The Dramatists Guild Foundation protects the future of the American theater by nurturing the writers who create it. For over fifty years DGF has helped countless playwrights, composers, lyricists, and bookwriters by providing necessary tools, resources, and aid.

 

    "DGF helped me at a very crucial time—most every writer knows what I'm talking about: that knuckle-gnawing period between a commission and royalty check. Because of the Foundation, I was able to feed and shelter my piano (and myself) for a short, critical while."

    Michael John LaChiusa

    Hello, Again; Marie Christine; The Wild Party

    "I applied to the Foundation when I was in real and totally unromantic trouble. Help arrived speedily and quietly in the form of a grant, which allowed me to pay my rent. The Foundation does not dole out statues and plaques; it gives people help when people need help."

    Will Eno

    Pulitzer Prize finalist for Thom Pain (based on nothing)

    "The Dramatists Guild Foundation is there to catch you when you fall. Jobless and unable to pay my rent, I thought I had nowhere to turn, but then I applied for an emergency grant from the DGF. With its financial support, the Dramatists Guild Fund helped me get through one of the toughest times of my career."

    Katori Hall

    2010 Olivier Award winner for The Mountaintop

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Meet the Fellows: Sam Salmond
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Meet the Fellows: Sam Salmond

"I write about outsiders and queer people. I want to tell stories about folks who feel alone, oppressed, or forgotten. I hope I give those people a chance to express their individuality, their sense of humor, their weaknesses, and their brilliance. "

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Traveling Master Caridad Svich Comes to Virginia DGFund.org

Traveling Master Caridad Svich Comes to Virginia

Caridad Svich (12 Ophelias, Magnificent Waste) leads a post-show Q&A of Blood Wedding at Mary Baldwin University (301 Deming Drive, Bottom Floor, Deming Fine Arts Center, Staunton, VA) on February 18 at 9:30 PM as part of The Dramatists Guild Foundation’s Traveling Masters Program.

Steve Yockey kicks off DGF’s Traveling Masters Program in 2017 DGFund.org

Steve Yockey kicks off DGF’s Traveling Masters Program in 2017

Steve Yockey (Very Still & Hard to See, Blackberry Winter) joins the Dramatists Guild Foundation’s Traveling Masters Program to work with student writers and offer feedback on their plays at Mesa Community College on February 16 & 17, during the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

Meet The Fellows Khiyon Hursey Medium

Meet The Fellows Khiyon Hursey

Khiyon Hursey is a songwriter and musical theater composer based in New York City. A 2014 graduate of Berklee College of Music with a degree in Songwriting, he served as music assistant on the off-Broadway and Broadway productions of Hamilton, the American Repertory Theater production of Witness Uganda and its off-Broadway, retitled update Invisible Thread at Second Stage Theater.

 
 

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  • Meet the Fellows: Sam Salmond

    "I write about outsiders and queer people. I want to tell stories about folks who feel alone, oppressed, or forgotten. I hope I give those people a chance to express their individuality, their sense of humor, their weaknesses, and their brilliance. "

  • Meet the Fellows: Riti Sachdeva

    This is the latest in our Meet the Fellows series, where we introduce you to the current class of DGF Fellows. Each of these writers and writing teams have proven themselves to be leaders of the craft whose work we expect to be enjoying for years to come.

    Since its inception in 2000, the DGF Fellows program has provided a home for more than 160 writers. Over the course of this year-long intensive, composers, lyricists, playwrights and bookwriters work with professional mentors, honing their individual processes while developing a full-length piece. Beneficiaries of this rigorous and highly selective fellowship receive stipends, development opportunities, and a foothold in the industry. Alumni include Anna Ziegler (Actually), Rajiv Joseph (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo), and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Academy Award winner, Frozen) among dozens of other vital contemporary theater makers.

  • Meet the Fellows: Janine McGuire & Arri Lawton Simon

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