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New Avenues for New Play Development: Arena Stage’s Polly Carl + David Dower on the American Voices New Play Institute

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Dec 5, 2011
Dec 5, 2011
Segal Theater
Polly Carl Photo courtesy of artist

Polly Carl
Photo courtesy of artist

The American Voices New Play Institute at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. is a center for research and development of effective practices, programs, and processes for new play development in the American theatre. The institute’s programs are designed to test and develop promising advances in new-play development around the country, with the intention of developing the infrastructure for new plays and new voices nationwide. Join Polly Carl, Director of the Institute (and formerly of the Minneapolis Playwrights Center and Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago), and David Dower, Associate Artistic Director of the Arena, in a discussion on the work of this important new player in the field of American theatre..

Polly Carl joined Arena Stage as the Director of the American Voices New Play Institute in July of 2011. In this position she works with a team of talented people to explore best practices in the new work sector. She collaborates with Arena’s resident playwrights as both producer and dramaturg, and is the Editor of HowlRound, the Institute’s online journal. Prior to joining Arena, Carl was the Director of Artistic Development with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company where she produced the Garage Series, commissioned work, and developed new plays. She continues to work with Steppenwolf as an artistic consultant developing social media programming. Before Steppenwolf, Carl served 11 years at the Playwrights’ Center – seven as Producing Artistic Director. Carl has sat on numerous boards, panels and committees including the Steinberg Advisory Committee to select their distinguished playwright award – the Mimi, the NEA Theater panel, and the MAP Fund panel. Her Ph.D. in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society is from the University of Minnesota.

David Dower Photo courtesy of artist

David Dower
Photo courtesy of artist

David Dower, Associate Artistic Director, Arena Stage

6:30 p.m., Monday, December 5, 2011
Martin E. Segal Theatre. Free!arena-institute-logo