associate Artistic Director of Chicago Dramatists. The play will open the ACT season at Madison Street Theatre in Oak Park, IL in October of 2013.
The laboratory setting of ACT affords emerging and established playwrights the creative freedom and the resources necessary to see their writing developed to their full potential, while providing young actors, designers, and dramaturgs an unparalleled opportunity to aid in the creation of new works. This opportunity affords a greater footprint for Chicago Dramatists in this city as well, enabling the venerated new works company to serve more playwrights, influence university training grounds, and develop scripts without the concern for box office or premature criticism.
For more information please visit Chicago Dramatists at www.chicagodramatists.com or Concordia University Chicago’s Theatre Program at www.cuchicago.edu/theatre.