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Saturday, October 28 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
*Roundtable: The Art, Craft, and Business of Playwriting

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* Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art, craft, and business of writing for the stage. How do you get your play produced? This roundtable session offers registrants exclusive access to playwrights, theatrical producers, and dramaturges in an informal setting. Come prepared with questions that focus on the importance of both the creative and business sides of breaking into and writing for the stage.

*This Roundtable requires advance registration at the Roundtable Sign-up Table in the Driskill Mezzanine; the Roundtable takes place at St. David's Episcopal Church's Crail Hall, located at 301 E 8th Street. Only one roundtable sign-up slot per registrant. Registrants must have the day-appropriate badge.

Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 25 | 12:00PM-5:00PM
Thursday, October 26 | 8:30AM-5:00PM
Friday, October 27 | 8:30AM-5:00PM
Saturday, October 28 | 8:30AM-3:00PM


avatar for Nan Barnett

Nan Barnett

Executive Director, National New Play Network
Nan Barnett is a new play developer and producer, and an advocate for theater-makers and the theater they make. She is currently the Executive Director of National New Play Network, the country's alliance of more than 100 theaters with a dedication to the development, production... Read More →
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Roger Bean

playwright; President of Stage Rights
ROGER BEAN is the Founder and President of Stage Rights. Established in 2000, Stage Rights has fast become one of the leading independent theatrical publishers of new plays and musicals in the United States, administering stock and amateur performance rights throughout the country... Read More →
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Steven Dietz

playwright/director Fiction, Bloomsday, Becky's New Car, Lonely Planet
Steven Dietz's thirty-plus plays and adaptations have been seen at over one hundred regional theatres in the United States, as well as Off-Broadway. International productions have been seen in over twenty countries and his work has been translated into ten languages. Recent world... Read More →
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Liz Engelman

dramaturg; Head of Playwriting and Directing, UT Austin; Director, Tofte Lake Center
Liz Engelman is the head of the Playwriting and Directing area at UT Austin. As a dramaturg, Liz splits her time between the school year at UT Austin, and summer in Ely, MN, where she is the founder and director of Tofte Lake Center at Norm’s Fish Camp, a creative retreat center... Read More →
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Katie Goan

Managing Director, Sweetwood Creative; writer/co-creator Kidnapped By Craigslist; producer/instructor/arts administrator
Katie Goan is a producer, writer and arts administrator, and has worked in show business for more than twenty years. She currently serves as Managing Director of Sweetwood Creative. Katie came to Austin after many years in New York City where she was Managing Director of The People’s... Read More →
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Allison Gregory

co-founder Austin ‘Wrights; playwright Wild Horses
Allison Gregory’s plays have been produced all over the country, and she has received commissions, grants, and development from Oregon Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Repertory, The Kennedy Center, Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Skirball-Kenis Foundation, ACT Theatre, Seattle... Read More →
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Pat Hazell

moderator; Chief Creative Officer, Sweetwood Creative; former writer Seinfeld; The Tonight Show veteran; contributor NPR
Showtime declared Pat Hazell one of the five funniest people in America. His 30 years of experience as a writer, producer and director have made him a go-to guy for new American theater.Pat is one of the original writers for NBC’s Seinfeld, a veteran of The Tonight Show, a critically... Read More →
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Donna Hoke

playwright The Couple Next Door, Safe, Brilliant Works of Art, Elevator Girl
Resident playwright at Road Less Traveled Productions, Donna’s work has been seen in 43 states and on five continents. Plays include The Couple Next Door (Princess Grace semi-finalist), Safe (winner of the Todd McNerney, Naatak, and Great Gay Play and Musical Contests), Brilliant... Read More →
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Amy Rose Marsh

Literary Director – Samuel French, Inc.
Amy Rose Marsh is the Literary Director of Samuel French, where her responsibilities include overseeing acquisitions and licensing strategy for plays and musicals, as well as management of the day-to-day operations of the literary department. While at Samuel French, Amy Rose has helped... Read More →
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Kelly Masterson

writer Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, Snowpiercer
Kelly Masterson is a playwright/screenwriter. He wrote the screenplay for Snowpiercer, a post-apocalyptic thriller, with Korean Director, Bong Joon Ho. It starred Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Ed Harris and John Hurt. Snowpiercer broke box office records in Korea and... Read More →
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Abbie Van Nostrand

Director of Corporate Communications, Samuel French, Inc.
Abbie Van Nostrand recently celebrated her 33rd Anniversary with Samuel French, the world’s leading publisher and licensor of plays and musicals. As Director of Corporate Communications, Abbie supervises customer partnerships with educational, community and professional organizations... Read More →
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Mac Rogers

writer, The Message, LifeAfter; writer/producer Steal The Stars, The Honeycomb Trilogy
Mac Rogers is an award-winning audio dramatist and playwright based in New York City whose new audio thriller Steal the Stars is releasing episodes every Wednesday. His audio/podcast dramas The Message and Lifeafter have been downloaded over six million times. His stageplays include... Read More →
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Julian Sheppard

Julian is the Co-Writer of Complete Unknown, directed by Joshua Marston, and starring Rachel Weisz, Michael Shannon, Kathy Bates, and Danny Glover. It premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically by Amazon Studios later that year. He and Mr. Marston are... Read More →
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Tari Stratton

Director, Education & Outreach, Dramatists Guild of America
Tari Stratton is currently the Director of Education & Outreach for the Dramatists Guild of America, and the Associate Editor of The Dramatist magazine, the only magazine dedicated to the theatrical writer.   She is also an administrator and instructor at the Dramatists Guild Institute... Read More →
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Lisa B. Thompson

playwright/scholar Underground, Single Black Female, Mother's Day, Watch; author Beyond the Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class
Playwright Lisa B. Thompson’s credits include: Underground (Vortex Repertory Company, 2017 David Mark Cohen New Play Award from the Austin Critics Table), Single Black Female(New Professional Theatre, 2005 LA Weekly Theatre Award for Best Comedy nominee), Mother’s Day (FronteraFest... Read More →

Saturday October 28, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Crail Hall