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New ‘Wild Dreamer’ Retreat and Award to Recognize Female Playwrights

Program includes a retreat in upstate New York and an award to a female playwright from the Great Plains Theatre Conference.

OMAHA, NEB., and PINE LAKE, N.Y.: Nebraska-based playwright Beaufield Berry is launching a nationwide retreat specifically for female playwrights. The first Wild Dreamer gathering will run Sept. 17–20th in Pine Lake, in the Adirondacks of New York state, with workshops led by playwright Deborah Zoe Laufer.

Deborah Zoe Laufer.
Deborah Zoe Laufer.

Described as a “working respite for busy women writers,” the retreat will include performances, play development and outdoor activities, in addition to work with Laufer.

The new retreat arrives in conjunction with a Wild Dreamer grant, which will award $1,000 given to an emerging female playwright whose work exhibits “fearless creativity, independence and spirit.” The honoree will be chosen by a nationwide network of writers and directors from among the participants in this year’s Great Plains Theater Conference (GPTC), and will also receive a scholarship including travel to the Wild Dreamer retreat.

This year, Cleveland-based playwright Arwen Mitchell was chosen to receive a scholarship to the retreat for her new play (Style Is) the Answer to Everything. Mitchell will be a play lab participant at this year’s GPTC in Omaha, Neb.

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