Randy Gener tackles “new play development from an international and national perspective”

I am taking part in a Lark Play Development Center panel discussion on Friday, October 22nd at 10AM.  Here is a preliminary description.  Lisa Rothe, Lark’s director of off site programs, will be moderating the discussion. 

Information on all the Playwrights Week writers can be found at http://www.larktheatre.org

 STEPPING OUT OF BOUNDS: New Play Development from an International and National Perspective

Lark Play Development Center,
Playwright’s Week 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010, 10AM
939 8th Avenue, between 55th and 56th Lark Studio 204

An informal discussion with 8 playwrights’ week writers, Laura Marks, Dan Dietz, Laura Jacqmin, Stacy O’Neill, Michael Mitnick, Gabe McKinley, Joshua Allen, Kait Kerrigan and a panel of artistic leaders and thinkers.  Panelists include Randy Gener, Katja Heiminga, Kate Loewald, Amy Mueller and Janice Poon.  Moderated by Lisa Rothe

Participants discuss the landscape of new play development from his/her perspective.

Questions to consider: 

  • What ways do you support the development of new work?
  • Why do you think it’s important to “step out of bounds?”  (i.e. to explore work and voices outside your local community?)
  • What kind of exchanges and partnerships have you been a part of? How have those experiences shaped your perspective in your work? 
  • What new and inspiring ideas and events have you encountered involving the development of new work? How have those experiences changed you?
  • What does diversity of perspective mean to you? 

 RANDY GENER is a writer, critic, editor, playwright, and visual artist based in New York City. In his capacity as the senior editor of American Theatre magazine, published by Theatre Communications Group, Gener is the magazine’s lead staff writer and is responsible for writing news, features and criticism, as well as preparing, editing and curating special issues on all aspects of the professional U.S. theatre. He is involved in the planning, management and commissioning of the magazine’s freelance assignments, both nationally and internationally. He has conceived, edited and curated some 12 special sections exclusively devoted to world theatre. His plays include Love Seats for Virginia Woolf, What Remains of a Rembrandt Torn into Four Pieces, Wait for Me at the Bottom of the Pool, among others. His visual-art installations include in the garden of One World and “Positively No Filipinos Allowed”, among others. He is the author of scholarly essays in the encyclopedia Cambridge Guide to the American Theater; the anthologies Theater and Humanism in a World of Violence, roMANIA After 2000, and The American Theatre Reader, among others; as well as essays, articles and reviews in The Village Voice, The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Star Ledger, Time Out New York, and other publications.  He has worked as an editor of the Arts-Institute/Theatre Institute of the Czech Republic’s newspaper Prague Quadrennial Today and as a freelance dramaturg for the Joseph Papp Public Theater, Roundabout Theatre Company, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, and Denver Center Theatre Company.  He has been the recipient of a 2003 New York Times critic fellowship at Eugene O’Neill Theater Center; grants from the Foundation of the American Theatre Critics Association, the Ford Foundation and the Trust for Mutual Understanding; and a Filipinas Magazine 2007 Arts and Culture Prize; 2008 induction to the Chicago Filipino American Hall of Fame; and 2010 Journalist of the Year from the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association. He is the 2009 recipient of the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, the highest accolade for dramatic criticism in the U.S.


KATJA HIEMINGA. is a dramaturg and member of the artistic team of MC, a theatre with an accent on diversity in every aspect: cultural, artistic, interdisciplinary and multi-medial. At MC, Katja runs the research and development department and organizes a schooling lab. in which a possibility is created for young professional performers to work with older masters so that the established professionals might function as an example and inspiration for younger theatre makers. She also coaches new professional performers and writers in making their own work and exploring their own artistic signature.  At MC, Katja also works to attempt to build a bridge between an academic and a practical approach towards cultural diversity in theatre so it can become a fully accepted aspect within the traditional framework of the theatre. She also loves to spend time in the rehearsal room and be in touch with ‘the making of…’ Those are the fine moments which makes me fully realize what’s it all about.  In addition to her work at MC, she has taught and served as the head of the theatre department at the School for writing Amsterdam. 

 KATE LOEWALD is the Founding Producer of The Play Company, an OBIE Award-winning theatre that produces an international program of contemporary plays in New York. Over the past ten years Play Co. has produced the World, American and New York premieres of plays from Poland, Japan, Romania, India, Germany, Russia, France, the British Isles and the United States. From 1990-99 Kate was head of the literary department at the Manhattan Theatre Club, overseeing programming and creative development. She was also Director of MTC’s acclaimed Writers in Performance series for two years, producing an innovative program of literary events.  Prior to MTC she was the producing associate for Margo Lion on several projects on and off Broadway. Kate is on the adjunct faculty of the Fordham College theatre department, and has also taught in New York University’s Dramatic Writing Program. She was a dramaturg at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference from 2000-2003.

Amy Mueller is an award-winning director. Since taking the helm of Playwrights Foundation ten years ago she has transformed the scope of the organization into a year-round center for new plays and playwrights. Recent credits include: …and Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi by Marcus Gardley, One Big Lie by Liz Duffy Adams (dramaturg), Mr. Fujiyama’s Electric Beach by Kevin Oakes (dramaturg), and co-creator of The Mandala Olive Project at the Exit Theatre. Director: Voices Under Water by Abi Basch, Between The Eyes by Naomi Wallace and No Good Deed by Mollena Williams. She has directed at Cutting Ball Theater, Berkeley Rep, San Diego Rep, A.C.T. Seattle and Arizona Theatre Company. She is the mother of two beautiful children.

JANICE POON is a writer and theatre professional from Hong Kong who has been awarded the Asian Cultural Council fellowship to pursue research on dramaturgy and play development in the United States for twelve months. She has been a creative writer before she began her professional career as a cultural journalist for Ming Pao Daily in 2001. She joined PIP Theatre Limited in 2005, one of Hong Kong’s leading theatre companies, where she distinguished herself as the person who is responsible for establishing the first literary department in Hong Kong theatre, during which she’s established the first annual Hong Kong Playwright Festival and a Conference on Contemporary Performance. Janice has been an active cultural worker in Hong Kong, working also in the capacities as a culture and theatre critic, playwright, actress and producer.

LISA ROTHE is a director and recently joined the staff of the Lark Play Development Center as the Director of Offsite Programs and Partnerships, where she deals with providing expanded opportunities for playwrights “off campus” and strategic multi-lateral partnerships aimed at advancing new work to production nationally and globally. She has workshopped, developed and directed many new plays. Recent credits: Eyepiece by Rinde Eckert (Hancher, U of Iowa); Interpreting William (Indiana Repertory); Looking for the Pony (Synchronicity Performance Group @ Seven Stages in Atlanta); Penelope by Ellen McLaughlin and composer Sarah Kirkland Snider (Getty Villa); Ah, Wilderness! (Chautauqua Theatre); Couldn’t Say (MITF - Best Director Award) as well as productions for NYMF and SPF.  Most recently, she received an EST/Sloan Foundation grant with composer Kim Sherman and librettist Margaret Vandenburg for work on Ada, a new chamber opera.  Women’s Project Director’s Lab alum; Drama League alum, Fox Fellow. Guest Director: NYU Graduate Acting, Juilliard, Yale School of Drama. MFA: NYU Graduate Acting.

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