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Covid 19, Watch the Annual Awards on YouTube
This past Tuesday, the Dramatists Guild of America joined together with the Dramatists Guild Foundation and the Lilly's to announce their annual awards, which can now be streamed via YouTube. Presenters included Lynn Nottage, Stephen Schwartz, Hallie Foote, Chisa Hutchinson, Sarah Ruhl, Kirsten Childs, Heidi Schreck, and Jiréh Breon Holder.
This year’s Dramatists Guild awards went to Michael R. Jackson, recipient of the Hull-Warriner Award and the Frederick Loewe Award for his musical A Strange Loop; Kia Corthron, recipient of the Flora Roberts Award; Lydia Diamond, recipient of the Horton Foote Play-writing Award; and Madhuri Shekar, recipient of the Lanford Wilson Award.
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UPDATE: COVID-19 Financial Relief
If you have read our previous update on this issue, UPDATE: COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits for Dramatists, you will note that, in addition to the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program under the CARES Act, dramatists may be eligible for some aid under the Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP.
The PPP is a forgivable loan that aims to keep workers employed and paid, by incentivizing employers to hire back furloughed workers through a short-term, low-interest loan. When certain conditions are met, the loan is forgiven and converted to a grant, which is NOT subject to income tax. PPP loans are available to small businesses, 501(c)3 nonprofits, veterans and tribal organizations, and sole proprietors or self-employed workers, including anyone who files income on a schedule C. There is reportedly still funding available for the PPP, but the program ends on August 8, 2020; so, you should get your application in as soon as possible, if you decide to apply.
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The Dramatists Guild is continuing to take steps to ensure that our members remain safe and informed during the global Corona virus outbreak.
We encourage our members to use digital tools (such as Zoom, Regional Facebook groups, our website, and our BA Help Desk) to stay connected with the Guild. We ask anyone whose production has been cancelled as a result of the pandemic to report the closure to us by using our reporting form.
Contact us with any questions or concerns.
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Regional Elections Extended
The deadline has been extended to Friday July 31, for all regions that are currently in nominations. Anyone can nominate a Regional Rep! We encourage you to participate in this process by nominating the person whom you think will best serve your region. (Please note that only full DG members may vote in their regional election, once the ballots have been assembled.) Actively nominating and voting for your new Regional Rep makes a huge difference in ensuring that your region has adequate representation.
Our Regional Reps are nominated and elected into the service-oriented positions by their theatrical communities, and by the Regional Committee. Reps communicate with members across the nation, and meet regularly with DG staff to strategize how to best serve their region. Right now, as part of our first Regional Rep “election cycle,” the following TEN Regions are in the midst of nominations for their next Regional Rep.
Portland California – South
New York State
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Regional Event Digest
We are still taking every precaution to provide our membership with access to meaningful programming across the country. The following events are being held online, using our video conferencing software Zoom.
ONLINE 7/30: Navigating the Workplace in the Age of Pandemics and Political Protests
COLORADO 7/30: July Writers' Group
ONLINE 7/31: Thinking About What's Next Part 1- Career Planning
SOUTHWEST ONLINE 8/2: DG Footlights™
NYC ONLINE 8/5: Write Now!
HUDSON VALLEY 8/6: Master Playwrights Roundtable
NYC ONLINE 8/7: Write Now!
HUDSON VALLEY 8/7: State of the Hudson Valley Digital Convening
NYC ONLINE 8/7: Friday Night Footlights® feat. A Thing of Beauty by Fareeda Pyracha
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ONLINE 8/8: DG Footlights™ feat. Thick as Thieves by Susan Jackson & Diary of a Mad Black School Principal by Dr. Chappelle Griffin
NEW ENGLAND WEST ONLINE 8/10: Virtual Writing Group
MAINE ONLINE 8/12: Dramatists Gathering
NYC ONLINE 8/12: Write Now!
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ONLINE 8/13: Community Engagement Empower Hour
NYC ONLINE 8/14: Write Now!
NYC ONLINE 8/19: Write Now!
FLORIDA ONLINE 8/21: Dramatist Cocktail Hour
NYC ONLINE 8/21: Write Now!
NYC ONLINE 8/21: Friday Night Footlights® feat. Jung's Chair by Tom Block
NEW ENGLAND WEST ONLINE 8/24: Virtual Writing Group
NYC ONLINE 8/26: Write Now!
NYC ONLINE 8/28: Write Now!
NYC ONLINE 8/28: Friday Night Footlights® feat. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, adapted by Caroline Hewitt
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Live Stream Viewings
We are pleased to be able to provide the following information on upcoming live stream performances of shows by Guild members.
We're Still Here: A Virtual Cabaret
Stars in The House
The NYC Celebration of Queer Culture
The Edge of Night
I Am My Own Wife
The MS Phoenix Rising
La Vida Normal
Django In Pain
In These Uncertain Times
Is it Supposed to Last?
Safer In Theatre Listening Sessions: Colorado Theatre Standards
Safer In Theatre Listening Sessions: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Safer In Theatre Listening Sessions: Colorado Theatre and COVID 19
Pride & Prejudice
Roll With It
Members are now able to submit their live stream readings and productions to our new Productions web page, which went live on Thursday, June 11.
Submit Your Live Stream Reading
Resource Directory: Submission Opportunities
Charles Rowan Beye New Play Commission
Premiere Stages Senior Endeavor Awards
The Courier Fresh Fund
EMOS Playwrights Festival 2021
Blue Ink Play writing Award & Festival
Ohio Arts Council
ASF Translation Awards
Nancy Dean Lesbian Playwright Award
National One-Act Play writing Competition
Princeton Arts Fellowship
City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting Contest
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