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Frantic Assembly

Mark Taper Forum at LA’s Centre Theatre Group 50th Anniversary

MCC Theatre

St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn

The Everyman Theatre

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre

1st Stage Theater

59 E 59 Theater

Young Vic of London

Theatre Huntsville

Dance Place in Washington, D.C.

Alabama School of Fine Arts 50th Year Celebration

Rennie Harris at Baltimore Center Stage

Ronald Rand’s new book “CREATE! How Extraordinary People Live to Create and Create to Live”

What is FAFA? The Florence Academy of Fine Arts in Alabama

Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance – London’s International Drama School

Alabama Music Hall Of Fame

Historic Zodiac Playhouse — The “Z” in Florence, Alabama

Shoals Symphony Orchestra at UNA

“Grand Ball in the Belle Epoch” – Edwardian Period Style Salon

“You are led through your lifetime by the inner learning creature, the playful spiritual being that is your real self.”
– Richard Bach

“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.”
– Wilma Rudolph

“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”
– William Faulkner

“Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready.”
– Ernest Hemingway

“My favorite piece of music is the one we hear all the time if we are quiet.”
– John Cage

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre

Celebrating its 35th season, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, under artistic director Kate Snodgrass’ inspiring leadership, develops and promotes new productions fostering theatrical achievement in Boston and New England. The professional wing of the Playwriting Department at Boston University, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre continues producing productions by Boston University’s faculty and alumni of its Playwriting Program.


Prof. Kate Snodgrass and playwright Roman Noone lead a class

Nobel Laureate Sir Derek Walcott founded Boston Playwrights’ Theatre in 1981, and into the new century, they continue to offer five programs bases on the belief that the successful development, and promotion of new productions is instrumental to continuing further theatrical achievement in New England and nationwide.

Among the alumni include Russell Lees, Zayd Dohm, Molly Smith Metzier, Joyce Van Dyke, K. Alexa Mavromatis, Monica Bauer, Melinda Lopez, John Kuntz, and Sinan Unei. Past productions have included “Back the Night,” “Exposed,” “Absence” “Burning,” “The Sussman Variations,” “The Farm,” and “Walking the Volcano.”


Prof. Kate Snodgrass, Artistic Director

Boston University’s faculty workshops include: our @Play of New Works, promoting MFA playwrights with productions, and producing three new works by alumni playwrights, sponsoring the Boston Theater Marathon with fifty local theatre companies, presenting new ten-minute productions by New England writers, in a 10-hour event, with proceeds going to charity.

Sir Derek Walcott speaks to a class

Their recent season included: “Memorial” by Lillian Yeh, “The Atheist” “Ronan Noone,” “Faithless” by Andrew Joseph Clarke, “The Honey Trap” by Leo McGann, “Franklin” by Samantha Noble, and “Every Piece of Me” by Mary Conroy.

Chrstine Power and Abby Knipp in “Faithless”

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre’s current season includes:  “Lost Tempo” by Cliff Odle; Molly Smith Metzler’s “Elemeno Pea,” directed by Shana Gozansky; the world premiere of “Brawler” by Walt McGough,” directed by Bevin O’Gara, produced in collaboration with Kitchen Theatre Company;  and “The Rosenbergs (An Opera)” music by Joachim Holbek, libretto by Rhea Leman, directed by Dmitry Troyanovsky.

Georgia Lyman in “The Atheist”

For info: Boston Playwrights Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Ave. Boston MA 866-811-4111,

"It is a law of life that man cannot live for himself alone. Extreme individualism is insanity. The world's problems are also our personal problems. Health is achieved through maintaining our personal truth in a balanced relation of love to the rest of the world. No expression is more emblematic of this relation than the creative act which we call art. No art by its very constitution typifies the social nature of that creative act more than the theatre. The theatre, to be fully understood and appreciated, must be seen as a manifestation of this process of interchange between society and the individual. It must be judged as a continuous development of groups of individuals within society, a development which becomes richer, acquires greater force and value as it grows with the society in which it originates. Only in this way can the theatre nourish us.  - Harold Clurman

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