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Albert Horton Foote Memoriam

Albert Horton Foote


On December 20, 2000, President Bill Clinton conferred the National Medal of Arts on Texas dramatist, Horton Foote, and noted that Foote's six-decade-long, award-winning career established him as the nation's most prolific writer for the stage, film, and television.

To that end, we dedicate TEXAS DRAMATISTS to his memory and designate him as the Keystone of this organization.


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The Aim:
Connect with professional theatre.
Texas Dramatists was created to foster playwrights of the greater Southwest...by providing performance opportunities through development, mentorship, and recognition.
Future Projects:
Festivals, contests, readings, symposiums, and workshops hosted throughout the region at a moderate cost, and led by playwrights, directors, and actors.



A submission has been sent to Theatre East for acceptance to be performed this summer. "Stand by for news!"

 Texas Dramatist Readings

Texas playwrights are invited to submit plays for developmental readings. Plays may be of any length and subject matter. (No musicals, please.) Plays are selected on their promise of being developed into professional scripts. No more than six plays will be selected for a single reading date. Playwrights will be notified no later than one month prior to a reading date and must agree to attend the reading and provide scripts and actors.

On the day of the reading, playwrights must have their casts in attendance at the site, and ready to move in and begin at the appointed time. There may not be time or space for preparation. Readings will be performed for and critiqued by Texas Dramatists directors and their invited critics.

Digital submissions in Word or PDF to: Jon Perry (frogfan74@gmail.com)

An example of a typical Saturday T. D. Reading:
9 – 11:30 a.m. – Plays #1 & #2
11:30 – 12:00 p.m. – Break
12:00 – 2:30 p.m. – Plays #3 & #4
2:30 p.m. – 5:00p.m. – Plays #5 & #6

Future Reading Dates

Houston: February 22, 2014
10:00 A.M. - Monica Davis (Houston) - "Turning Point"
1:30 P.M. - Diana Fenves (Dallas) - "Wharped: How to Build a Bomb"
Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 101, Houston, Texas 77019

 Call Board 2013/2014

We invite Texas playwrights to post news. Contact Jon Perry, email: frogfan74@gmail.com

  • Michael Ward’s play “The Bloodline” was selected to the Southern Appalachian Repertory 2013 Scriptfest. “The Bloodline” is one of 3 plays selected from over 200 submissions to be read at the annual playwriting conference held on the Mars Hill University campus in the Owen Theatre Nov. 1–2. Of the 3 plays, one will be selected for full performance during the theatre’s 2014 season.

  • David Crawford's “NIGHT CRIES” is now available at Players Press. He has a new Web site at: www.davidwrightcrawford.com. As part of their "Neighborhood Reading Series", Theatre East presented David W. Crawford's "Prodigal", Thursday, May 30th at O'Lunney's in New York. Dominic Chianese (Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire) headlined the reading. Crawford's play series, "Fairy Tale Theatre" will be available later this year.

  • Bradley Nies has a new play, "Teatime," published in the September 2012 issue of Death Head Grin at www.deathheadgrin.com.

  • Austin playwright Allan Baker's ten minute play, “…last and always”, will soon be performed in Guam and in Santa Cruz, CA. The University of Guam will produce the play from Nov. 14th to 23rd at the Fine Arts Theater as part of their One Act Festival of student-directed short plays. Throughout the month of January, 2014, the Actor's Theatre of Santa Cruz, CA will produce “…last and always” as part of their 19th annual “8 Tens @ 8” ten minute play festival. Based on the last scene of Allan's powerful one act 9/11 play, Five Minutes, this play tells the story of a gay couple…one in the World Trade Center and one at their home in the city…as they say goodbye.

    These will be the fifth and sixth productions of this play. In June, 2009 it was produced by NativeAliens Theatre Collective as part of New York City's Pride Festival. In February, 2011 it was produced by Turtle Shell Productions in New York City as part of their “Eight Minute Madness Playwright's Festival”. In May, 2012 it was produced by Blue Slipper Theatre of Livingston, Montana as part of their first ten minute play festival. And, in June, 2012 “…last and always” was produced by Buffalo United Artists Theatre of Buffalo, NY as part of their “Takes Ten: GLBT Short Play Festival”.

Texas Educational Theatre Association
2013-2014 Play Fest Competition Deadline Approaching
See www.tetatx.com.

2012-2013 TETA Play Fest Results

Blood is Thicker Than Water – Page Petrucka
The Annie Chronicles – David Remschel
Texas – Other
Beauty and the Beast – Ryan Angell
Prodigal – David Wright Crawford

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Contact dcra@tjc.edu to add news.

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 The Board


Dr. Marion Castleberry

Graduate Studies in Directing, Baylor University; Off-Broadway and Regional actor, director and producer: Ensemble Studio Theatre, Resonance Ensemble Theatre, HB Studio Theatre, Horton by the Stream, WaterTower Theatre, Zach Scott Theatre, Actors Co-op (Los Angeles); Founding President of the Horton Foote Society; Former Artistic Director of the American Actors Company; co-founder of the Horton Foote American Playwrights Festival; 2006 Drama Desk nominee for Best Revival of a Play; taught play development for Ensemble Studio Theatre; books: Horton Foote: Genesis of an American Playwright, Farewell: Remembering Horton Foote, The Voice of an American Playwright, and Voices From Home: The Life and Art of Horton Foote.

Dr. David W. Crawford

Professor, Theatre Department, Tyler Junior College; authored seven published plays, (four appearing off-Broadway: Harvest: A High Plains Trilogy, critic's pick and Smith & Kraus Best New Plays of 2008, at the Beckett Theatre, Theatre Row produced by the Alchemy Theatre Company of Manhattan, Borrowed Plumage at the Provincetown Playhouse by the North American Theatre Project and staged readings of Night Cries at Theatre Row by Theatre East, Moonlight Serenade at Stella Adler by Theatre East, and three scene books: Moments, Timeless, and Gallery.



Judson Jones

Co-founder and Artistic Director of Theatre East and has been working professionally as an actor, director and producer for well over a decade. As a producer, he has had the privilege of producing the Off Broadway premieres of Tim Blake Nelson's Eye of God, Christopher Durang's The Vietnamization of New Jersey (New York Times Critic Pick) and of David W. Crawford's Harvest (Smith & Kraus Best New Plays of 2008; Back Stage Critic's Pick) and Daniel MacIvor's The Soldier Dreams. Prior to forming Theatre East, he served as Associate Director for Alchemy Theatre Company of Manhattan from 2005–2008, and in his native Texas he was a founding member of the Dirigo group and served as Co-Producing Artistic Director for 6 years. He proudly serves on the Board of Directors for Texas Dramatists, remains a member of Austin's Hyde Park Theatre Company, and a member of Actors' Equity Association. He as a professor at the Kanbar Institute of Film & Television, Tisch School of the Arts, at New York University and guest lectures at colleges and universities in the Northeast and Texas.


Cyndi Williams

Founding Core Member of Austin Script Work. Produced plays include Dug Up (David MarkCohen award, Best Original Script, Austin Critics' Table), A Name for a Ghost to Mutter (Winner HarvestFestival of New Plays, and Larry L. King Award Best Texas Play), Fish (Top Ten Plays, Dallas Morning News) and Where Are They Now? (Best Drama, AustinCritics' Table). Her plays have been produced in Austin, Dallas, Georgetown, and Tyler, Texas; as well as in New York City, London, and Louisiana. With Refraction Arts Project, she collaborated on critically acclaimed scripts including The Assumption, Orange, Up In the Old Hotel, and The Metamorphosis. Her screenplay for Bright Shining City, Deeper and Deeper, was produced and nominated for Best Original Script in the World Music and Independent Film Festival. She is a member of the Acting Company at Austin Playhouse, and serves on the Artistic Advisory Boards for Salvage Vanguard Theater and Shrewd Productions. Her film work includes Room (Independent Spirit nomination for Best Lead Actress, Karen Morley Award), Temple Grandin, Four Play, The Preacher's Daughter, Computer Chess, Deeper and Deeper, and Zero Charisma.

Director of Marketing and Communications

Jon Perry

Doctoral student in American cultural history at Texas Christian University, who most recently served as marketing/public relations coordinator for the Tyler Museum of Art, following seven years as award-winning arts/ entertainment editor, chief film and theater critic, and columnist for Tyler Morning Telegraph; former drama critic for the Santa Fe New Mexican; 10 years as actor, director and designer in educational and regional theater in Texas.

Technical Director

Clarence Strickland

Retired Technical Director, scenic artists, and visual artist, faculty at Tyler Junior College for forty years with over one hundred plays directing and designing. A dramaturge of regional renown. Has conducted workshops and clinics all over Texas.

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 Contact Texas Dramatists

Dr. Marion Castleberry, Graduate Theatre Studies, Baylor
Phone: (254) 710-1861
e-Mail: Marion_Castleberry@baylor.edu

Dr. David W. Crawford, Professor, Theatre Department, Tyler Junior College
e-Mail: dwrightcrawford@gmail.com
Phone: (903) 510-2678

Judson Jones, Associate Director of Theatre East, Professor, Kanbar Institute of Film and Television, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU
e-Mail: jjones@theatreeast.org

Jon Perry
e-Mail: frogfan74@gmail.com

Clarence Strickland
e-Mail: cstrick@netzero.net

Cyndi Williams
e-Mail: cyndilu99@gmail.com


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