Dramatists Guild of America conference brings prominent playwrights to Chicago
The Dramatists Guild of America, the professional association for playwrights and musical-theater composers and lyricists, held its second-ever national conference in Chicago last weekend, bringing writers from around the country to the city for networking and professional development events and a taste of Chicago theater.
Panels covered a broad range of topics touching on the art of writing for the stage. David Ives (The School for Lies, The Liar), Carol Hall (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas), Winnie Holzman (Wicked) and Doug Wright (Grey Gardens, I Am My Own Wife) talked about adaptation and translation in one session; in another, Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights) and Bobby Lopez (Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon) mused on new forms in musical theater. But the business side of playwriting was much discussed as well, with panels on subjects like grant applications, self-production and intellectual property.
There were also keynote talks with director George C. Wolfe, playwrights Lisa Kron, Theresa Rebeck and Ives, and Steppenwolf artistic director Martha Lavey. Several panels were livestreamed online; archived videos can be found here.