For the past twenty-five years, the School of Theater at Ohio University has hosted the annual Seabury Quinn Jr. Playwrights Festival celebrating the plays written by the writers in the MFA playwriting program and featuring one-on-one mentorship for our students by nationally recognized playwrights and other leaders in new play development. The recent pandemic has forced us, as well as other theaters and universities around the country, to cancel these plans and explore new ways to give our writers a culminating experience with outside mentors in recognition of their work over the past year.
Artistic Roundtable Discussions will feature nationally recognized playwrights and other national leaders in new play development serving as mentors to eight Ohio University MFA playwrights. During each session, two nationally recognized mentors and one OHIO playwright will discuss the work the MFA playwright developed over the past year. These symposiums, scheduled for April 23, 24, and 25 will be open to the general public via Zoom. While Group Chat will be open during these sessions, all verbal interaction will be limited to the two mentors and the respective MFA playwright.
Explore full details of this MFA PLAYWRITING ARTISTIC ROUNDTABLE SERIES on the website OHIOPLAYWRITING.ORG.
This year's professional Mentors include Aaron Carter, playwright, TV writer and former artistic producer for Steppenwolf Theater Company; Beth Blickers, agent at APA; Kara Lee Corthron, playwright, author, and TV writer based in Los Angeles; Steven Dietz, one of the 20 most produced playwrights in America; Robert Barry Fleming, Executive Artistic Director of the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville; Martine Kei Green-Rogers, President of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas; Polly Hubbard, artistic producer for Steppenwolf Theater Company; Joy Meads, Literary Associate and Artistic Engagement Strategist at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles; and Tanya Palmer, Associate Professor of Dramaturgy at Indiana university and former Producer and Director of New Play Development at the Goodman Theatre.
Playwright graduate students include Olivia Matthews, Jordan Ramirez Puckett, Jean Egdorf, Skye Robinson Hillis, Ivan Mosley, Amanda Rockhold, and Klae Bainter will each have the chance to discuss their work with a pair of mentors over the three day series of public Zoom chat sessions. Explore and read each play linked in our schedule of events below.
Schedule of Events
Schedule Zoom discussions are open to the public, so please join and Listen to any or all of these at your convenience. The following is the schedule for the MFA Playwriting Artistic Roundtable Discussions. All times posted are Eastern Standard Time. Please review the plays (linked below) in advance of the discussions in order to track the perceptions and questions offered by the mentors.
THURSDAY, APRIL 23
All Thursday meetings on Zoom are accessible by clicking here, or open Zoom and input the Meeting ID: 877 265 080 and Password: 6efLEv
- 10:00 AM— Mentors Tanya Palmer and Robert Barry Fleming will discuss first-year playwright Ivan Mosley’s play, Kenyatta’s Party [PDF].
- 12:00 PM— Mentors Beth Blickers and Kara Corthron will discuss third-year playwright, 2019 Trisolini Fellowship recipient Jordan Ramirez Puckett’s thesis play, En Las Sombras [PDF].
- 2:00 PM— Mentors Beth Blickers and Polly Hubbard will discuss first-year playwright Amanda Rockhold’s play, Smoke or Everything We Don’t Say [PDF].
- 4:30 PM— Mentors Polly Hubbard and Joy Meads will discuss second-year playwright, and recipient of the 2020 Ohio University Trisolini Fellowship, Skye Robinson Hillis’ play, Go Like Saints [PDF]. (Recently interviewed for Ohio Fine Arts Talking Studio.)
FRIDAY, APRIL 24
All Friday meetings on Zoom are accessible by clicking here. Or open Zoom and input the Meeting ID: 935 7940 8167 and Password: 6efLEv
- 10:00 AM— Mentors Steven Dietz and Aaron Carter will discuss first-year playwright Klae Bainter’s play, Til Death Blooms True [PDF].
- 12:00 PM— Mentors Robert Barry Fleming and Aaron Carter will discuss second-year playwright John Hendel’s play, Magic Benji [PDF].
- 2:00 PM— Mentors Martine Kei Green-Rogers and Kara Corthron will discuss third-year playwright Jean Egdorf’s thesis play, Fusion and Fallout of the Nuclear Family [PDF].
SATURDAY, APRIL 25
The Saturday meeting on Zoom is accessible by clicking here. Or open Zoom and input the Meeting ID: 922 1249 6442 and password: 6efLEv