Events: Doctor’s Hours for Theatre Artists

Events: Doctor’s Hours for Theatre Artists

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is pleased to announce the first Doctors’ Hours for Theatre Artists, a program developed in response to a need expressed by theatre artists looking for advice regarding furthering and sustaining their careers.

Are you at a crossroads at the beginning, middle, or end of your project and looking for direction?  Or are you seeking feedback on your work samples, an artist or mission statement, website, or outreach strategy? Come to NYFA’s Doctors’ Hours for Theatre Artists and get the conversation started!

This event offers individual, 20-minute, one-on-one consultations with artistic directors, directors, playwrights, arts administrators, and  performers from organizations such as The Public, Manhattan Theatre Club, Astoria Performing Arts Center, Music-Theatre Group, New York Arts Program, New York International Fringe Festival and the League of Independent Theatres.

Please note: Doctors are asked to give feedback and suggestions to artists regarding the presentation of their work, not the quality of their work. 

The fee for each appointment is $25, and there is a three-appointment limit per registrant.

Upcoming Doctor’s Hours for Theatre Artists: Monday, January 27 from 6-9pm

LOCATION: NYFA, 20 Jay Street, 7th Fl, Suite 740, Brooklyn, NY

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COST: $25 per appointment. There is a three-appointment limit per registrant.

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John Clancy, Executive Artistic Director of Clancy Productions

John is an Obie award winning director and a partner in Clancy Productions, a critically acclaimed international theatrical touring and production company.He is the founding Artistic Director of The Present Company, a leading Off-Off Broadway theatre company and a founding Artistic Director of The New York International Fringe Festival, North America’s largest theater and performance festival.  He currently serves as the Executive Director of the League of Independent Theater, the advocacy organization for Off-Off Broadway.  His plays have won The American Shorts Contest, The San Francisco Playwrights Center Dramarama, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe First and have been short-listed for the Julie Harris Playwrighting Award and the Actors Theatre of Louisville Heideman Award.  He has directed six Scotsman Fringe First winning productions at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and two Best of the Fringe Award winning productions at the Adelaide Fringe. His shows have played the Menier Chocolate Factory (London), The Helix (Dublin), The Traverse, (Edinburgh), The Tron (Glasgow), the World Stage Festival, (Toronto), The Belvoir Street Theatre, (Sydney) and PS 122, the Ohio Theatre and Barrow Street Theatre in New York City. He serves on the Advisory Council of The New York Theatre Experience, Inc., the city’s preeminent resource center for downtown theater. He is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect and was awarded The New York Magazine Award in 1997 for “creativity, enterprise and vision”. In 2002 he received a Glasgow Herald Angel for excellence in direction at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In 2007 Clancy Productions was awarded the inaugural Edinburgh International Festival Award.   He lives on the Lower East Side with his wife, Nancy Walsh. 

Linda Earle, Artistic Director of New York Arts Program

Linda has a long track record experience in visual, performing and media arts having worked as an administrator, grant-maker, and advocate for artists and culture.  She is currently the Executive Director the New York Arts off campus study program serving undergraduates nationally in the visual, performing and media arts, writing and journalism that provides students with multifaceted learning opportunities through apprenticeships, seminars and independent projects.  She served as the Executive Director of Program for the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, one of the nation’s leading organizations for emerging visual artists.  Earle was a Senior Program Director for the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) where the multi-disciplinary Individual Artists Program was established under her direction in 1984. Later in her tenure, she served as Director of the Museum/Visual Arts and Theatre programs.  Before joining NYSCA, she worked in production and managerial positions in the theatre and in independent film.   Earle has taught Film and Cultural Theory courses at Barnard and Hunter Colleges and at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School. She has served on many advisory, awards, and admissions panels, including the Pew Foundation, the NEA, and New Dramatists, and has served in leadership positions on numerous arts and community non-profit Boards.   She is president of the Board of the Art Matters Foundation. As a writer she has participated in professional residency programs at Hedgebrook and the Writers’ Room.   Earle received her BA in Film Studies from Hampshire College; and an MFA in Film

Clay McLeod Chapman, Independent Playwright, Performer, Director

Clay is the creator of the rigorous storytelling session The Pumpkin Pie Show. He is the author of rest area, miss corpus, and the middle grade series The Tribe: Homeroom Headhunters and Camp Cannibal (Disney/Hyperion). Plays: Commencement, Volume of Smoke, Hostage Song (with Kyle Jarrow), and SCKBSTD (with Bruce Hornsby and Chip deMatteo). Films: Late Bloomer (Sundance 2005) and Henley (Sundance 2011). He teaches writing at The Actors Studio MFA Program at Pace University. Find him at:

Diane Wondisford, Producing Director of Music-Theatre Group

Music-Theatre Group (Brooklyn (Dumbo), NY) is a pioneering nonprofit company specializing in the commissioning, development, and production of new works of music theater.  Career highlights include: Martha Clarke and Richard Peaslee’s Garden of Earthly Delights and Vienna:Lusthaus; Julie Taymor and Elliot Goldenthal’s Juan Darien, nominated for 5 Tonys including Best Musical; Eve Ensler’s Extraordinary Measures; Diedre Murray and Cornelius Eady’s Running Man, finalist1999 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, directed by Diane Paulus;  Tan Dun and Paul Griffith’s Marco Polo, winner of the Grawemeyer Award, directed by Martha Clarke; Douglas Cuomo’s Arjuna’s Dilemma, directed by Robin Guarino; Nico Muhly and Stephen Karam’s Dark Sisters, directed by Rebecca Taichman. During her tenure at MTG, Ms. Wondisford has overseen international touring to 12 countries. She has served as an officer and member of the Boards of Directors of The American Arts Alliance, Opera America, and the Alliance of Resident Theatres/NY, and as a chair and panelist for the Opera/Musical Theater and Theater programs of the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts, respectively.  She was the architect and co-director for the New School’s School of Drama’s Summer Music Theater Immersion Experience, an immersive program for aspiring undergraduate and graduate performers taught by a faculty of acclaimed Broadway directors, choreographers, performers, and voice teachers who provided individual instruction, taught acting and dance class, and conducted a series of master classes. Currently, Diane serves on the Board of Corona Youth Music Project (Nucleo Corona), part of the El Sistemo global movement of music for social change located in Corona (Queens, NY). She is the programming consultant for the New York Public Library’s Dorot Jewish Division. 

Tom Wojtunik, Artistic Director of Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC)

At APAC Tom has directed Blood Brothers (NY IT Award Nominee, Outstanding Director), The Secret GardenLove Trapezoid (workshop), The Human ComedyChildren of Eden (NY IT Award, Outstanding Musical), The PillowmanRagtime and Proof. NY directing credits include: The Secret Catcher (Ensemble Studio Theatre); The Groove Factory (NYMF); It Is Done (The Mean Fiddler); Bright Lights, Big City (MMC); The Who’s TommyMan of La ManchaSix Degrees of SeparationUrinetown (NY IT Award, Outstanding Musical), Take Me Out (The Gallery Players); The Play About the Naked Guy and Edenville (NY IT Nominee – Best Director, Emerging Artists Theatre); The Miss Education of Jenna Bush (FringeNYC, Best Solo Show & Audience Favorite); Grease 3: Threase (UCB/The Pit); Rum and Vodka and The Good Thief (Prospect St. Productions); I’m in Love with Your Wife (Midtown International Theatre Festival). Tom served as a 2007/2008 Resident Director at Ensemble Studio Theatre, where he was an Associate Producer on the 2008 Marathon of One-Act Plays. He was an Associate Casting Director at Charles Rosen Casting, produced the 2002 Festival of New Musicals for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, and served as Artistic Director of NeoPack, a theatre company focused on new work, from 2001-2004. BFA: Marymount Manhattan College. Member: SDC, LCT Directors’ Lab, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Emerging Artists Theatre.

The following consultants are fully booked for this session of Doctor’s Hours for Theatre Artists. 

Maria Goyanes, Associate Producer of The Public

Maria joined the staff of The Public Theater in August 2004 as an Artistic Associate, and waspromoted to the Director of Special Projects before landing her current role Associate Producer. Previously as the Director of Special Projects she worked on the development and cultivation of new plays and initiatives to support the work of a wide range of artists.  She helped launch the Public LAB, a series that brings stripped down productions to audiences for only $20, working with Adrienne Kennedy, the Civilians, Naomi Wallace, Suzan-Lori Parks, Roger Guenveur Smith, and many others. Both The Good Negro by Tracey Scott Wilson and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson by Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman transferred to the Public’s mainstage subscription season after successful runs in Public LAB.  She spearheaded Suzan-Lori Parks’ yearlong 365 Days/365 Plays festival for NYC, working with 70 theater companies and over a thousand artists. Until its implosion in September 2012, she was the Executive Producer of Obie-award winning 13P (13 Playwrights, Inc.), a 13-play project founded with a collective of writers that included Sarah Ruhl, Young Jean Lee, Anne Washburn, Lucy Thurber, and Sheila Callaghan.   She was the recipient of the Josephine Abady Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women.  Previously, she was the Associate Producer at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI.  She is a first generation American (Spanish and Dominican – Spininican) and hails from Jamaica, Queens.

Lisa McNulty, Artistic Line Producer of Manhattan Theatre Club

Lisa has served as Line Producer on over 35 productions in eight seasons at MTC both on and off Broadway, including premieres by John Patrick Shanley, Tarell Alvin McCraney, David Auburn, Lynn Nottage, Terrence McNally, Molly Smith Metzler, David Lindsay Abaire, Liz Flahive and Richard Greenberg.   2004-2006 Associate Artistic Director, Women’s Project—produced work by artists including Rinne Groff, Lisa D’Amour, Katie Pearl, Tanya Barfield, Diane Paulus and Diedre Murray, ran the Women’s Project’s Playwright’s Lab, and developed the Pink Room and Women’s Work new play reading series.  2000-2004 Producing Associate, McCarter Theatre– line producer on work by Dael Orlandersmith, Nilo Cruz,Arthur Kopitand Steven Dietzas well as McCarter’s commissioned shorts series featuring new work by Sarah Ruhl, Eric Bogosian and Adam Rapp, and many others.  1997-2000 Literary Manager, Women’s Project–dramaturg on premieres by Karen Hartman, Maria Irene Fornés, and Neena Beber, and edited several Women’s Project Smith & Kraus anthologies.

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