Hamilton Dramaturgy's TheatreNow!


TheatreNow! Podcast with Rae Smith

Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! is a podcast series featuring some of the most exciting women artists working in the theatre today.  Anne Hamilton is the producer and host.  You may listen to the podcasts and read the transcripts at http://hamiltondramaturgystheatrenow.com

Interview with Rae Smith, Set and Costume Designer

(Season 3, Episode 2, Recorded January 13, 2012)

Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! Podcast with Rae Smith

Welcome to Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! This is a podcast series featuring some of the most exciting women artists working in the theatre today. I am your host, Anne Hamilton. Today, our guest is Rae Smith. This Olivier and OBIE award-winning British designer works regularly in a wide variety of styles and genres. This diversity has taken her from Slovenia to Broadway. Her theatre designs are frequently seen in Britain in the West End, at the National Theatre, the Royal Court, the Lyric Hammersmith, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Theatre de Complicité and in a variety of experimental theatre companies. She also works regularly in some of the world’s great opera houses. She won the 2012 Tony ® Award for Best Scenic Design of a play for WAR HORSE.

Download the transcript here:

Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! Interview with Rae Smith

Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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LPTW’s TheatreNow! Webpage

Many thanks to the League of Professional Theatre Women, which has given TheatreNow! its own webpage at https://theatrewomen.org/theatrenow-podcasts. Read how my membership in the League influenced my creation of the podcast series. The League is the nation’s premiere professional organization for women working in all aspects of the theatre.

LPTW and TheatreNow!

I conceived of TheatreNow! in 2009 while serving as the Co-Secretary of the League of Professional Theatre Women. I was so excited to attend meetings and converse with terrific theatre artists and learn about their experience and new projects. I started to think about how wonderful it would be to record these conversations and share them with the public in order to preserve important events in contemporary American theatre history.

So I decided to download some free recording software and use available resources on the internet to record some interviews. I happened to meet Quiara Alegría Hudes’ mother, and asked for her daughter’s contact information. Quiara was happy to give me an interview, and so, TheatreNow! was launched. I followed the inaugural podcast with interviews with women whose careers I felt were interesting and important.

I made sure to include women from many different disciplines, and even now I actively seek out women of different races, nationalities and professions in order to give a balanced and inclusive sampling of contemporary theatre practice.

And so, TheatreNow! grew from one half-hour recording to a series with a new website at http://hamiltondramaturgystheatrenow.com, an Archivist – the marvelous Helaine, a staff of Program Assistants, and a theme composed by my Co-Secretary Nancy Ford. The series is posted on soundcloud.com, and is very easy to download and share.

In Season Two I began to post transcripts of the interviews for the public’s convenience. AMERICAN THEATRE published a two-page article on the series in its October 2012 issue.

I am now planning my fourth season, and rest assured, it will continue to feature League members, and women whom the League has honored with prizes for their contribution to American theatre.

Anne Hamilton, Producer and Host
Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow!
Email: hamiltondramaturgystheatrenow@gmail.com
www.hamiltonlit.com

TheatreNow! Podcasts With League Members:
Kristin Marting
Valentina Fratti
Yvette Heyliger

Please download the article here: LPTW and TheatreNow! by Anne Hamilton

Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.



Now Playing – Podcast with Kate Valk

Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! is a podcast series featuring some of the most exciting women artists working in the theatre today.  Anne Hamilton is the producer and host.  You may listen to the podcasts and read the transcripts at http://hamiltondramaturgystheatrenow.com

 Kate Valk in HOUSE/LIGHTS, Photo by Paula Court

Kate Valk in The Wooster Group’s HOUSE/LIGHTS

Photo by Paula Court

Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow!

Interview with Kate Valk, Actress

(Season 3, Episode 1, Recorded February 18, 2012)

Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! Podcast with Kate Valk

Ms. Valk has been a driving force in The Wooster Group since 1979, appearing in all of its productions, including ROUTE 1 & 9, LSD […JUST THE HIGH POINTS…], THE TEMPTATION OF ST. ANTHONY, THE EMPEROR JONES, BRACE UP!, THE HAIRY APE, and HOUSE/LIGHTS. EARLY PLAYS,  opened in February at St. Ann’s Warehouse. I had the opportunity to interview her there just before a performance.

You may read the interview here: HamiltonDramaturgy’s TheatreNow! Interview with Kate Valk

This episode is dedicated to Nicholas F. Matterese, AIA.

Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

And please download AMERICAN THEATRE magazine’s article on TheatreNow! here: AMERICAN THEATRE article on TheatreNow! by Margot Melcon (October 2012)



LaMaMa Presents LUZ

Congratulations to Season One guest Catherine Filloux, whose play LUZ will be performed at LaMaMa in New York City this Fall.

September 28 – October 14, 2012


Wed – Friday at 7:30pm, Sat at 2:30pm & 7:30pm, Sun at 2:30pm

*Opens Friday, September 28

 By Catherine Filloux

Directed by Jose Zayas

Music by Sergio R. Reyes

A Watson Arts Project

From the garbage dump in Guatemala City, to the tent cities in Haiti, to the toxic oil ponds where birds expire, Luz, Helene and Zia -survivors of targeted violence-with the help of human rights lawyer Alexandra search for hope in the unlikeliest, in-between places. LUZ is a play that is at once volatile and tender, entertaining and surreal.

For more information visit www.watsonarts.org

Stage Manager: Courtney James*

Set Designer: Maruti Evans

Lighting Designer: Yi Zhao

Costume Designer: Carla Bellisio

Sound Designer: David Lawson

Puppet Design: Emily DeCola and The Puppet Kitchen

Starring Kim Brockington*, Peter Jay Fernandez*, Lynnette R. Freeman*, Bobby Plasencia*, Kimber Riddle*, Steven Rishard*, Julissa Roman,  and Teresa Yenque*

* Actors appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

First Floor Theatre at La MaMa, (212) 475-7710, 74A East 4th Street (between 2nd Avenue & The Bowery)  lamama.org



Anne Hamilton Interviewed on Cultural Weekly

There’s a great article on my thoughts on dramaturgy posted on Cultural Weekly’s website. Jaz Dorsey interviewed me. Read on at http://www.culturalweekly.com/theatre-dramaturgs-profession.html

Excerpt:

I describe myself as a literary and historical advisor to the playwright, director, or theatre company I am working with.

Just like an actor or an artist, I believe that the dramaturg’s position in the field derives from her output.

Dramaturgy is a practical profession. We give advice and support to help the playwright advance her play to its next level. We provide and share research in pre-production, and write program notes. We translate and adapt.

Almost everyone in the theatre profession performs dramaturgical duties…



TheatreNow! Interview with Kate Valk

Season Three of Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! launches today with an interview with Kate Valk, Actress with The Wooster Group, on our brand new website http://hamiltondramaturgystheatrenow.com

An original company member, Ms. Valk has been a driving force in The Wooster Group since 1979, appearing in all of its productions, including ROUTE 1 & 9, LSD [….JUST THE HIGH POINTS…], THE TEMPTATION OF ST. ANTHONY, THE EMPEROR JONES, BRACE UP!, THE HAIRY APE, and HOUSE/LIGHTS. EARLY PLAYS, the group’s newest show, opened in February, 2012 at St. Ann’s Warehouse. I had the opportunity to interview her there just before a performance. The podcast is in post-production and will be posted shortly.

You may download the transcript here: HamiltonDramaturgy’s TheatreNow! Interview with Kate Valk

TheatreNow! is now available on Soundcloud. Many thanks to our Archivist, Helaine, who created our new website. Please follow us by subscribing to our website.

Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.



Catherine Filloux’s LUZ at La MaMa

Catherine Filloux‘s new play is slated for an autum production in NYC. Congratulations to our Season One guest. She just received a Lambent Foundation Grant for the play’s development, and is an Artist in Residence at La MaMa. In other news, she been commissioned to write a libretto for the Houston Grand Opera in Texas to premiere in June 2012 – SONG OF HOUSTON: EAST & WEST. The composer is John Glover .

Here is a message from Catherine:

I am thrilled to be working with Guatemalan violinist/composer Sergio Reyes on my new play, LUZ, to be produced at La MaMa in New York City, September 27, 2012 – October 14, 2012.

In the words of the play’s director Jose Zayas:  “LUZ is a play that takes a hard look at gender based violence on a global scale and makes shocking connections between corporate and human rights law practices. It’s an intelligent, passionate and fiercely political play that never loses its narrative drive.”