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Actor Ward Duffy’s credits include productions at New York’s Lincoln Center, New Dramatists, Manhattan Theater Club, Cherry Lane Theatre, and others. He has appeared regionally in SPEAKING IN TOUNGUES (Acclaim Award), OTHELLO (CEA Nomination), THE UNDERSTUDY (Acclaim Award), at the … Continue reading →
The annual Design Showcase East was held at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City a few weeks ago, and some great photos from the event were sent along to URTA. Design Showcase East is one of the major design/technology … Continue reading →
Where are our new plays coming from? The answer is, of course, many different places. That said, regional theaters have historically been a major source for new plays and playwrights. Unfortunately, new play development has increasingly become an unaffordable luxury … Continue reading →
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The University/Resident Theatre Association (URTA) advances theatre by connecting theatre training programs with the professional performing arts industry, promoting professional practices and artistic excellence in higher education, and assisting students with their transition into the profession.
Established in 1969, URTA is the nation's oldest and largest consortium of professional, graduate (MFA) theatre training programs and partnered professional theatre companies.
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URTA Presents Roundtable on University New Play Developement Programs at TCG June 6th
To be sure, universities have been in the new play development trenches for quite some time, but they are becoming ever more important, and exciting, new approaches are happening all the time.
University play development allows for collaboration with other artists—directors, actors, designers—much earlier in the process than a LORT premiere, as well as being able to offer more development time than the typical regional theater, and more production resources than the typical "reading" or "workshop". Such programs change the audiences' relationship to theatre – an active participant in a "preview" production versus a more passive engagement with a "premiere."
This week, at the TCG National Conference in Dallas, URTA will present the breakout session "Majoring in New Play Development", focused on the changing topography of developing new plays within graduate training programs and, in many cases, their partnered theatres. The session will include Benny Sato Ambush of Emerson College/Emerson Stage, Dan Carter of Pennsylvania State University/Penn Centre Stage, Anne D'Zmura of California State University, Long Beach/Cal Rep, and Jonathan Michaelsen of Indiana University. They'll discuss their successes in developing new work through their departments and theaters, as well as best practices they've come to from their own experiences. We'll learn from those attending the session what other models are emerging, or exist with a history of admirable results.
The session will take place this Thursday, June 6th at 3:45. For more information, click on over to TCG.org.
We hope you'll join our discussion about the exciting possibilities and approaches our university laboratories hold for developing new work and new artists!
Announcing the 2014 National Unified Auditions and Interviews Dates
January 25 - 28: (Acting, Directing and Stage Management ONLY)
January 30 - February 6: (Acting, Directing, Stage Management, Theatre Management, all Design/Tech)
February 8 - 9: (Acting ONLY)
We're not yet accepting applications, but watch this space for more information coming soon!
URTA’s 2013 National Unified Auditions and Interviews are over, and it was another great year for the candidates as well as the recruiters from our Member Institutions and our Guest Participants!
This year URTA held a sweepstakes sponsored by the Westin Chicago Michigan Avenue in which ten lucky audition/interview candidates were selected at random to receive $100 gift cards from Amazon!
The winners have been contacted and their gift cards are on the way. A hearty ‘thank you’ to all who participated, and congratulations to our winners!
For a list of the winning candidates, follow the link below.