Commonly Asked Questions
WHAT IS PLAYS IN PROGRESS?
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.
CAN I SUBMIT A MUSICAL?
Yes! We are now accepting musicals. Please make sure that the consultant you would like to work with has experience with musicals when you are selecting your consultant.
You may see our faculty members that specialize in musicals by clicking here.
CAN I RE-SUBMIT A PLAY OR MUSICAL THAT HAS ALREADY RECEIVED A PLAYS IN PROGRESS CONSULTATION?
Absolutely. We are happy to offer the "Second Look" program, which allows you to submit your play or musical another time for a 50% discount, since your previous mentor is already familiar with the material. In order to be eligible, you will be automatically be paired with the mentor that you worked with on your first consultation. Additionally, you have the option of re-submitting the play for a different mentor at the regular price.
Please note that a Second Look is only redeemable once per script. Once a Second Look has taken place, you are welcome to re-submit your script for review from a different consultant at standard pricing.
HOW IT WORKS
How it works is really simple: you (the dramatist) 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:
Lee (the dramatist) applies to PIP via the DGI website. Lee’s asked to attach the creative material they want consultation with. Lee is also asked to specifiy two Faculty consultants of their choice: Choice One (Morgan) and Choice Two (Terry).
Our staff reviews the application – not the creative material -- to ensure all areas of the application are complete.
We then make an inquiry to Lee’s faculty consultant choice #1 (Morgan) regarding their availability. If they're not available, we move to Choice #2 (Terry). If they're not available, we contact Lee and ask for a third choice.
We will inform Lee once the faculty script consultant is settled. DGI will send Lee an enrollment link for payment. Lee has five business days to pay. If payment is not made, Lee returns back into the PIP queue.
Once payment has been received from Lee, we provide Lee’s email to the faculty consultant (Morgan).
Morgan has five business days to be in touch with Lee. DGI will inform Lee they will hear from Morgan within five business days, either by phone or email. During that first contact, they (Morgan and Lee) will agree on a future date for a discussion of script and notify DGI of that date. From the moment Morgan has contacted Lee, Morgan 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.
Morgan reads Lee’s script.
Morgan completes a written evaluation through electronic form provided by DGI.
Morgan provides copy to DGI.
DGI reviews evaluation and sends Lee the written evaluation.
Morgan and Lee have video/phone conference. The time on this exchange is not to exceed an hour.
Lee 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)
- $325 for a musical of any length (score and libretto)