January 26, 2010

What I'm doing now: forming playwrights of color group

Via our Craigslist ad (h/t LaSmartOne):

Are you a playwright of color with little or no production experience?

A new weekly or bimonthly playwriting unit of 4-6 writers is forming with the objective of assisting in the development and critique of new work and to collectively explore avenues of production.

Once or twice a month, we will have an in-depth discussion of your script. This group will not only provide the accountability you need to get your first script on paper, but also feedback from other writers on perceived strengths and weaknesses, applications of drama theory, writing ideas and more. Occasionally, we may network with established writers and theater professionals. After a few months, we would like to self-produce a night of readings or a series of small-scale staged productions. We have full-time access to rehearsal loft space in Brooklyn.

We would prefer to work with writers on the more experimental/avant-garde scale. As of now, the group's plays deal heavily on the social and historical dynamics of race and racism but this isn't the only topic that interests us. Please, no Tyler Perry/urban drama/gospel plays. We welcome writers who take inspiration from the likes of Adrienne Kennedy, Suzan Lori-Parks, George C. Wolfe. We also welcome beginning and established playwrights writing traditionally structured plays like those of August Wilson, James Baldwin and Lorraine Hansberry. You should be queer-friendly but all sexual orientations are welcome and sexuality does not have to be a focus of your writing.

We hope you will join us in helping to build this collective. With dedication and directed energy to each other and to our craft, we can broadcast our voices and ensure each other's success.

 And wouldn't you know? We had a few people contact us, and we got our ad posted on InfiniteBody too!


  1. *squee*

    May all go well.

  2. Hello my name is Anthony Wills and I am very interested in your collective. My work tends to lean towards performance art I would love to send you a writing sample you can also read a little about me as a writer and performer at my website www.anthonywillsjr.com

  3. Thanks for your interest, Anthony. You can find more information about working with Crossroads Theatre Project here.