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Each year, the Dramatists Guild Foundation provides emergency aid to over 30 writers in need and nurtures emerging playwrights, lyricists, and composers through an immersive nine-month development program
The Traveling Masters program has provided over 10,000 students and professionals with workshops and master classes in writing.
The Legacy Project, a documentary series featuring some of America’s most esteemed dramatists, is used in classrooms across the country.
The Dramatists Guild Foundation is a public non profit whose mission is to aid and nurture writers for the American theater, and to heighten awareness, appreciation, and support of theater across the country.
The Dramatists Guild Foundation depends heavily on contributions from individuals across the country in order to carry out its mission. Each year, DGF provides emergency grants to writers facing illness or other unforeseen circumstances, nurtures ten writers in the development of full-length works, reaches out to the public with educational programming, creates development opportunities for writers at various stages of their careers, and offers a luxurious, salon-style space for writers to use completely free of charge.
In January of 2008, DGF was re-classified as a 501(c)3 public charity, enabling it to expand its reach through new initiatives such as The Legacy Project, a video series that documents and preserves the creative process of America’s most esteemed writers and Traveling Masters, a national outreach program bringing revered writers into communities for workshops and masterclasses.
Founded as a private foundation in 1962 by Dramatists Guild President Alan Jay Lerner, DGF is now a standalone nonprofit committed to supporting both Guild members and writers nationwide by providing valuable resources, programs and education. This partnership helps to preserve the craft and protect the interests of playwrights, composers, lyricists, and bookwriters nationwide. To learn more about the Guild or to become a member, visit www.dramatistsguild.com.