Hello, TPS community!
This new thread is for "Project Proposals" at all stages of a project -- from initial ideas and "what if?" possibilities, to complete concepts seeking collaborators. This thread is meant to serve as a networking tool, to allow local artists to initiate and develop new projects with other Puget Sound artists you may not have met -- or perhaps whose names are totally unfamiliar to you, but whose interests may coincidentally align with yours, or whose talents fit the profile you're looking for.
The idea to launch this thread for "Project Proposals" was just one of many dramaturgically-inspired ideas that came out of a recent break-out session that I chaired at the TPS Fall Forum in October: "Triumphs of 'Turgy: How Dramaturgs Can Help You Build Audiences and Bring Your Dream-Projects to Life."
This session featured a panel of professional dramaturgs with past and current connections to Seattle: Madeleine Oldham, Liz Engelman, and Geoff Proehl. The full description was:
"From new-play development to audience outreach, from teaching to maintaining archives, and from providing research and field trips for actors to bringing theatre from the page to the stage, dramaturgs have been instrumental in helping directors, performers, and administrators accomplish their goals. Dramaturgs from all over Seattle and the west coast will be invited to share success stories, as well as dream-projects in progress, and Roxanne Ray will discuss some possible new TPS initiatives in dramaturgy aimed at raising the profile of theatre within the Seattle community. Theatre artists of all disciplines are welcome to bring their ideas and questions; as a group, we hope to inspire enthusiasm about the many ways in which dramaturgs can support Seattle’s theatre artists."
The session generated almost two dozen dramaturgically-inspired ideas that could be undertaken by TPS, LMDA (Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas), Directors Lab NW, and Seattle Dramatists, as well as individual dramaturgs and other theatre artists.
If you were unable to attend the TPS session in October, feel free to contact me if you're interested in learning about the other ideas we generated. As a freelance dramaturg, as well as LMDA's new Co-Vice President for the NW Region, I'm also interested in hearing other ideas we may not have already thought of -- so feel free to send 'em along.
Here's to renewed creativity in 2006!