ATHENA READS CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS New Play Development Series
Guidelines for Playwright Submissions:
The purpose of Athena Reads is to discover and develop new works that express storytelling in an unconventional way that challenges both the artist as well as the audience to think outside of the box. There is no restriction on content: plays may explore any aspect of the human condition.
Please note that at this time we are only considering full length, contemporary plays with a limited cast of characters (2-8) and a unit set. We prefer plays that are thematically relevant to current times. We seek action-driven pieces that do not rely on overt exposition. We encourage works that welcome open ethnicity casting.
Athena Reads was established to explore and encourage the advancement of original work for the stage. Only works yet to have an official NYC or World Premiere should be submitted.
The play reading series consists of a private table read with actors who have not been rehearsed. There is no audience outside of the playwright and any guests they may invite.
Following the reading, there is a discussion amongst the participants and the playwright about elements of the piece that resonated with them and questions that may have arisen. A copy of the principal comments is sent to the playwright following the reading.
From the play reading series, we select pieces we feel are both ready for further development and are in line with our mission. These plays then progress into a staged reading, a workshop production and/or potentially a full production. Please check back to view our staged reading and production schedule.
Please submit all information with your application. Contingent upon the volume of submissions we have, we will contact you within a few months to inform you if we are interested in proceeding to a table reading of your play.
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The Women in the Arts & Media Coalition will present the 2019 Collaboration Awards. which recognize women who successfully collaborate to create new and influential work, at the SVA Theater (333 West 23rd St, New York, NY 10011) on Saturday, March 30 at 6:30pm. The 2019 Collaboration Awards Gala, which is being held on International SWAN Day (Support Women Artists Now), will be hosted by SAG Award-winning actor and producer Alysia Reiner (Fig on Orange is the New Black on Netflix).
Awarded biennially, the Collaboration Awards encourage professional women in the arts and media from different disciplines to work collaboratively on the creation of new work. The award recognizes the best of these collaborations and goes to a winning project and its two creators. 2019 marks the sixth time the Collaboration Awards have been presented.
The first production meeting for EGG with all the department heads, picture by David Alan Basche.
The 2019 Collaboration Awards will honor Alysia Reiner and her collaborative team on the film EGG with the first Acclaimed Collaboration Award for a project with greater renown and visibility. The 6th Biennial Collaboration Award winners are playwright Deborah Yarchun and director Jess Chayes for their play Preservation. The Coalition will also be awarding the first ever Student Collaboration Award to the documentary Bread Machine by Shelby Hougui and Julia De Santis,about the power of childhood memory, friendship, and communication. Ms. Hougul and Ms. De Santis are students from SVA's Film and Animation Department, the first Academic Affiliate of the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition.
Additional honorees include Melissa Bell and Tannis Kowalchuk for Courage, a reimagining of Brecht's Mother Courage into a physical theatre piece that addresses current social issues. Katherine M. Carter and Jacqueline Goldfinger for Click, a fast, bright, darkly humorous play which follows a group of college students involved in a frat rape that goes viral. Vanessa Stalling and Brenda Barrie for United Flight 232, the story of a hot July day in 1989 when a United airline crashed onto a cornfield-lined runway at Sioux City Airport. Ophira Eisenberg (WNYC's Ask Me Another) and Maggie Cino for Scars, Ophira's harrowing and hilarious story of acquiring, surviving and living with the dozens of scars that cover her body. Charissa Bertels and Ayumi Okada for The Uncivil Ones, a musical about three extraordinary women in US history.
A special reading of an excerpt from the Collaboration Award winning play Preservation will feature David Alan Basche (Todd Beamer in United 93; Stuart Gardner on The Exes, TV Land), Lynn Cohen (Mags in Hunger Games 2: Catching Fire; Magda on Sex and the City, HBO), and Alysia Reiner (Kiki Rains on The Deuce, HBO; Fig on Orange is the New Black, Netflix).
Preservation is a dark, comedic thriller that explores what happens when protecting the dead comes at the cost of the living. (In a small town, in an archival library, there's a vault. Inside the vault, there's a box. Stella, Lydia's dying grandmother, has convinced her that inside the box is a buried family secret that could alter their lives. But the founder of the library funded it under the stipulation that the box never be opened. Lydia and Stella need vindication. Stan, the library's archivist, needs to protect the library and the founder's integrity at all costs. Lydia isn't going away. And Stan isn't backing down.
A limited number of tickets to the Awards Gala are available to the public. Ticket prices are: $15 for members of any of the Coalition's member organizations / $20 for non-members (early bird rate) / $25 after March 15 and at the door. There will also be a very limited number of Premium Seats (which includes reserved seating and a champagne toast with the honorees) for $100 each. Tickets can be purchased online at www.womenartsmediacoalition.org
Women in the Arts & Media Coalition (Yvonne Curry and Avis Boone, Co-Presidents, Shellen Lubin, Past President and 1st Vice President) is a non-profit organization, which represents more than 200,000 women in the performing arts and media through its member organizations and affiliates. The Coalition focuses the power of its member organizations and their memberships together and uses the combined strength to address issues of concern through advocacy, networking and educational events. Member organizations are: Actors' Equity Association, Associated Musicians of New York Local 802 AFM, Dramatists Guild, League of Professional Theatre Women, New York Women in Communications, New York Women in Film & Television, SAG-AFTRA New York Local, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and the Writers Guild of America, East. Affiliates are: BOLD, Drama Desk, International Center for Women Playwrights, The Lambs, Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative, National Theatre Conference, Professional Women Singers Association, 365 Women a Year: A Playwriting Project, Theater Resources Unlimited, Women in Music, The Women's Media Center, Women Make Movies, and WomenArts. For more information on Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, visit www.womenartsmediacoalition.org.
There will be a Q&A and reception following the screening.
Special guest speakers to be announced.
Saturday, March 30
333 West 23rd Street
This Changes Everything
Taraji P. Henson
Tom Donahue (Director/NYWIFT Member) Ilan Arboleda (Producer/NYWIFT Member) Madeline Di Nonno (Executive Producer/NYWIFT Member) Simone Pero (Executive Producer/President, NYWIFT Board of Directors)
In the last 100 years, Hollywood has emerged as one of the most influential forces in shaping our society's perceptions and expectations of women and girls in everyday life. As our country's largest export, what comes out of Hollywood reaches the entire world. Who is creating these stories, and how does this shape the on-screen portrayal of women? It all begins with the storytellers.
Told first-hand by some of the industry's leading voices, including Executive Producer Geena Davis, living legends like Meryl Streep, and younger talent such as Taraji P. Henson, Yara Shahidi, and Chloe Moretz, This Changes Everything is a feature documentary that uncovers what is behind one of the most confounding dilemmas in the entertainment industry - the under-representation and misrepresentation of women. It takes an incisive look behind and in front of the camera, into the historical and empirical evidence, and systemic forces that foster gender discrimination and reinforce disparities in our culture. Backed by hundreds of stories and overwhelming data, director Tom Donahue illuminates and unpacks an inherently misogynistic Hollywood machine. The film is a call for change and accountability, seeking and proposing solutions from inside Hollywood and around the world.
Whether you're looking for women-led theatre, music, spoken word poetry, lectures, podcasts, dance concerts, panel discussions, stand-up comedy, social media campaigns, art exhibitions, festivals, or film screenings, you're going to find it on the SWAN Day Calendar.
SWAN Day means Support Women Artists Now Day - a time to celebrate the power and diversity of women's creativity! Join StateraArts as we continue our work for gender parity in the arts.
MARCH 30th is SWAN Day: Can't catch a SWAN Day Event in your area? Then join StateraArts for a Virtual SWAN Day Party on March 30th! It's happening all day long - SWAN Day interviews, photos from SWAN events all over the globe, live feeds from events, video trailers from SWAN Day projects, and more! RSVP HERE and invite your friends.
APRIL 1st: Nominations for the 2019 Martha Richards Visionary Woman in Leadership Award open on April 1, 2019! This is your opportunity to amplify and celebrate the work of a Visionary Woman Arts Leader in your community! Everyone is invited to submit their nominations throughout the month of April. StateraArts is honored to highlight the extraordinary achievements of women leaders in the arts who provide powerful role models for mentorship and intersectional equity. The award comes with national recognition and a $2,000 prize. More info HERE.
SWAN Day Spotlight: SWAN Day CT
SWAN Day CT, now in its 12th year, is a multi-genre music and arts festival dedicated to promoting women in the arts.
SWAN Day CT also features burlesque, live art onstage, a fashion show, and a wide variety of pop-up art galleries and vendors. The festival concludes with an onstage dance party led by Dj Breakadawn. For more info go to www.swandayct.com.
SWAN Day Spotlight: SWAN Day MKE
Now in its 4th year, SWAN Day Milwaukee is celebrating the power and diversity of women's creativity with "Water: Reflection, Ritual & Resource", an art exhibit at the Urban Ecology Center. SWAN Day MKE exhibitions explore themes of women's artistic & spiritual connections to nature, and how these roots nourish one's work, activism, and daily living.
Over one-hundred women-identified artists of all ages, disciplines and levels of artistic experience residing in Milwaukee and surrounding areas have been invited to participate in an informal, non-juried celebration and exhibition. SWAN Day MKE participants reflect on the topic of water and create a piece that expresses their thoughts, relationship, experience, or practice related to water and how it connects us to place, people, ritual, and ancestry.
Jamie Bilgo Bruchman, the lead organizer of SWAN Day MKE says, "The response to this year's theme has been outstanding, and we are delighted once again to welcome dozens of new artists from a diverse range of artistic backgrounds, ages, cultures, and mediums." Women from all over the greater Milwaukee area are coming together for what promises to be an amazing celebration.
The exhibition runs from March 23rd to June 1st. There is also an opening reception on Saturday, March 23rd from noon to 3pm. For more information, connect with SWAN Day MKE on Facebook.
Here's a taste of what's happening this week on the SWAN Day Calendar!
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"Yen" by Anna Jordan at Raven Theatre - Chicago, IL
Spoken Soul Festival SWAN Day Miami - Miami, FL
"Funny Women of a Certain Age" with Fran Drescher - Showtime Network
The Archive of Black Women's Memory: Practicing Our Politics - Atlanta, GA
SWAN Day MKE - Milwaukee, WI
Womanimation! 2019 Encore MassArt Edition - Boston, MA
Her Voice presents "Disruption" by AJ Baker - Scottsdale, AZ
Author Signing and Q&A with Alyscia Cunningham - Yakima Park, MD
Another Experiment by Women Film Festival: Screenings - NYC
Liberated Muse at The Kennedy Center - Washington D.C.
Honoring The Voices of Muslim American Women - Moraga, CA
Nevertheless, She Auditioned: Short Film & Industry Panel - NYC
Jane Bunnett and Maqueque - Holyoke, MA
Lectures + Libations: Women's History Edition - NYC
SWAN Day Houston Salutes: Houston Latino Film Festival 2019 - Houston, TX
K.W.E.E.N. Women's Showcase 2019 -Decatur, GA
SWAN Day Swedish Fika - Grand Forks, ND
Mary Cassatt in France - Valhalla, NY
How to Develop Your Memoir, a SWAN Day Writing Class - Culver City, CA
SheRocks Pop-Up Tour - NYC & DC
SWAN Day CT - New Britain, CT
SWAN Day Pensacola by Pen Arts - Pensacola, FL
SWAN Day Louisville 2019 - Louisville, KT
SWAN Day Kenya - Nairobi, Kenya