Creating a Workout Plan for your Project

Many successful people go into their projects with a plan. They set goals for themselves, and then they set deadlines to meet those goals. And, sure enough, they meet those goals and they get those projects done.  For writers, this can feel antithetical to what we do. We worry that too much structure will restrict our creative flow and hinder our imaginations. Why go about this methodically when our best…

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The Rise of Radio Dramas in the Theater Community

As theaters have closed due to the pandemic, radio has become another popular alternative and a way to share dramatic works with audiences across the globe.  Those looking for additional exposure and another way to engage in theater besides Zoom or live-streaming should look towards getting their plays on the radio platform! Audio has become an increasingly favored form of entertainment in quarantine, providing needed breaks from screen and reading…

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Look Outward to Find Motivation Within

Even the most accomplished and experienced writers struggle with keeping themselves accountable to the writing process. Finding motivation within ourselves can be incredibly difficult, especially when the road ahead of us is long and the gratification is far from immediate.  That’s why we want you to try looking elsewhere for accountability. You know that you have a great idea for a script and a goal to complete it, but what…

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The Basics of Live Streaming

Theaters may be closed down for now, but that doesn’t mean performances have to be. Live streaming has become a popular form of entertainment during quarantine, and has made for a good substitute for live performances for the time being. Though utilizing the various platforms may seem daunting, live streaming is a great way to continue showcasing your work while maybe even reaching new and wider audiences!  There are lots…

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Secret Producer Series #3: Support Your Inspirations

This week we sat down with yet another one of the industry's top producers to get their insights on what works and what doesn't when producing new work! Q: What's your biggest piece of advice for theater makers right now? A: We're in a period of intense change and transition. It might feel really hard to create art in this moment- I've talked to folks who are constantly focused on…

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Accountability Exercise for Artists: Paired Association

Oftentimes, the hardest step of the writing process is the part where you actually get yourself to sit down and write. Seems silly, right? You have the capacity to formulate great ideas and create a script, but actually doing the work seems to exceed that capacity. The problem isn’t that you’re incapable of completing the task at hand. The problem is that you’re inundated with lots of other tasks, and…

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Playwriting Tip: Questions to Ask Yourself Before Writing Your Play

You’ve got the great idea. You’re ready to start writing. But how do you begin? And perhaps more arduously, how do you end? These are the big questions that plague us as writers. But to answer these big questions, it’s important to ask ourselves a series of small ones first. Before you get into this, you’ll want to think through the trajectory of the story. The journey that your protagonist(s)…

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5 Tips to Raising Funds For Your Show

Theater may be shut down for the foreseeable future, but the curtains will rise again. And when that happens, funds will be necessary to get our productions on their feet. Lots of TheaterMakers have been asking us how to keep the ball rolling while in quarantine, so that the scripts we’ve been working hard at can come to fruition at the end of all of this! The answer involves leveraging…

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Secret Producer Series

THE SECRET PRODUCER SERIES: PRODUCERS ANSWER 10 QUESTIONS Q: What's your biggest piece of advice for theater makers right now? A: Keep moving forward with your project. Get it to a place where you feel really great about it so that when theaters open back up you have something that can be produced right away. Start attaching directors, actors, and anyone else you can get involved now so that you…

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Top Resources for Playwrights

A WRITERS READING LIST: RECOMMENDED BOOKS FOR PLAYWRIGHTS Constantly improving our craft is what we do as writers. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of links to a few of the playwriting and storytelling books we’ve found to be most helpful -- because it always pays to build your technique. From plot to character arcs to dialogue, these top-rated books will provide you with the necessary frameworks and tools to…

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