YDC Playwright of the Week: Dipika Guha
Dipika Guha was born in Calcutta and raised in India, Russia and the United Kingdom. She is a Hodder Fellow at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University for the year 2017-2018 and was the inaugural recipient of the Shakespeare’s Sister Playwriting Award with the Lark Play Development Center, A Room of Her Own and Hedgebrook. Her plays include Yoga Play (South Coast Repertory Theatre, KILROYS LIST ’17), The Rules (SF Playhouse), The Art of Gaman (Berkeley Rep Ground Floor ’16, KILROYS LIST ’16, Relentless Award Semi-Finalist), I Enter the Valley (Theatreworks New Play Festival, Southern Rep New Play Festival), Mechanics of Love (Crowded Fire Theatre, Two by For, NYC) and Blown Youth (published by Playscripts). Most recently her work has been developed at Playwrights Horizons, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Roundabout Underground, McCarter Theatre’s Sallie B. Goodman Residency, New Georges, Shotgun Players, the Sam French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, Southern Rep, 24 Hour Plays on Broadway and the Magic Theatre amongst others. Dipika has been the recipient of several residencies and fellowships including the Djerassi Residency Program, the Hermitage Retreat, Ucross, SPACE at Ryder Farm and a Dramatists Guild Fellowship. She is an alumnus of Ars Nova Playgroup, the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, the Women’s Project Lab and the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. She was recently a visiting artist at the Schell Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School, is a resident playwright at the Playwrights Foundation, San Francisco and a Core Writer at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis. MFA: Yale School of Drama under Paula Vogel.
Current Commissions: Manhattan Theatre Club/Sloan, South Coast Rep, Theatre First Berkeley, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, ACT and Z Space, Barrington Stage Company, Oregon Symphony, New Conservatory Theatre Center, Playwrights Horizons Theatre School and McCarter Theatre’s Princeton and Slavery Project. She is also developing a piece about Francesca Woodman with Rachel Dickstein and Ripetime.
Dipika wrote on American Gods, the series adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel for Starz. She is currently writing on Paradise Lost for AMC.
Read more about Dipika Guha here.
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The 2018 Yale Drama Coalition Board
January 30President: Abbey Burgess
Co-Vice Presidents: Zak Rosen, Jacob Yoder-Schrock
Treasurer: Jocelyn Wexler
Publicity Chair: Camille Umoff
Yale School of Drama Liaison: Samara Angel
First Year Liaisons: Marty Chandler, Vanessa Copeland
Training & Career Coordinator: Angela Barel di Sant'Albano
Development Officer: Eden Mendelsohn
Special Events Coordinators: Grace Zdeblick, Ryan Benson
Technical Outreach Coordinator: Yasmin Almadeen
Website Consultant: Josh Toro
Llamas-at-Large: Erica Wachs, Tarek Ziad
2017-2018 Casting Call Days
June 1The Yale Drama Coalition is pleased to announce the dates for the Coordinated Casting Call Days for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Casting Call Days for the 2017–2018 academic year are
Sunday, September 10, 12pm
Sunday, November 5, 12pm
Monday, December 11, 12pm
Sunday, January 28, 12pm
All productions wishing to utilize the YDC resources must fully participate in the Casting Cycle and need to contact the YDC president, Abbey Burgess and post their show on the YDC website at least one week before the scheduled time of the start of the Casting Call Day.
Auditions and callbacks may be held at the production team's convenience, but actors may not be offered roles until the start of the Casting Call Day. On this day, all production teams will begin their call process in a block or rooms reserved by the YDC where impartial YDC facilitators will be available if any casting conflicts arise. If actors are offered or pressured to accept roles before the given call date in a cycle, or are not given a reasonable grace period in which to make a decision, they can and should contact the Yale Drama Coalition Board.
A full description of the casting call day is available here and any questions can be directed to Abbey Burgess.