2014 Southampton International Theatre Workshops & Festival
Students in this 5-day workshop focus on the craft of playwriting under the mentorship of a master playwright. Approaches vary from instructor to instructor. The workshop culminates in participant readings, which are part of the Theatre Festival.
Workshops this Summer
DAVID ADJMI - Description to come
LESLIE AYVAZIAN & IVAN ANDERSON - Working spontaneously from prompts, participants create work that springs from both personal experience and imagination. The point is to stimulate thinking and investigate what's on our minds with an eye toward performance. At the end of the session, each participant will have the opportunity to present a portion of their work to the Conference community.
THEATRE FESTIVAL - The new Southampton International Theatre Festival brings together theatre artists from around the world to share, create, and present new works for the theatre. Our acclaimed faculty-artists, talented students and alumni collaborate during our vibrant summer session. Workshop attendees in all genres, day-pass Listeners, and community members gather to experience exciting new theatre work in various phases of development.
DAVID ADJMI was listed as one of the Top Ten in Culture for 2011 by The New Yorker magazine.His play Marie Antoinette received a critically acclaimed world premiere co-production with A.R.T. and Yale Rep and was remounted at Soho Rep in 2013. His play 3C( Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, June 2012) and was dubbed "revelatory" by the New York Times and “the most divisive and controversial play of the season” by the New York Post.Elective Affinities, which premiered at the Royal Shakespeare Company, received a U.S. premiere at Soho Rep starring Zoe Caldwell (Top 10 of the year in Time Out New York, New Yorker.) Other plays include Elective, (RSC, Soho Rep with Zoe Caldwell,) Stunning (LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company), The Evildoers (Sundance, Yale Repertory Theatre), Caligula (Soho Rep Studio Series), and Strange Attractors (Empty Space).
David was awarded a Mellon Foundation Playwrights Residency, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Whiting Writers’ Award, the Kesselring Prize for Drama, the Steinberg Playwright Award, among others.. He currently holds commissions from Lincoln Center Theater, Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep and the Royal Court, and he is the recipient of the 2012 Fadiman Award from Center Theatre Group.
A collection of David’s work, Stunning and Other Plays, is published by TCG, and his work is included in The Methuen Drama Book of New American Plays.
IVAN ANDERSON is a freelance writer and editor. He studied Literary Arts at Brown University, graduating with Honors in 2009. He serves as the Copy Chief of the online literary magazine Ronde del Dia! His work has been published by Bachelors of the Arts, Bon Mots and Blood, Biscuette, Paperweight Magazine and Steppin’ Out. Ivan is also the lead guitarist of the New York rock band SWEET FIX, whose exploits are documented on Ivan’s blog HeavyMetalHeartbreaker.com.
LESLIE AYVAZIAN’s full-length plays include NINE ARMENIANS (Manhattan Theatre Club, directed by Lynne Meadow - Outer Critics Critics Award, The John Gassner Award), SINGER’S BOY – (American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, directed by Cary Perloff), HIGH DIVE (Long Wharf Theatre, directed by David Warren), and MAKE ME (Atlantic Theatre, directed by Christian Parker). Her solo pieces include PLAN DAY and HELLO THERE MR.MACHINE (Ensemble Studio Theatre), FOOTLIGHTS (Vineyard Theatre), and IN MOTHERWORDS (Geffen Playhouse, Primary Stages). Leslie has received commissions from the Manhattan Theatre Club, South Coast Repertory Theatre and the Atlantic Theatre Co. And I have been a finalist for the Susan' Smith Blackburn Prize, twice.
As an actress, her credits include A NAKED GIRL ON THE APPIAN WAY on Broadway, as well as NEPTUNE’S HIPS at Ensemble Studio Theatre and SAFE AS HOUSES at the McCarter Theatre. Television credits include Damages, Law & Order: SVU, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Leslie teaches at Columbia University, and leads long-running writing groups in NYC.
Her new play OUT OF THE CITY will open at The Purple Rose Theatre Company and the Merrimac Repertory Theatre next season.
For Workshop Costs & to Apply See Application & Guidelines
* Faculty is subject to change.