The Playwriting Symposium of the Mid-America Theatre Conference seeks directors, actors, and dramaturgs to participate in our Mid-America Dramatists Lab, which produces a series of staged readings of new ten-minute plays during the Playwriting Symposium breakout sessions.
The conference-wide theme is “Myth.” Home to the famous Gateway Arch —the “Gateway to the West” and a monument of westward expansion — St. Louis proclaims itself to be a site of many myths about the United States of America: its dreams, promises, potential, ambitions, identity, destiny, abuses, manipulations, hubris...and the list goes on. The ways that myths are created, used, manipulated, exposed, recycled, and remade is a central exploration of any critical analysis of a place, a people, a culture, or a cultural practice. The role of myth in theatre practice, scholarship, and education is as varied as the myths of creation and origin that our religions, cultures, and nations depend upon. A myth is a cultural marker, a beacon of historical memory, while at the same time it is an invention used to propagate an ideology.
For our 2013 St. Louis meeting, the Mid-America Theatre Conference invites proposals of presentations, conversations, scripts, and workshops around the theme of “Myth” as it plays a role in our own work—both in the United States and abroad. How do theatres and practitioners depend upon or create useful myths? How do historians address them? What are our myths and how are we aware of them (or not aware of them)? How do we try to consciously or unconsciously deny, propagate, or provoke them in our work? How might a work’s reception be shaped by existing myths? What kind
of iconoclastic moves might destroy old myths or create new myths?
This is a juried event and the call for Directors, Actors, and Dramaturgs is directed primarily at academic theatre artists who are faculty members or graduate students and/or professionals in the field who seek to participate in New Play Development alongside their peers. The plays will be rehearsed and performed as staged readings at the conference. Each ten minute play receives approximately two hours of rehearsal time at the conference. All participants assigned to a given project will have the final script in hand prior to the conference.
All theatre artists who are selected to participate in this event must register for the conference. There is no funding from the conference for travel or lodging costs. The Mid-America Theatre Conference will take place March 7-10, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in St. Louis, MO. All theatre artists are strongly encouraged (though not required) to be present for orientation Thursday afternoon, March 7.
(Interested individuals may submit in more than one category.)
ACTORS: Please submit a headshot (jpg), resume, and a brief letter describing the types of roles you usually play and if you have any experience working with new plays or being involved in staged readings of plays. Approximately two roles are assigned to each actor.
DIRECTORS: Please submit a resume or CV detailing directing experience and a one page (or less) letter describing your experience and approach to directing and developing new work. Once assigned a play or plays to direct, the directors may contact the playwright and dramaturg prior to the conference for any advance needs for the individual project.
DRAMATURGS: Please submit a resume or CV and a one page (or less) letter describing your dramaturgy experience both with new work and in other capacities. Describe the kinds of projects you might find interesting to explore at this conference.
Submit by e-mail only (MS Word File in “.doc” or “.docx” please; or as a PDF) to all three of the following email addresses: Ron Zank, Co-Chair – firstname.lastname@example.org and Shawna Mefferd Carroll, Co-Chair –The email@example.com and Sarah Crockarell, Graduate Student Liaison firstname.lastname@example.org.
MATC Playwriting Symposium Co-chair
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