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The global theatre industry is undergoing a seismic transformation. More people than ever are writing, performing and producing plays. Simultaneously, innovation in technology has never been more exciting. Everyday, computing systems are gaining strength, intelligence and utility. At TreePress, we’re tapping into the ideas of people and the capabilities of technology. We’re creating the world’s largest online network for theatre, where anyone, anywhere can upload, discover and explore scripts. What are you working on? Go on, show us.

Mission: We’re making theatre globally accessible for everyone, everywhere. We connect the people who write playscripts with those who need them.

'As theatre artists who put ourselves in other’s shoes daily, we are uniquely positioned to take on this challenge. Wh...
02/09/2017
Radical Empathy is the Theatre Artist’s New Job

'As theatre artists who put ourselves in other’s shoes daily, we are uniquely positioned to take on this challenge. Which is why we must lead the charge....'

Tiffany Antone makes a case for why we have to reconsider how/why we engage audiences, and why it is now every artist’s job to be out on the frontlines, cultivating radical empathy and civil…

“There’s something about everyone being in the same room and having the same experience that is powerful and increas...
01/28/2017
Lin-Manuel Miranda believes theater has a healing effect in a divided country

“There’s something about everyone being in the same room and having the same experience that is powerful and increasingly rare."
Lin-Manuel Miranda

Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda tells Tom Brokaw that in a divided country, there is a place with a healing effect. Don't miss 'Tom Brokaw at NBC News: The First 50 Years' Sunday, January 29, at 9/8c on NBC.

01/26/2017
Mateusz M

'I think that hope and creativity are two of the most important things in the world...so to any creative person who’s had a door slammed in their face, either metaphorically or physically, or actors who have had their auditions cut off, or anybody anywhere really who feels like giving up sometimes but finds it in themselves to get up and keep fighting. I share this with you.' Emma Stone

Words of encouragement for anyone who's been rejected. #GoldenGlobes #EmmaStone

The 2017 Bruntwood Prize is open! 130 days for playwrights to perfect their plays and enter the UK's biggest playwriting...
01/26/2017
The 2017 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting

The 2017 Bruntwood Prize is open! 130 days for playwrights to perfect their plays and enter the UK's biggest playwriting competition.

The Bruntwood prize for playwriting, in partnership with the Royal Exchange Theatre

'Really good plays pull you into a space where your rational mind is transcended or destabilised’
01/25/2017
Joe Hill-Gibbins: 'Theatre can be incredibly real – it’s dangerous'

'Really good plays pull you into a space where your rational mind is transcended or destabilised’

He brought sex dolls to Measure for Measure and a food fight to The Changeling. As his Midsummer Night’s Dream looms at the Young Vic, the director discusses the dark truth to fairy stories

01/23/2017
Rules of Engagement for New Play Development

'Despite the growing number of opportunities for new plays, we struggle to establish, convey, and train others in the “best practices” of new play development. We hope these “Rules of Engagement” will help all of us foster healthier conversations about new plays and new play development'
Tira Palmquist

Tira Palmquist, Christy Montour-Larson, Heather Helinsky, and Jeni Mahoney share their insight and lessons learned on new play development.

'It seems that writers are so scared of the backlash of writing a small male-dependent female role (wife/prostitute/bori...
01/19/2017
Creating Complex Female Characters

'It seems that writers are so scared of the backlash of writing a small male-dependent female role (wife/prostitute/boring sister) that they are counteracting with extra strong female characters.'

Playwright Catherine Weingarten writes about her fatigue with the Strong Female Character, and pushes playwrights to strive for real nuance.

'Artmakers and storytellers - write books, draw comics, paint paintings, do stand-up, code video games, make movies, bec...
01/18/2017

'Artmakers and storytellers - write books, draw comics, paint paintings, do stand-up, code video games, make movies, become a YouTube sensation, craft poetry, animate short-films, make documentaries, design fashion, sing original songs, choreograph a number, create theatre!'

http://buff.ly/2jyG20B

01/18/2017
The Guardian

'The children we work with go through a lot of challenges...but when they dance, they develop hope for a better life.'
Mike Wamaya -Kibera Ballet School Dance Teacher

This is an unlikely ballet school, because it’s situated in Kibera, Nairobi, a slum home to 700,000 people. With the help of a dedicated teacher, students here have become accomplished dancers, winning scholarships to further their education. Over Christmas some performed The Nutcracker at Kenya National Theatre

'Diversifying talent pools isn’t just about equality, but about the quality of that organisation and the quality and c...
09/28/2016
Theatres must act now about gender inequality

'Diversifying talent pools isn’t just about equality, but about the quality of that organisation and the quality and creativity of the work it produces in every aspect of its operations, from participation to what happens onstage.'

There’s no shortage of women working in the arts but the organisations taking part in Tonic Theatre’s Advance programme are scrutinising the obstacles facing them – with a focus on freelancers

To keep making theatre relevant and vital, do we have to keep making new theatre?
09/27/2016
Where Are All the New Plays? Everywhere!

To keep making theatre relevant and vital, do we have to keep making new theatre?

Move over, NYC. From Oregon to Miami, theatres around the country are home to the nation’s most fertile new-play incubators.

Our theatre has never been as strong as it is today. Or…is something else true? Despite being in  the 'most vital peri...
09/27/2016
The State of the Play: A Critic Addresses the Theatre Nation

Our theatre has never been as strong as it is today. Or…is something else true? Despite being in the 'most vital period in American playwriting history, is our theatre in a moment of peril?'

There’s no shortage of exciting new writing for the stage. But are we in a Golden Age of playwriting?

“I think it has become more essential than it has ever been. You come in and you sit next to someone you have never me...
09/15/2016
Simon Stephens: Theatre 'more essential than ever' since EU referendum | News | The Stage

“I think it has become more essential than it has ever been. You come in and you sit next to someone you have never met before, you sit next to a stranger and you share an experience. There is something fundamentally generous about that that I find tremendously moving,”

Theatre has become "more essential than ever" at bringing people together in the wake of the Brexit vote, playwright Simon Stephens has claimed. Speaking f

'With Black Lives Matter and #OscarsSoWhite galvanizing attention; N.F.L. football players stirring controversy by faili...
09/15/2016
Black Female Playwrights Want You to Face Facts. The Harsh Ones.

'With Black Lives Matter and #OscarsSoWhite galvanizing attention; N.F.L. football players stirring controversy by failing to stand for the national anthem, to protest endemic racism; and even Beyoncé taking fierce political stands in her new music, these playwrights are in sync with the national mood, using the tools of theater to bring us face to face with hard facts about the world we live in.'

Sarah Jones, Anna Deavere Smith and Lynn Nottage all have new works onstage this fall that grapple with the toughest issues in contemporary culture.

Do we want to acknowledge our responsibility as storytellers to harness the truth, even when it hurts?As a storyteller, ...
09/14/2016
Learning to Listen: “Political Correctness” and the Question of Socially Responsible Theatre

Do we want to acknowledge our responsibility as storytellers to harness the truth, even when it hurts?

As a storyteller, to ignore the implications, the beauty, and the difficulty of the cultural background to which a character or story belongs is an injustice to the play, the theatre community, and on some level, the world we live in.

http://howlround.com/learning-to-listen-political-correctness-and-the-question-of-socially-responsible-theatre

Playwright Zoe Kamil writes about casting a play of hers, and the difficult conversations that arose because she didn’t specify the race of certain characters.

'Historically, theater works written by men have dominated the theater landscape. The Bridge Initiative works to get mor...
09/11/2016
The Bridge Initiative Gives Women Playwrights a Platform

'Historically, theater works written by men have dominated the theater landscape. The Bridge Initiative works to get more pieces by female playwrights developed, creating a bridge from initial writing to full stage production.'

The Bridge Initiative creates opportunities for women playwrights. For its next event, Bridge is partnering with Southwest Shakespeare Company to present the first reading of New York playwright Liz…

Euripides Shakespeare & Ibsen take the first three spots on this list of 12 greatest political plays of all time. What w...
09/10/2016
The 12 greatest political plays of all time

Euripides Shakespeare & Ibsen take the first three spots on this list of 12 greatest political plays of all time. What would your list look like? Anything missing? http://buff.ly/2bA5Aqs

JOHN McGrath's great 1973 political play, The Cheviot, The Stag and the Black, Black Oil is hitting the road again in its first professional tour…

'If you’re feeling depressed watching people on the news who’ve lost everything, imagine how those people feel.From ...
09/10/2016
Pursued By A Bear: “Theatre seems pointless when the world is falling apart”

'If you’re feeling depressed watching people on the news who’ve lost everything, imagine how those people feel.

From your position of relative happiness, you owe it to them and to yourself to write something. It doesn’t have to be uplifting, it doesn’t have to move mountains or reshape the political landscape, it just has to acknowledge the fact we’re all human. We’re in this together.'

Pursued By A Bear is our weekly advice column with playwright Adam Taylor. He’ll tackle your playwriting questions – from practical issues to existential dilemmas – relying on no…

'Is this a sign that the industry is finally recognising people with disabilities for what they are? Not just a tick in ...
09/09/2016
I'm a deaf actor. That shouldn't define me – or limit the roles I play

'Is this a sign that the industry is finally recognising people with disabilities for what they are? Not just a tick in the box on the diversity shopping list, or a subject matter but well-rounded human beings? Just … people?'

For too long, theatre has seen disability as another box to tick. The acting industry should make the casting process fairer for disabled actors

'Theatre, at its best, is a reflection of the culture at hand: a tug-of-war between what the present wants and what stan...
09/08/2016
Cellphones in the Theatre May Offer More Than Just Unforgivable Distraction

'Theatre, at its best, is a reflection of the culture at hand: a tug-of-war between what the present wants and what stands in its way of becoming the future. As obstacle and solution, cellphones become a narrative gift to playwrights.'

Billy McEntee discusses the use of cellphones in recent Broadway and Off-Broadway productions.

What does theater mean if its audience is mostly white, older, wealthy and will be dead in a decade or two? How do theat...
09/07/2016
Theater crowds in Kent? Young group draws audiences with new plays, low-cost tickets

What does theater mean if its audience is mostly white, older, wealthy and will be dead in a decade or two? How do theaters get more young people, and more people of color, through their doors? How can they lower ticket prices and become more accessible without going broke?

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/kent-theater-production-draws-a-new-audience/?utm_content=buffer77b56&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

While theaters around the country are scrambling to get new audiences through their doors, especially young people of color, one 25-year-old director has figured out how: staging new, professionally produced plays in a vacant storefront in Kent.

Struggling with playwriting rejection?Some reflections and revelations  into how the world's most frequently rejected pl...
09/06/2016
How the World’s Most Frequently Rejected Playwright Survives

Struggling with playwriting rejection?

Some reflections and revelations into how the world's most frequently rejected playwright survives....

http://www.pdc1.org/viewthisarticle.php?article=8

Several years ago, I made a profound discovery that has enabled me to weather the storm of criticism, rejection and inevitable, transient depression that is the lot of so many playwrights. What I discovered was how to make rejection work for me. Since playwrights spend far more time dealing with rej...

Euripides, Shakespeare & Ibsen take the top three spots in this list of 12 greatest political plays of all time. Do you ...
08/25/2016
The 12 greatest political plays of all time

Euripides, Shakespeare & Ibsen take the top three spots in this list of 12 greatest political plays of all time.

Do you agree? What would your list look like?
http://buff.ly/2bRXMOm

JOHN McGrath's great 1973 political play, The Cheviot, The Stag and the Black, Black Oil is hitting the road again in its first professional tour…

Despite progress since Shakespeare and Miller, there's still a long way to go for Female playwrights (and female charact...
08/19/2016
Women writers on the rise

Despite progress since Shakespeare and Miller, there's still a long way to go for Female playwrights (and female characters!) on our stages. Stats from the Playwrights Guild of Canada shows that 50% of playwrights are women but only about a quarter of the plays produced in Canada are written by women.

What more should we be doing?

http://www.stratfordbeaconherald.com/2016/08/18/three-women-playwrights-talk-drama-at-stratford-festival-forum

It took a few hundred years, but plays by women are being produced alongside the likes of William Shakespeare and Arthur Miller.

WOW. Here is one awesome digitisation project. “9,200 books, 290 periodical titles, more than 2,000 audio-visual media...
08/19/2016
Archiving theater for youth: ASU's Katherine Krzys receives national honors

WOW. Here is one awesome digitisation project. “9,200 books, 290 periodical titles, more than 2,000 audio-visual media, and 3,500 linear feet of manuscript”

Katherine Krzys — an archivist at the Archives & Special Collections at ASU Libraries — received the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America’s Corey Medallion and the Campton Bell Lifetime…

Huge NYC welcome to MTF Musicals, what an exciting time to be joining Playwrights Horizons -- great support for new musi...
08/18/2016
Musical Theatre Factory Takes Up Residency at Playwrights Horizons

Huge NYC welcome to MTF Musicals, what an exciting time to be joining Playwrights Horizons -- great support for new musical dev!

Playwrights Horizons today announced Musical Theatre Factory as the second theater company to join its Resident Company Program.

Joe Salvatore is an award-winning playwright, dramaturg, director and Professor at New York University. What struck us i...
05/25/2016

Joe Salvatore is an award-winning playwright, dramaturg, director and Professor at New York University. What struck us immediately when we first met him was his infectious energy and generosity. He’s a natural collaborator and the sort of artist who encourages and exalts the work and talents of others. We're looking forward to working with him more this summer! Welcome to #teamtreepress Joe!

https://www.treepress.org/blog/joe-salvatore/

#teamtreepress on tour! Visiting a city near you 🎉🇺🇸✈️🍎 We're having a blast, meeting loads of playwrigh...
05/07/2016

#teamtreepress on tour! Visiting a city near you 🎉🇺🇸✈️🍎 We're having a blast, meeting loads of playwrights, directors and interesting people. Today, we went to a two hour improv class and there are a few more surprises planned for the team over the next few days. But for now, we're going grab a Gin and Tonic. If you're around, we'd love to see you! || #nycplaywrights #pwopp #theatre

A gift for all Shakespeare lovers to celebrate 400 years of his life and work. A hand-illustrated poster and resource pa...
04/23/2016

A gift for all Shakespeare lovers to celebrate 400 years of his life and work. A hand-illustrated poster and resource packs, full of drama activities and scripts. What a day! #Shakespeare400

Download here: https://www.theatrelove.com/

Play of the Week: From Shakespeare with Love? by Jonathan Dorf Four of the Bard's characters wait for an overdue flight ...
04/18/2016

Play of the Week: From Shakespeare with Love? by Jonathan Dorf

Four of the Bard's characters wait for an overdue flight to London. When Romeo reveals that he plans to revenge himself upon Shakespeare, who he blames for ruining his life, by killing him in a duel, it's up to the others—Titania, Viola and Antipholus—to save their creator by convincing Romeo that Shakespeare does indeed love love. But as they recall scenes from their own plays as evidence, will it be all's well that ends well, or is Romeo headed for more tragedy?

https://www.treepress.org/playoftheweek

Playwright and songwriter Chris Breen shares why his father inspired him to tell the story of the 55,573 Bomber Command ...
03/22/2016

Playwright and songwriter Chris Breen shares why his father inspired him to tell the story of the 55,573 Bomber Command volunteers who lost their lives during WWII.

An incredible story. An incredible play.

http://blog.treepress.org/blog/beyond-the-clouds

Play of the week: 'Beyond the Clouds ' by Chris Breen19,000 feet above Germany, it's minus 40 degrees, and 7 men are on ...
03/20/2016

Play of the week: 'Beyond the Clouds ' by Chris Breen

19,000 feet above Germany, it's minus 40 degrees, and 7 men are on what proves to be their toughest mission to date. They are in one of over 450 Avro Lancaster bombers targeting Berlin that night. Archie, the pilot, warns the gunners to keep their eyes peeled, but, before he can finish speaking, all hell breaks loose…

https://www.treepress.org/playoftheweek

It's our honour to be working with TADA! Youth Theater who provide high-quality musical theater productions performed by...
03/15/2016

It's our honour to be working with TADA! Youth Theater who provide high-quality musical theater productions performed by talented kids in a safe place, where they can harness their energy, build self-assurance and realize their true potential.

http://blog.treepress.org/blog/everything-about-a-day

Happy World Book Day! We haven't been able to get dressed up as our favourite book characters in the office today, but w...
03/03/2016

Happy World Book Day!

We haven't been able to get dressed up as our favourite book characters in the office today, but we have designed a beautiful hand-illustrated quote for you to download for FREE, to all those who love stories as much as we do. :o)

https://www.theatrelove.com/

'Get it out. Put it down. Paint it. Draw it. Play it. Create it!' Loving your chat Johnny Vegas! Poster available for FR...
02/18/2016

'Get it out. Put it down. Paint it. Draw it. Play it. Create it!'
Loving your chat Johnny Vegas! Poster available for FREE - https://www.theatrelove.com/ Enjoy :o)

This week's Play of the Week is: 'Romantic Romeo' written by the incredible creative team at Captivate Theatre. The mask...
02/14/2016

This week's Play of the Week is:

'Romantic Romeo' written by the incredible creative team at Captivate Theatre.

The masked ball, the balcony scene, the saucy nurse, Mercutio’s death, the friar’s cunning plan and the tragic death scene in the tomb are all included in this hilarious adaptation with catchy songs, jokes and slap-stick comedy.

https://www.treepress.org/playoftheweek

An exciting week for us with 4 plays from internationally produced playwright Jonathan Dorf. Multi-award winning playwri...
12/04/2015

An exciting week for us with 4 plays from internationally produced playwright Jonathan Dorf. Multi-award winning playwright Evan Guilford Blake adds another comedy to his collection as well as a short riotous piece from Caroline Turner Cole and Sci-Fi musical from Dennis Westgate. We welcome 5 new incredible writers who bring classic adaptations, a stunning retelling of Sophocles' Antigone, a Japanese legend, and the best fairy story ever told!
#TeamTreePress

http://blog.treepress.org/blog/newplays16

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