Actors, Directors and Dramaturgs


Playwriting Symposium

Mid-America Theatre Conference, March 3-6, 2011


(Click HERE for a .pdf version of the CFP)

Mid-America Dramatists Lab

The Playwriting Symposium of the Mid-America Theatre Conference seeks directors, actors, and dramaturgs to participate in our Mid-America Dramatists Lab, which produces a series of staged readings of new ten-minute plays.

The conference-wide theme is “Company,” a term that multiply suggests artistic collaborations, commercial endeavors, and ethical possibilities. By nature, theatre obliges those who practice, teach, and study it to engage all of these different senses of company simultaneously.  Efforts to preserve artistic relationships within the theatre must complement appeals to audiences beyond the theatre.  The company we keep, in other words, hinges upon the company we provide.  Although we encourage playwrights to consider the all-conference theme as food for thought, unrelated submissions will certainly be considered.

This is a juried event and the call for Directors, Actors, and Dramaturgs, is directed primarily at academic theatre artists who are either faculty or graduate students who seek to participate in New Play Development alongside their peers. The plays will be rehearsed and presented as concert readings at the conference.

All theatre artists who are selected to participate in this event must register for the conference. There is no funding from the conference for travel or lodging costs. The Mid-America Theatre Conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, MN from March 3-6, 2011.


ACTORS: Please submit a headshot (jpg), resume, and a letter describing the types of roles you usually play and what kinds of roles you might be interested in exploring at the conference.

DIRECTORS: Please submit a resume or CV detailing directing experience and a one page (or less) letter describing your experience and approach to directing and developing new work. Describe the kinds of projects you might find interesting to explore at this conference.

DRAMATURGS: Please submit a resume or CV and a one page (or less) letter describing your dramaturgy experience both with new work and in other capacities. Describe the kinds of projects you might find interesting to explore at this conference.

Submit by e-mail only (MS Word File in “doc” format—NOT “docx” please; or as a PDF) to all three of the following addresses: (Season Ellison, Co-Chair), (Jane Purse-Wiedenhoeft, Co-Chair), and (Sarah Crockarell, Graduate Liaison).

All submissions must be received by October 1, 2010.

Acceptance will be acknowledged in January 2011.

Please direct all questions to: Season Ellison, Co-Chair ( or 330-263-2028).