SPEAKING OF MAKING
Discussion of playwrights' work and process.
Saturday, January 23th, 5:30pm
Bosch Experience Center at Serenbe
Free & open to the public
Serenbe Playhouse and AIR Serenbe are proud to announce a new play development program unlike any other: the 1st Annual New Territories Playwriting Residency, a writers-in-residence program for outdoor, site-specific plays. New Territories will bring three playwrights to Chattahoochee Hills, GA to develop new outdoor, site-specific theatre from January 17-30, 2016. While the primary goal of the New Territories Playwriting Residency is to provide a nurturing and supportive space for playwrights to develop new environmental work, Serenbe Playhouse also commits to further developing one or more of these plays in subsequent seasons. By supporting playwrights who share mission and vision, the Playhouse will continue to cement its reputation for exciting, innovative performances of groundbreaking American plays – all in concert with AIR Serenbe’s commitment to artists and their creative process.
The New Territories Playwriting Residency, developed by Serenbe Playhouse’s Artistic DirectorBrian Clowdus, AIR Serenbe’s Director Brandon Hinman and playwright Tira Palmquist, builds on the core focus of Serenbe Playhouse: producing artistically rich outdoor, site-specific performances. “After the premiere of my play Ten Mile Lake at the Playhouse, I realized that Serenbe would be the perfect place for a writer’s residency,” said Palmquist, “and that the company’s mission to produce site specific theater could provide the perfect inspiration for new work.” Palmquist will serve as New Territories on-site dramaturg and program facilitator.
Serenbe Playhouse and AIR Serenbe are excited to announce the playwrights for the inaugural year: Joe Calarco, Liz Duffy Adams and David Hilder. “Serenbe Playhouse selects material and performance locations hand in hand. We have a strong mission to expand our support of new works,” says Clowdus. “The playwrights are coming with a blank page. They’ll explore Serenbe and choose a location that inspires them. That inspiration will spark their pen to paper creating a work that goes hand in hand with the environment they have chosen with the long term possibility of developing into a fully realized production as part of our main stage season.” In addition, Serenbe’s resident apprentice acting company will be available for cold reads and table work of the plays being developed.
“We are continually floored by the caliber of artists working with Serenbe Playhouse,” says Brandon Hinman. “In 2015 we partnered with the Playhouse to host a residency for Broadway set designer Adam Koch. It was exciting to see Adam have the space and time to dig deeper into the land here in Georgia, cultivate his own practice, and elevate the caliber of the Playhouse’s future productions. An ongoing commitment of our program is to provide residencies for artists—some who have never done a residency—at pivotal spots in their careers. It is this deep investment in the creative process that grounds our vision. We like to say the work of AIR Serenbe is to nurture critical moments of imagination—New Territories will do just that.”