Samuel French has a rich history of supporting the theatre community through many diverse outlets. Here you will find many of the initiatives we are involved with on a yearly basis. Whether it is promoting theatre educational programs, or attending events in support of our authors and their work, we like to share in the celebration and cultivation of theatre all around us.
Learning through an Expanded Arts Program (LeAP)
LeAp is a nonprofit organization committed to improving the quality of public education through a hands-on, arts-based approach to teaching the academic curriculum. For the past four years, Samuel French is excited to have partnered with LeAp on their program introducing NYC public middle and high school students to playwriting, play production and theater appreciation through LeAp Onstage. Read more
Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) and Thespian Playworks
Thespian Playworks is a writing competition and script-development program for high school students, sponsored by the Educational Theatre Association and run by the staff of Dramatics magazine. Each year, up to four finalists are invited to bring their scripts to the International Thespian Festivalin Lincoln, Nebraska, where they work with a professional director, a dramaturg, and a cast of actors to put the short plays up on their feet before a live audience. Samuel French is honoured to publish these outstanding plays in a collection.
American Association of Community Theatre (AACT)
Playwright Ken Ludwig will be the guest of honor and deliver the keynote address at the the 2012 AACT Convention in NYC. His plays include Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo, and Leading Ladies. Mr. Ludwig's appearance is sponsored by Samuel French.
In addition, Samuel French will be offering discounts for AACT member theatres on a wide selection of Ken Ludwig plays as part of AACT's Act Locally, AACT Nationally program. For details go to aact.org/ludwig.
National Alliance of Musical Theatre – Festival of New Musicals (NAMT)
In 1989 the Festival of New Musicals was created to provide a forum to celebrate the new musicals that were being produced and presented around the country. Held in NYC every fall, Samuel French has been proud to be a sponsor as eight new musicals are brought to life in front of an industry-only audience with the hope to gain them greater exposure and a future life.
Texas Educational Theatre Association (TETA) http://www.tetatx.com/
Texas University Interscholastic League (UIL) http://www.uiltexas.org/theatre
Georgia Thespian Conference http://www.gathespians.org/
Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) http://www.setc.org/
Humana Festival of New Plays http://actorstheatre.org/humana-festival-of-new-american-plays/
Theatre Communications Group Conference (TCG) http://www.tcg.org/events/conference/
International Thespian Festival http://schooltheatre.org/events/festival
CityWrights: A Professional Weekend for Playwrights http://citytheatre.com/pages/?p=115
American Association of Community Theatre Convention (AACT) http://www.aact2.org/
National Jewish Theater Foundation/Holocaust Theater Archive Conference http://www.holocausttheaterarchive.com/
Industry Events -
William Inge Theatre Festival http://ingecenter.org/ingefestival.html
Outer Critic Circle Awards http://www.outercritics.org/
New Dramatists: Dedicated to the Playwright http://newdramatists.org/events
Dramatists Guild Fund http://www.dramatistsguildfund.org/
Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America (LMDA) http://www.lmda.org/
Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR) http://aaronline.org/
League of Professional Theatre Women http://www.theatrewomen.org/
National Corporate Theatre Fund: Impact Creativity (NCTF) http://nctf.org/cgi-bin/home.php