INFO: black women playwrights' group national conference
>>INFO: black women playwrights' group national conference==============================================
The Black Women Playwrights' Group, presents
Whisper, Laugh, Shout, Tell the Story:
1st National Meeting for Women of Color Writing Drama
Chicago, September 4-7
Hosted by Loyola University Chicago's Department of Fine & Performing Arts
Guest Speaker: Lynn Nottage, MacArthur Award-Winning Playwright
Who should come? You should. If you are thinking about writing your first
play, or have just started, come. If you have written 20 plays, come. If
you are writing hip hop, dramas, comedies, gospel plays, musicals, come!
If you are writing for film and television, come. Your voice is unique, but
we are gathering kindred spirits with stories to tell.
For the first time women writers of color will gather in a nurturing
environment that assumes they should have prolific, consistent careers
writing dramatic literature that illuminates the human condition. We want
to ask writing women what they need to navigate the labyrinth facing writers
of color in theater, film, and television. Focus groups will ask, "What do
you need? How can we support you?" With the answers to these questions, we
will design a national level of membership that serves not only women
playwrights of color but also the American theater.
The four-day meeting will include a staged reading, an awards dinner,
workshops, and small group discussions that center on the playwrights'
experiences. Lynn Nottage, MacArthur award-winning playwright, is a guest
speaker. Scholars and professionals in the field will also be present to
make this a memorable and worthwhile event.
The conference will take place at Loyola University Chicago's newly
renovated Mundelein Center for the Fine and Performing Arts on Loyola's Lake
Shore Campus. Loyola Professor Jonathan Wilson, a highly respected director
at regional theaters across the nation, will direct the staged reading. For
Loyola, the conference is the beginning of a year-long focus on gender,
diversity, and new initiatives in the American theater.
"This summer, I stood in the bank and two black women were at the teller
windows in front of me. I saw only their backs. One was in her fifties,
with perfectly coiffed silvery hair, a raw silk outfit, lime green pants,
and tiny jewels on her mules. Next to her was a woman in her twenties, with
dread locks down her back, well-worn cowboy boots, jeans with a chain belt,
and a small purse with a shoulder strap. On the purse was the Harley
Davidson emblem. I thought to myself, 'Here's a story. Here's BWPG standing
in line right in front of me.'"
Please come to Chicago and tell your story!
Karen L.B. Evans
President & Founder
For more information, please email conference@...,
call (202) 635-2974, or visit www.blackwomenplaywrights.org.
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