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YDC Playwright of the Week: Madhuri Shekar
Madhuri Shekar was born in California and grew up in India, and after a couple of quick detours in Singapore and London, made her first grown-up home in Los Angeles. She is currently based in New York City and is studying playwriting at Juilliard. She writes on themes of love, relationships and sexuality inspired by her cross-cultural background.
Her newest play QUEEN began its journey in the Center Theatre Group Writers’ Workshop, and will receive its World Premiere at Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago after being developed in their 2015 Ignition Festival. She has received two commissions from Atlanta’s Alliance Theater (BUCKET OF BLESSINGS and ANTIGONE, PRESENTED BY THE GIRLS OF ST. CATHERINE’S), which were both produced in subsequent seasons for their TYA programming. She has also been commissioned by the Kennedy Center and is currently under commission from South Coast Repertory.
She has an MFA in Dramatic Writing from USC, and a dual Master’s degree in Global Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and USC. She is a member of the Ma-Yi writers lab in New York, and a co-creator of the Shakespearean web series, TITUS AND DRONICUS.
Read more about Madhuri Shekar here.
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Yale Playwrights Festival 2018: Call for Scripts
Deadline for scripts: Monday, November 27, 2017, by 4 pm
Theater Studies office, 220 York, Room 102
Competition open to all Yale College students
Please submit your one-act and/or full-length script(s) in progress for consideration for the 2018 Yale Playwrights Festival, to be held February 16-17 in a series of public readings in the Off-Broadway Theater.
We are looking for unpublished, previously unproduced works in progress. Your script can be any length. But it should be far enough along to benefit from the mentorship of working writers in and out of Yale and then from a rehearsed reading in front of an audience.
On average, four to six festival scripts are selected by a panel of Yale faculty readers from those submitted. The author of each script is then assigned two mentors, one inside Yale, one outside Yale, professional writers who work with the student writer in the six to eight weeks before the festival.
(Please don’t submit a play that is finished and ready for production. Instead, take advantage of Yale’s unique support for student playwrights -- theaters! funds! amigos!--and produce it.)
Recent years’ YPF mentors include Clare Barron ’08, Neal Bell, Liliana Blain-Cruz, Amy Bloom, Amy Boratko, Daniel Egan, Barbara Hammond, Bobby Lopez ‘97, Tarell McCraney, Conor McPherson, Deb Margolin, Donald Margulies, Elise Morrison, Itamar Moses, Jeanie O’Hare, Jonathan Payne, Joseph Roach, Colette Robert ’03, Edwin Sánchez, Charles Smith, Margaret Spillane, Robert Stepto, Andrea Thome, Alice Tuan, Paula Vogel, Paul Walsh, Mac Wellman, Lauren Yee ‘07, and Anna Ziegler ’01.
You may submit more than one script. A hard copy is required. Be sure that the pages are stapled together and your name is on the title page. The type size of the dialogue should be at least 10 points, preferably 12. Leave your script(s) with May Brantley in the Theater Studies office, 220 York, Room 102.
The Yale Playwrights Festival is sponsored by the Marina Keegan Fund and Yale Theater Studies.
November 27, 4 pm: Scripts due to Mrs. Brantley, Theater Studies, 220 York Street
Mid-December: Festival writers notified
Mid-December to mid-February: Writers work on scripts
February 16-17: 2018 Yale Playwrights Festival, Off Broadway Theater
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The 2017 Yale Drama Coalition Board
January 1President: Abbey Burgess
Vice President: Josh Toro
Secretary: Lina Kapp
Treasurer: Danny Smooke
Publicity Chair: Cami Arboles
Yale School of Drama Liaison: Elaine Wang
Freshman Liaison: Tarek Ziad
Training & Career Coordinator: Erica Wachs
Development Officer: Carrie Mannino
Special Events Coordinators: Carlos Guanche, Zak Rosen