You’re an avid theatergoer who would like to try your hand at playwriting. Or a playwright who has moved to Western New York. Or a novelist looking to try a new genre. For whatever reason one decides to write a play, finding fellow playwrights to commune with, places to send your work, and continuing education are ongoing challenges. While Western New York isn’t exactly a playwriting mecca, there are a few resources you should be aware of:
Playwrights of Western New York Facebook page:
For all WNY dramatists and WNY theater community members interested in the activities of WNY dramatists. We share events, as well as local calls for work.
Official Playwrights of Facebook
A larger, international group for keeping tabs on the industry, submission opportunities, trends, and more.
The Dramatists Guild
The only national professional organization for playwrights offers members legal advice, a monthly magazine, resource directory, and discounts on online and in-person classes through the Dramatists Guild Institute (useful because there are currently no local playwriting groups or workshops).
Your local representative (who also serves on Dramatists Guild Council) is Donna Hoke. If you’re new to the area, need local theater info, information on the Guild, or just need to talk playwriting, reach her at email@example.com (and get on her mailing list).
Buffalo Writers Theater
Produces an annual series based on a prompt; visit page for details and contact info.
Springville Center of the Arts
SCA produces an annual weekend of ten-minute plays by local writers. Watch for the call on Playwrights of WNY Facebook page.
Regularly produces new plays and runs a new play contest each year for both full-length and one-act plays
Road Less Traveled Productions
Offers developmental residencies for regional playwrights
Medaille Summer Theatre Camp
This playwright-led summer program is specifically for young writers (12-17) interested in writing and performing their own new plays.