While the focus of the TNT POPS! Conference is most things playwriting, we also want you to have time to rest, relax and enjoy beautiful Bastrop. We know you, as theatre professionals and volunteers, are overworked, frazzled, and gasping for equilibrium (go ahead - look it up and see how appropriate that word is). This conference is paced to offer time to breathe, time to visit, time to learn and time to just browse the lovely historic downtown Bastrop area. Yes, we know Bastrop, famous for its Lost Pines location, suffered a devastating fire almost two years ago. But come see it now - it's got that small town charm, nestled on the banks of the Colorado River. Join us for a rejuvenating two days of fun and fellowship while you recharge your creative batteries. You deserve it!
Dr. Urbinati sponsored by Henderson County Performing Arts Center, Athens, TX.
FOCUS ON PLAYWRITING! March 13 - 15, 2014 in Bastrop, Texas!
Welcoming Special Guest Dr. Rob Urbinati who will lead special workshops on playwriting.
Conference activities include staged readings of the 2014 TNT POPS! New Play Project winners, induction of members into the Texas Playwriting Hall of Fame, social events and the culminating Gala on Saturday evening.
WORKSHOPS: All Workshops take place at the Bastrop Convention & Exhibit Center
FRIDAY:Play Readings: A Workshop for Producers, Directors, Playwrights and Actors. Play Readings are a component of many theatres' new play development programs and are "auditions" for actors and directors. Examine how the challenges imposed by time restrictions impact directors and actors, and considers what producers and playwrights can expect to learn from a reading and talkback. The Workshop challenges the notion that more staging and production elements make for a more effective reading.
Hot Topics with Jim Bob McMillan and TNT Staff: Open Forum
What's going on with theatre? What helps? What hurts? What do you have to give? What do you need? Let's talk. Jim Bob McMillan, Deputy Director of the Texas Commission on the Arts will be there to field questions and take part in the conversation.
SATURDAY: Staging New Plays: A Workshop for Producers and Directors Producing and staging new plays is very distinct from the work involved with producing and staging published plays. This workshop considers reading new play submissions, the development process (including readings, workshops and talkbacks), the challenges of staging new plays, incorporating the playwright's input, and making changes in the script to hone it for production.
Entering Texas AACTFest - EVERYTHING you need to know. How do I select a play? How do I get the rights? When should I start preparing? What are the challenges to participating? How much will it cost? Why would I want to go through the aggravation? Talk with seasoned festival participants Kim Martin and Chester Eitze, and AACT Executive Director Julie Crawford to learn the ropes.
TNT POPS! STAGED READINGS: take place at the Bastrop Convention & Exhibit Center - to see the winning playwright pictures and bios, click here.
Friday: The Living Mrs. Del Vecchio by Larry Ukolowicz of Fort Worth, Texas, presented by Henderson County Performing Arts Center
The Invention of the Living Room by Andrew R. Heinze of New York City, NY, presented by Tyler Civic Theatre
Saturday: Chasing Waves by Quinn D. Eli of Philadephoa, PA, presented by Baytown Little Theater
DULA by Paul Elliott, music by Jeanie Cunningham, of Los Angeles, CA, presented by EASY Theatre
SPECIAL EVENT: Performance at Bastrop Opera House, 7:30 PM Friday
Featuring Austin actress Aliya Rosegreen. Directed by Chester Eitze
MEAL EVENTS: All food events take place at the Bastrop Convention & Exhibits Center.
- Box lunch from Schlotsky's (participants, please download Friday menu, make your selections and send the form to firstname.lastname@example.org -
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Saturday Lunch:Salad Buffet by All's Well Catering
Chicken Salad, Ham Salad, Tuna Salad, Pasta Salad, Fruit Salad, Assorted Lunch Meats & Cheeses, Assorted Sandwich Breads and Rolls, Chips, Cookies & Brownies, Tea/Water.
TNT Awards Gala Dinner Catered by Baxter's on Main
Northern Italian Chicken - Basil & lemon marinated grilled chicken breast topped with roma tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms and mozzarella, herb roasted potatoes, tossed salad & dessert.
ANNOUNCING TNT 2014 AWARD RECIPIENTS
The Ovation Award: Jim Weed
The Spotlight Award: Jim Wadzinski
The Steadfast Support Award: Theatre Arlington
The Dynamite Award: Engela Edwards
2014 Inductees to the Texas Playwriting Hall of Fame
George Douglas Lee
More information to come about the Award recipients.
The TNT POPS! Conference is made possible in part by
Texas Nonprofit Theatres is now accepting applications for the 19th Annual TNT Youth Theatre Conference for companies who wish to perform. The 2014 Youth Conference will be in Boerne, Texas from June 10 - 15. Please fill out the Application Form and the Performing Company Participation Rules Sheet (link to forms below) and submit them as instructed.
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