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Gary Garrison, Executive Director of Creative Affairs, Roland Tec, Director of Membership, Tari Stratton, Director of Events & Education and Caterina Bartha, Director of Finance will be in Chicago for a weekend of Dramatists Guild events to which all composers, lyricists, librettists and playwrights (regardless of Guild member status) are invited.

On Friday evening, September 14th at 6:30 PM at Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602Gary Garrison, Roland Tec, Tari Stratton, Caterina Bartha and Douglas Post, Chicago Regional Rep, will lead a Town Hall Meeting, updating local dramatists on the past year's Guild efforts to protect and promote dramatists' interests while fielding questions and suggestions from attendees on whatever they feel is most important at this time.

Following the Town Hall, at 8 PM in the same location there will be a Songwriter/Bookwriter Exchange providing an informal opportunity for songwriters and/or composer-lyricist teams to meet playwrights and/or librettists with an interest in creating new music theatre. On Saturday, September 15th Roland Tec will offer his popular Self-Production Boot Camp, an all-day workshop for those who are ready to take the exciting leap from page to stage by shepherding a project through every stage of production all the way through to closing night and balancing the books.

Please note: The Town Hall Meeting is open and requires no reservation. Both the Self-Production Boot Camp and the Songwriter/Bookwriter Exchange have very specific criteria and requested support materials and are offered to a limited number of applicants. Please take the time necessary to properly assess the benefit of your participation in either or both before submitting your application for review. If you choose to apply to both the Exchange and the Boot Camp, please indicate which is your first choice event, should we be unable to accomodate all requests for slots.


Songwriter/Bookwriter Exchange

Friday, September 14th at 8PM
Randolph Cafe, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602

The purpose of the Exchange is for songwriters to share their work with scriptwriters seeking collaboration on new works of musical theatre.

12 songwriters will perform one song each. 12 playwrights in the early stages of developing a new musical, for which they have not yet found a composer or lyricist, will be invited to share a brief synopsis with the group. The Exchange will be moderated by Dramatists Guild Director of Membership, Roland Tec.

Please read the following carefully before reserving a spot.
For Composers and Composer/Lyricists: You must have one song (no longer than 5 min.) ready to be performed live for the group.  Please specify if you wrote the lyrics, music or both.  Composer-lyricist teams are welcome to attend provided that they are seeking a bookwriter to collaborate with. If you do not wish to perform your own song, you may bring a singer and/or a pianist, as needed. Unfortunately, CDs or other audio recordings are not suited to the nature of this event. All songs must be performed live. Please indicate when you RSVP whether you will be performing your own song, or bringing performers and if so, please specify their names and what they will be doing, (e.g. Piano: Joe Schmoe, Vocals: Jane Doe, etc.) Composers and composer-lyricist teams must submit a PDF of the sheet music to their song to reserve a spot. Also, please submit a brief bio (250 words, max.) outlining your professional accomplishments to date. In the case of a songwriting team, please be sure to include a bio for each contributor.
Please include the subject line: "Chicago Songwriter" when emailing your materials.

For Playwrights and Bookwriter/Lyricists: You must have a musical project in the works for which you are seeking a composer. This can be as far along as a script that you feel is complete and just needs music to a general idea for a musical you'd like to write but on which you have not yet begun working. NOTE: If you have a project with a composer already attached, this event is not for you. Playwrights should provide both a brief bio (250 words, max.) outlining your professional accomplishments to date and a brief project synopsis (250 words, max). Be prepared to talk about the project you imagine and the type of collaboration you envision.  If you are also a lyricist, please submit one pdf of a lyric sample, either from the proposed project or a previous project.
Please include the subject line: "Chicago Bookwriter" when emailing your materials.

Interested Guild members should submit their materials to Rebecca Stump, Membership Assistant at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Submission Deadline: July 20, 2012.

Participants will be notified of their acceptance into the workshop by August 31, 2012

Reservations by email only. Spots will be reserved by a lottery of applicants but an RSVP WITHOUT all the required supporting materials will not be accepted.

Please include either the applicable words "Chicago Songwriter" or "Chicago Bookwriter" in the subject heading of your email.


DG Self-Production Boot Camp – Chicago Style

Saturday, September 15, 2012: 10AM – 6PM
at The Theatre School at DePaul University, 2135 N. Kenmore Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

Now in its third year, this all-day intensive will focus on preparing a project for low-budget independent production. Participants will begin the process of putting together the essential elements of a successful production, covering topics such as: budgeting, hiring, casting, PR and scheduling.

The group will break up into small groups to complete certain tasks; however the majority of the work and discussion will be conducted with the entire group of participants throughout the day.

The Self-Production Boot Camp will begin at 10AM on Saturday, September 15, 2012 and run until 6PM, with a one-hour break for lunch. Lunch will not be prvided by the Guild. $35 for Guild Members, $175 for non-Guild members, payable in advance. Slots in the Boot Camp are assigned to projects, not people, so it is possible for multiple players to attend on behalf of a single show. The Boot Camp is open to all creative individuals who would be deemed part of the core founding team. These could include (but need not): playwrights, composers, lyricists, librettists, producers, directors and dramaturges. (Please note: Teams applying must pay a registration fee for each collaborator attending the Boot Camp).
About the Instructor:

Roland Tec has over 20 years experience as a producer of theatre, film and opera. For more than a decade he served as Artistic Director of Boston's New Opera Theatre Ensemble. He has produced on various scales of budget ranging from Showcase Code productions to multi-million dollar budgeted films both in the U.S. and in co-productions abroad. He has appeared at numerous international film festivals and has taught or lectured at the Institute of Contemporary Art, the 92nd Street Y, Brandeis University, Boston University, the United Nations and Harvard University, among others.

How to Apply:
Guild members with a production-ready project are encouraged to submit the following materials for review:

I. A single PDF submission packet which should includes the following:
a) Statement of Purpose.  This should include the project's production or reading history to date and an overview of the type of production you envision for this particular project. NB: If there are already collaborators attached, be they co-authors as in a musical, or other producers, please include them in your statement, naming them and detailing their involvement in the project. Whenever possible, collaborators are encouraged to attend the Boot Camp together so as to maximize the benefits. Collaborators need not be Guild members.)
b) Brief Synopsis. Not to exceed 500 words in length.
c) Character Breakdown.
d) Complete Contact information for all applicants.

II. The first 10 pages of your script. (PDF format preferred. Musicals are welcome, however please do not submit mp3s. Sheet music, if available, is welcome, but not required.)
The support materials provided in your application will be circulated to all participants in the workshop. All participants will be expected to have thoroughly reviewed the submission packets of all the projects prior to the Self-Production Boot Camp so if your schedule does not permit several hours of prep time, please do not apply.

To apply: email both items I & II listed above to Rebecca Stump, Membership Assistant at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text23312 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please include the subject line: "Chicago Boot Camp" when emailing your materials.

Submission Deadline: July 20, 2012

Participants will be notified of their acceptance into the workshop by August 31, 2012.

Once accepted you will be contacted for payment information.


Because these events are open to both Dramatists Guild of America members and non-members, feel free to forward this email to friends and colleagues who may be interested. Please note: whenever possible preference is given to Guild members over non-Guild members.