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About the Conference

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(L-R) Nick Mangano, John Patrick Shanley, Kate McMullan, Christina Lazaridi, Stephen Adly Guirgis

We are located in one of the most beautiful ocean side towns on the East Coast and draw upon the rich artistic community of Long Island’s East End, as well Manhattan. The village of Southampton offers fine restaurants and shopping, all just a stone’s throw from the Atlantic Ocean. Courtesy shuttles run regularly to the beach and downtown Southampton.

The summer conference workshops bring together the top theatre and film artists in the world. Our faculty and visiting artists have included David Adjmi, Edward Albee, Alan Alda,  Julie Andrews, Leslie Ayvazian, Jon Robin Baitz, Alec Baldwin, Annie Baker, Jason Robert Brown, Billy Carden, Rinde Eckert, Halley Feiffer, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Jack Hofsiss, Abigail Katz, Craig Lucas, Emily Mann, Terrence McNally, Nick Mangano, Joe Mantello, Kathleen Marshall, Marsha Norman, Austin Pendleton, Mercedes Ruehl, Anne Runolfsson, John Patrick Shanley, Lanford Wilson and  Mark Wing-Davey.

Theatre students also participate in events sponsored by our partner program in Creative Writing, whose equally impressive roster has included luminaries Billy Collins, Roger Rosenblatt, Ursula Hegi, Meg Wolitzer, Frank McCourt, Melissa Bank, Matthew Klam, Julie Sheehan, and Jules Feiffer.

directing workshopThere’s more. Post-event receptions are another chance to socialize with fellow workshop participants and our distinguished visiting artists. Late night open-mics round out the day with an opportunity to show your stuff.

The Southampton Theatre Conference and Script Development Lab are sponsored by the MFA in Theatre. Graduate credit is available to eligible students.   A limited number of partial scholarships are also available. See Applications & Guidelines.

Southampton Arts provides an idyllic setting for creative cross-pollination. Nowhere else can theatre artists mingle with and draw inspiration from creative artists across so many disciplines, from novelists and poets to filmmakers and visual artists.

Come and get your work done!