New Territories Playwriting Residency
Serenbe Playhouse and AIR Serenbe Announce
The 2nd Annual Playwriting Residency
2017 Playwrights: Joe Calarco, Jami Brandli and A. Rey Pamatmat
Serenbe Playhouse and AIR Serenbe (the artist-in-residence program at Serenbe) are proud to announce the 2nd year of a new play development program unlike any other: the New Territories Playwriting Residency, a Writers-in-Residence Program for Outdoor, Site-Specific Plays. For the second year, New Territories will bring three writers to Chattahoochee Hills, GA to develop new outdoor, site-specific theater.
Since 2009, Serenbe Playhouse’s programs have aimed to reduce the barriers between artists and audiences by immersing patrons in an environment that amplifies the beauty of nature, and provides opportunities for engagement, conversation, and collaboration. The New Territories Playwriting Residency will continue these aims of engagement, conversation and collaboration by developing new outdoor, site-specific work and by supporting playwright who share that vision – in concert with AIR Serenbe’s commitment to artists and their creative process.
While the primary goal of the New Territories Program is to provide a nurturing and supportive retreat 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.
This year’s cohort of playwrights are Joe Calarco, A. Rey Patmatmat, and Jami Brandli. “Serenbe Playhouse selects material and performance locations hand in hand. We have a strong mission to expand our support of new works and New Territories will do just that,” said 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 mainstage season.” Tira Palmquist will return this year to be the program’s on-site director and dramaturg. In addition, Serenbe’s resident apprentice acting company will be available for cold reads and table work of the plays being developed. Finally, Serenbe Playhouse will host an informal reading of the works in progress with the Serenbe and the Atlanta community.
2017 Events: Free and open to the public
Speaking of Making – Hosted by AIR Serenbe
Saturday, January 28, 2017 • 11:00am
Serenbe Institute Studio
9065 Selborne Lane
Chattahoochee Hills, GA 30268
JAMI BRANDLI (Playwright): Plays include Technicolor Life, S.O.E., M-Theory, ¡SOLDADERA!, Sisters Three, A Merry Little Christmas and BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!) which was named in The Kilroys Top 46 List in 2014. Her work has been produced/developed at New Dramatists, WordBRIDGE, The Lark, New York Theatre Workshop, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Launch Pad, The Antaeus Company, Chalk REP, The Road, among other venues. Winner of John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award, Holland New Voices Award and Aurora Theatre Company’s GAP Prize. Most recently, Technicolor Life premiered at REP Stage as part of the 2015 Women’s Voices Theater Festival. She’s been a finalist for the 2016 PEN Literary Award for Drama, Playwrights’ Center Core Writer Fellowship, Princess Grace Award, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and the Disney ABC TV Fellowship and was also nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award. Her short works are published with TCG and Smith & Kraus. A proud member of the Playwrights Union, the Antaeus Playwrights Lab, and The Dramatist Guild, Jami teaches dramatic writing at Lesley University’s low-residency MFA.
JOE CALARCO (Playwright): Published works include In The Absence Of Spring (also included in The Best Stage Scenes of 2004), Shakespeare’s R&J (Lucille Lortel Award), Walter Cronkite is Dead, and his short plays, Just A Little Sniffle and Parting Gifts. Two collections of his plays for young audiences, My Vacation in Paris, Salat, Civil Wars, Aftershock, Shakespeare, Will, Image is Everything, Revolution, Hero Worship and Veni, Vidi, Vici, will soon be published by Samuel French. Other adaptations include A Midsummer Nights Dream and Antigone Renewed (first workshop at the National Theater in London.) His play A Measure of Cruelty was nominated for the Carbonell Award as Best New Work. Monologues from Walter Cronkite is Dead and A Measure of Cruelty are included in The Best Stage Monologues of 2013. His play Separate Rooms was invited to be part of the Page to Stage Festival at the Kennedy Center and he’s the book writer for the theater/dance piece Wolf (Theater Raleigh). He wrote the book for the musicals Golden Gate with composer/lyricist Richard Pearson Thomas (developed at Second Stage with a reading at Lincoln Center) and The Mysteries of Harris Burdick with composer Chris Miller and lyricist Nathan Tysen, which premiered in London in conjunction with Mercury Musical Developments, and premiered in the U.S at Barrington Stage Company. He was a contributing book writer of The Audience (Drama Desk Nomination) for The Transport Group. Upcoming: The musical SCKBSTD with songs by Bruce Hornsby and Chip Dematteo, Home Front: a play with songs with composer/lyricist Matt Conner and his latest full-length play In The Attic. He was resident playwright at Expanded Arts for two years and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. He is Director of New Works and Resident director at Signature Theatre in Arlington Virginia.
A. REY PAMATMAT (Playwright): His play House Rules premiered at Ma-Yi Theatre, and his play after all the terrible things I do was produced in About Face’s 25th Anniversary Season, both in Spring 2016. Recently, his work was celebrated in Boston where the Huntington and Company One Theatres presented after all and Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them concurrently in the Calderwood Pavilion. Edith premiered at the Humana Festival, received the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Citation, and was nominated for GLAAD Media and Lambda Literary Awards. Rey’s plays A Power Play; Or, What’s-its-name and Thunder Above, Deeps Below were developed at the O’Neill, and his shorts appeared in 59E59’s Summer Shorts 2016, New Black Fest’s Facing Our Truth, The Mysteries at The Flea, Actors Theatre of Louisville’s New Play Project, and two Humana Festival anthologies. Other productions: Thunder Above, Deeps Below (Second Generation), A Spare Me (Waterwell), DEVIANT (
TIRA PALMQUIST (Program Facilitator): Tira’s plays include Two Degrees, Ten Mile Lake (Serenbe Playhouse), Age of Bees (MadLab Theater, Tesseract), And Then They Fell, and others. Ten Mile Lake is a finalist for the 2015 Primus Prize. Two Degrees has been featured in numerous festivals, including the New American Voices festival in the UK, the Caltech 2014 Mach 33 Festival and the 2014 Great Plains Theater Conference, and will be featured in the Denver Center’s New Play Summit 2016. And Then They Fell was workshopped by Brimmer Street (Los Angeles, 2015) and the UMass New Play Lab (2014), and will have its premiere at Brimmer Street in Los Angeles in 2016. Ten Mile Lake, which premiered in 2014 at Serenbe Playhouse just outside of Atlanta, GA, was developed and workshopped in 2012 at the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference. Age of Bees premiered at MadLab Theater in 2012 (and was named Best Original Work by the Other Papers “Best of 2012” list), and was subsequently produced in 2015 at the Tesseract Theater in St. Louis. Age of Bees is now available through Original Works Publishing. Her work has been developed by Seven Devils, Inkwell, 9Thirty Theater, The Road Theater, EST-LA and the Theatricum Botanicum Seedlings program. Tira teaches creative writing at the Orange County School of the Arts. She is a member of the Playwrights Union, the EST-LA’s Playwrights Unit, the Antaeus Theater’s Playrights Lab and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. www.tirapalmquist.com
About New Territories:
The New Territories Playwriting Residency, developed by Serenbe Playhouse’s Artistic Director Brian 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: Liz Duffy Adams, Edith Freni 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 and New Territories will do just that,” said 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,” said 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 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.”
Serenbe Playhouse is proud to add this new program to its many recent achievements. Recently, Serenbe Playhouse was awarded one of the 2015 National Theatre Company grants from the American Theatre Wing, best known as the creator of the Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards. In addition, the Playhouse received an award from the NEA to produce the summer site-specific biopic musical Evita, and was also awarded a grant from Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) as part of its Partner and Project grant funding for fiscal year 2016.
AIR Serenbe is pleased to add this residency to its offerings. In 2016, they will launch their new Focus Fellowships initiative, with nine award residencies granted to individual artists of every discipline, from throughout the nation. The first in this lineup is Anis Mojgani, poet/illustrator and recipient of The Institute for Child Success Focus Fellowship. Later in the year, AIR Serenbe will offer a project residency to New Orleans-based performance group New Noise and will also partner with Serenbe Film to host 2016’s Atlanta Film Festival Screenwriter’s Retreat.
Since 2007, AIR Serenbe has nurtured the creative process by providing artists with uninterrupted time & space and a welcoming community in which to create. Since 2009, Serenbe Playhouse’s programs have aimed to reduce the barriers between artists and audiences by immersing patrons in an environment that amplifies the beauty of nature, and provides opportunities for engagement, conversation, and collaboration. The New Territories Playwriting Residency will continue these modes of production and immersion by developing new outdoor, site-specific work and by supporting playwright who share that vision.