DURING REJECTION SEASON, A REMINDER ABOUT PERSPECTIVE

    If fall is submission season, then spring inevitably becomes rejection season, as conferences and festivals fill their slots, and theaters choose their upcoming lineups.  It can be a discouraging time, as any playwright who plays the submission game knows, and the hardest thing about it can be remaining positive about the merits of […]

RIPP #44: PATRICK DOOLEY, FOUNDING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, SHOTGUN PLAYERS

    If you don’t know what RIPP: Real Inspiration for Playwrights Project is about, please click here to get some context before reading.   From PATRICK DOOLEY, FOUNDING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, SHOTGUN PLAYERS   “What playwrights and directors need to do is find each other. Directors come to me and say ‘I want to direct for you,’ […]

RIPP #43: JUNE BALLINGER, EXECUTIVE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, PASSAGE THEATRE COMPANY

  If you don’t know what RIPP: Real Inspiration for Playwrights Project is about, please click here to get some context before reading.   From JUNE BALLINGER, EXECUTIVE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, PASSAGE THEATRE COMPANY   “We actually just changed our submission process [Passage no longer accepts unsolicited submissions] as we get so many submissions, we simply do not […]

RIPP #42: MARISSA WOLF, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR CROWDED FIRE

  If you don’t know what RIPP: Real Inspiration for Playwrights Project is about, please click here to get some context before reading.   From MARISSA WOLF, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, CROWDED FIRE   “We recently produced the West Coast Premiere of The Bereaved by Thomas Bradshaw. The first time I read a Thomas Bradshaw play in 2009, I tore […]

RIPP #41: JAZ DORSEY, DRAMATURG, CO-FOUNDER/MANAGING DIRECTOR SPIRAL THEATRE STUDIO

    If you don’t know what RIPP: Real Inspiration for Playwrights Project is about, please click here to get some context before reading.   From JAZ DORSEY, DRAMATURG, CO-FOUNDER/MANAGING DIRECTOR SPIRAL THEATRE STUDIO   “I actively look for things and if I see something I like, I go after it. I end up partnering with the […]

RIPP #40: RON PELUSO, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, HISTORY THEATRE

  If you don’t know what RIPP: Real Inspiration for Playwrights Project is about, please click here to get some context before reading.   From RON PELUSO, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, HISTORY THEATRE   “Read theater mission statements and see how you might be a fit.  As a theater that produces new work, I’m always happy to entertain ideas […]

RIPP #39: SPENSER DAVIS, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, HOBO JUNCTION

    If you don’t know what RIPP: Real Inspiration for Playwrights Project is about, please click here to get some context before reading.   From SPENSER DAVIS, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, HOBO JUNCTION   “As a young playwright myself, I understand firsthand how daunting it can be to write for the stage. Let’s be honest: on the surface, […]

RIPP #38: MIXED BAG REVIEW

   If you don’t know what RIPP: Real Inspiration for Playwrights Project is about, please click here to get some context before reading.   In gathering information for this series, I got a lot of quick notes that maybe don’t make a full-blown individual post, but collectively reiterate a lot of the advice offered since I began […]

RIPP #37: BRENT HAZELTON, ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND DIRECTOR OF NEW PROJECT DEVELOPMENT, MILWAUKEE REP

   If you don’t know what RIPP: Real Inspiration for Playwrights Project is about, please click here to get some context before reading.     From BRENT HAZELTON, ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND DIRECTOR OF NEW PROJECT DEVELOPMENT, MILWAUKEE REP   “We’re two seasons in to reestablishing a literary department and new project development program after a few seasons of hiatus that was due […]

RIPP #35: JEFF LIU, LITERARY MANAGER, EAST WEST PLAYERS

  If you don’t know what RIPP: Real Inspiration for Playwrights Project is about, please click here to get some context before reading.   FROM JEFF LIU LITERARY MANAGER, EAST WEST PLAYERS   “We did not have any prior relationship with the Hawaii-based playwright, Lee Tonouchi, but he took advantage of our open submission policy and we […]