Regional Activities: Fall/Winter 2017 and Beyond!

We hope that you will Save the Date and join us for our Regional Activities!

Canada Online Panel Discussion

Regional VP Marie Barlizo is planning a one-hour online panel discussion revolving around Digital Dramaturgy. This panel discussion will be held on the LMDA Zoom Conference System. Panelists and participants will be able to see, hear and interact with one another. She will provide more details and log-in information in early 2018. If you’d like to contact her, her email is:

Northwest Event

Regional VP Roxanne Ray is working with Geoff Proehl and John Wilson to plan an event in early 2018 in the Puget Sound-area. They will announce details in mid-November. If you’d like to contact Roxanne to volunteer to help or share ideas, her email is:

Metro Chicago Event with the Dramatists Guild

LMDA and the Dramatists Guild will hold their 3rd annual Chicago meet-up on October 23 @ 7pm at TimeLine Theatre, 615 W Wellington Ave, Chicago, IL 60657. The location is wheelchair accessible. This year a short panel will be followed by an activity matching dramaturgs/literary managers with playwrights to get feedback on their synopses.  A mixer will follow. This event will also relaunch the Chicago LMDA open office hours. If you’d like to contact Regional VP Maren Robinson to volunteer to help or share ideas, her email is: This is the second event of Metro Chicago’s season. In August, LMDA members meet-up to discuss the outcomes of the summer Conference and brainstorm activities for this season.

Metro Philadelphia Happy Hour

Regional VP Meghan Winch is planning a networking Happy Hour on November 2 from 5pm at Tria (12th and Spruce) in Center City, Philadelphia. It will be an opportunity to network and discuss the upcoming season’s Open Office Dramaturgy Hours, and any other topics of interest. If you’d like to contact her to volunteer to help or share ideas, her email is:

Metro New York City Happy Hour

End of Summer Happy Hour/Conference Re-Cap

October 25, 2017 @ 7-8:30pm

Location: Signature Theatre Bar

For our first event of the season, we invite Metro-NYC members and prospective members to join us for early-evening drinks at Signature Theatre's lobby bar. We will have a brief group discussion starting at 7pm to share LMDA conference reflections and personal dramaturgical news, and to brainstorm our goals and aspirations for LMDA in the coming season. Feel free to stick around after our group talk to enjoy a drink with your fellow dramaturgs. We’ll also discuss winter and spring events! Contact Regional VP Rachel Abrams with any questions:

Big Sky/Rockies

Regional VP Heidi Schmidt is planning a winter brunch in the Denver area on Sunday, November 12 at 1pm at Heidi's. They'll chat informally about dramaturgy in theory, dramaturgy in Denver/Boulder/Colorado in general, and about what LMDA can do for you. This event is open to anyone who identifies as a dramaturg – membership in LMDA will be discussed and promoted, but is not required at this point. If you’d like to contact her to volunteer to help or attend, her email is:

Northeast/New England LMDA @ CompanyOne Boot Camp

Company One Theatre Boot Camp, October 2017

Location: Boston, MA

Regional VP Jessie Baxter is working with Company One to co-sponsor activities at the Company One Boot Camp including a special LMDA Happy Hour, Panel Co-sponsors, and a Discount to Boot Camp for LMDA members. More details will be emailed to currently members directly. If you’d like to contact her to share ideas for future activities, her email is:

Third Coast Luncheon

We are tentatively planning a luncheon event during the Alley Theatre's Alley All New Festival in January. More information to come!

Metro Bay Area LMDA Partnership with Golden Thread Productions
ReOrient 2017 Festival of Short Plays: Seven short plays. One unforgettable evening of theatre. November 17-December 10, 2017.

Location: Potrero Stage, San Francisco.
Description: Think you know the Middle East? Think again. This biennial festival will turn San Francisco into a mecca for innovative, spirited, and thought-provoking theatre from and about the Middle East, welcoming artists who challenge the dominant depictions of the Middle East and audiences who seek unconventional and provocative programming. This year Regional VP Nakissa Etemad is curating a partnership between LMDA & Golden Thread to provide dramaturgs to work on publications, new play development, and research for the festival, and participate in a dramaturgy panel at the ReOrient Forum on Thanksgiving weekend. If you would like to get involved in ReOrient, please contact Nakissa at: For more info and tickets, visit
And look out for our dramaturgs’ postings throughout November on the Golden Thread and LMDA websites!

Southwest In-person Happy Hour

Join us on Saturday, Nov. 11, 5:30-7:30 pm at the Los Angeles Theatre Center Bar as part of the 2017 ENCUENTRO DE LAS AMÉRICAS: CELEBRATING THEATRE AND ART OF THE AMERICAS (we’ll have a little table sign with LMDA on it). Come to the lobby just for a drink, and/or check out shows before or after! Culture Clash’s anthology show CULTURE CLASH: AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY has two shows that day. LMDA Board Chair Brian Quirt is directing Carmen Aguirre’s BROKEN TAILBONE which plays at 8:30 PM. If you have questions or to RSVP contact: Scott at:

NEW! Online Happy Hours!

Join dramaturgs from your region to toast our successes, brainstorm solutions to our challenges, meet new people, and engage in resource sharing! We’ll also discuss what LMDA can help support you and your work in the 2017-18 season. Open to members and prospective members. Bring a your favorite drink and join us on Zoom, our new professional meeting and networking site. Questions? Reach out to Jacqueline Goldfinger,

More about Zoom: A new corporate-level meeting site which gives us a direct, solid connection to one another online (no flakey free connection!). The screen will look like “The Brady Bunch” credit sequence so that we can both see one another and exchange ideas. It also offers a private chat feature to connect individually with one person in the group. To learn more about Zoom, watch this short video:

Plains Online Happy Hour

Wednesday, October 25 from 8:30-9:30pm (CT)/7:30-8:30 (ET)

Southeast Online Happy Hour

Thursday, October 26 from 7:30-8:30pm (ET)

Greater Midwest Online Happy Hour

Wednesday, November 15 from 8:30-9:30pm (CT)/7:30-8:30 (ET)

Mid-Atlantic Online Happy Hour

Thursday, November 16, 7:30-8:30PM (ET)

ABOVE PHOTO: Ross Travis in his FURY Factory solo show The Greatest Monkey Show on Earth, Metro Bay Area Regional Event 2014, photo by N. Etemad

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