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.
"TEXAS DRAMATISTS PLAYWRITING COMPETITION"
CONTEST 2013-2014 STATUS REPORT
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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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
An example of a typical Saturday T. D. Reading:
Future Reading Dates
Houston: February 22, 2014
Call Board 2013/2014
We invite Texas playwrights to post news. Contact Jon Perry, email: email@example.com
Texas Educational Theatre Association
2012-2013 TETA Play Fest Results
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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