Dorset Theatre Festival’s Women Artists Writing Group Expands Presence Beyond Vermont

DORSET, VT: Dorset Theatre Festival is excited to continue its commitment to the development of new work for the American Theatre and supporting new artists. A focus on gender parity for the stage is a principle for Artistic Director, Dina Janis, and Dorset Theatre Festival is pursuing new ways to advance the voices and stories of playwrights that often go unheard.

In partnership with Primary Stages, Dorset Theatre Festival’s Women Artists Writing Group, now in its 3rd year, will expand its presence beyond Vermont with an ancillary presentation for New York City supporters, partners, and donors.

The invited presentation will take place at the Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts in New York City on March 26, 2018, and will include excerpts from works in progress and a talkback with the artists.

Participating playwrights include: Heidi Armbuster, Mary Bacon, Carolyn Bost, Michelle Beck, Laura Gomez, Mariana Newhard, Elizabeth Kelly, Donna Eis, Sharahn LaRue McClung, Maggie Bofill, Heather Simms, Mathilde Dratwa.

WOMEN ARTISTS WRITING GROUP

Artistic Director Dina Janis was passionate about lending institutional support to elevate the idea that began with actresses Heidi Armbruster and Mary Bacon, who wanted a writers group for actresses to create mutual support and space for their writing. Dorset Theatre Festival became the program’s host by developing a writing retreat in August, 2016. A group of six women spent three days writing and held a final presentation at the Dorset Playhouse.

Now, The Women Artists Writing Group is a diverse group of mid-career female actresses and theatre artists who are expanding their artistry through writing. The group’s purpose is to meet the whole female theatre artist where she is at as a writer, providing resources and support as she works to either discover her own voice or works towards completing a writing project.

DORSET THEATRE FESTIVAL

Dorset Theatre Festival creates bold and innovative theatre that engages a diverse, multi-generation community: enlightening, entertaining, and inspiring its audience through the celebration of great plays produced with the highest degree of artistry, All Dorset Theatre Festival performances take place at the Dorset Playhouse, 104 Cheney Road, Dorset, VT.

For more information, visit Dorset Theatre Festival website at dorsettheatrefestival.org.

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