WHAT IT IS
For years we’ve heard from members that they are looking for someone who could help advance their plays to the next level of development with an objective analysis of the work – not dramaturgs, per se, as you might experience in a production setting, but rather a skilled writer/director/actor who has practical hands-on experience consulting with writers on sharpening structure, dialogue, character development, theatricality, dramatic conflict and strengthening intent. The Plays in Progress (PIP) program is designed to address those very needs and is available to any past or present student of the Dramatists Guild Institute.
HOW IT WORKS
How it works is really simple: you (the playwright) have a project you’re working on that you feel could use some outside consultation. You go to our Faculty Page of the PIP program, read the faculty bios and discover the genre tags below the bio (these are specific areas of interest for each of our faculty). You then complete an application on-line, upload your creative material, request a first and second choice for faculty member and we do the rest. Let’s break it down in steps for you:
Sharon (the playwright) applies to PIP via the DGI website. She’s asked to attach the creative material she wants consultation with. Sharon is also asked to specifiy two Faculty consultants of her choice: Choice One (David) and Choice Two (Sean).
Our staff reviews the application – not the creative material -- to ensure all areas of the application are complete.
We then make an inquiry to Sharon’s faculty consultant choice #1 (David) regarding his availability. If he’s not available, we move to Choice #2 (Sean). If he’s not available, we contact Sharon and ask for a third choice.
We will inform Sharon once the faculty script consultant is settled. DGI will send her an enrollment link for payment. Sharon has five business days to pay. If payment is not made, Sharon returns back into the PIP queue.
Once payment has been received from Sharon, we provide Sharon’s email to the faculty consultant (David).
David has five business days to be in touch with Sharon. DGI will inform Sharon she will hear from David within five business days, either by phone or email. During that first contact, they (David and Sharon) will agree on a future date for a discussion of script and notify DGI of that date. From the moment David has contacted Sharon, David has up to two weeks to read the script. The first contact, then, between script consultant and dramatist, is setting the date for the video/phone conference and perhaps asking preliminary questions.
David reads Sharon’s script.
David completes a written evaluation through electronic form provided by DGI.
David provides copy to DGI.
DGI reviews evaluation and sends Sharon the written evaluation.
David and Sharon have video/phone conference. The time on this exchange is not to exceed an hour.
Sharon has five business days to ask any follow up questions via email.
- $225 for up to three 10-minute plays (35 pages total)
- $250 for a one-act play (65 pages total)
- $275 for a full-length play (125 pages total).
- $300 for a full length play (126 -150 pages)