Indiana Playwrights Circle Bimonthly Events

July 12, 2020

Presenter: Phoenix Theatre and Indiana Playwrights Circle
Time: 5:00 PM EST
Location: Zoom (you'll receive invite info after you register)
Cost: Free

Sign up for Phoenix Theatre Night at the Indiana Playwrights Circle (IPC)

Join us for an open Zoom meeting of the IPC as we welcome members of the playwriting education team from the Phoenix Theatre to talk about their work as playwrights.

The Phoenix Theatre is currently offering summer playwriting classes as part of its ARC series, and their instructors (Jennifer Blackmer and Tom Horan) will be with us in Zoom to share how they got started as playwrights, to tell us about their first big “break” and to provide suggestions for aspiring playwrights.  

We are also excited to have Bill Simmons, the artistic director of the Phoenix Theatre as a special guest.  He will talk about what is going on with the Phoenix during this difficult time for theatres and also give us some insight as to what he looks for when he reads a new play for possible production.

Anyone can attend, IPC members, non-members, friends, family and wannabes!

The session will take place Sunday night, July 12 at 5 PM EST in Zoom.  Sign up.   The session is free, but for security reasons, we are asking participants to sign up in advance here on this webpage. We will send you a confirmation email within approximately 24 hours with the Zoom link and a password to join.  

May 3, 2020

Bi-monthly meeting

Sign up for a virtual gathering of the Indiana Playwrights Circle!

All are welcome for this virtual (Zoom) meeting on Sunday, May 3, at 5 PM EST.

We will have special guest New York playwright Donna Hoke joining us via Zoom.  She will be talking to us about creating relationships that will enable us to continue our work when theater creaks back to life after the pandemic crisis has abated.  Donna will challenge us to think of this time strictly as social distancing but not isolation and talk about what work is going to be useful and relevant two years from now.   Members can then reflect on the relationship they need to be building during this time.

We are honored to have Donna join us virtually.   Her work as a writer has been seen in 47 states and on five continents,  She has been nominated for both the Primus and Blackburn Prizes, and is a three-time winner of the Emanuel Fried Award for Outstanding New Play (SEEDS, SONS & LOVERS, ONCE IN MY LIFETIME). She has also received an Individual Artist Award from the New York State Council on the Arts to develop HEARTS OF STONE, and, in its final three years, Artvoice named her Buffalo's Best Writer—the only woman to ever receive the designation.

In addition, Andy Black, founder of the Indiana Playwrights Circle, will present an interactive tutorial on the Seven Key Elements of Narrative using Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as his teaching model.

Our meetings usually last about 90 minutes and we promise to keep this virtual meeting fast-paced and interactive.

Sign up for the May 3 virtual gathering of the Indiana Playwrights Circle

See you all on Sunday, May 3!

March 1, 2020

Bi-monthly meeting

Free and open to the public! 

"How to submit your play (to festivals, contests and theatres)."
Mark Harvey Levine (produced playwright and Dramatists Guild Ambassador) will talk about how to submit your play(s) when they are ready to be sent out—identifying places to send it and creating a submission packet. Tom Horan (Playwriting professor at Ball State and Resident Playwright at the Phoenix Theatre) will lead us in a writing exercise.
Come network with other playwrights, learn about the submission process, pick up a writing tip or two, and celebrate the success of the many central Indiana playwrights who are getting their work out there.
5 PM EST at the Broadway United Methodist Church. First-timers and other theatre artists (directors, actors, tech folk) are enthusiastically encouraged to attend.

January 5, 2020

Bi-monthly meeting

Free and open to the public! 

Calling all playwrights, directors, actors, and producers!

From Page to Stage - Getting your show produced!

So you’ve written your great American play – and you've secured a local production at Fringe or in a local theatre. How do you go about producing your play for the stage? Toiling alone in your office struggling to tell your story by putting lyrical, pithy, dialogue in the mouths of your characters is one thing – getting it produced on a stage in a theatre is quite another.

The Indiana Playwrights Circle is holding a large group meeting on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, at 5:00 at Broadway United Methodist Church. June McCarty Clair will be discussing all of the ins and outs of producing a play, and sharing her personal experiences. She will be joined by Spencer Elliott, local director who will talk about working with new plays and playwrights from a director's eye view. We would like to invite all playwrights, directors and actors to this event.

June McCarty Clair has produced and directed many plays – in theatres, schools, and churches, over the course of her forty plus theatrical career. She has produced and/or directed shows in locales as varied as the UpperStage of the IRT, public and private schools, and intimate stages in Carmel and Indianapolis. Spencer Elliott is a local director, actor, lighting designer, and sound designer who has worked with numerous theatrical companies around central Indiana. He is currently the director of Heritage Christian School’s theater program.

We will also have a directors / playwright meet and greet and invite local directors who like working with new playwrights to come introduce themselves as part of the networking aspect of this event.

November 3, 2019

Bi-monthly meeting

Free and open to the public! Join us for a talk with IndyFringe President and CEO, Pauline Moffet, on November 3rd, 2019, at 5:00 p.m., at the Broadway United Methodist Church. Pauline will discuss opportunities for local playwrights, including: 

  • Playwriting seminar: January 18
  • DivaFest: Kickoff, February 8; Marketing workshop, March 14; festival, April 17-26
  • Ten Minute Play Festival: May 1-3
  • OnyxFest: African-American playwrights festival, May 15-25

And much more! 

We will also have panelists who have participated in DivaFest and other Fringe fests who will speak about their experiences there and field questions. There will also be a short writing activity and networking opportunities. 

 IndyFringe Broadway United Methodist Church

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