Jeni Mahoney  |  Breakout Session

Jeni joins Tira Palmquist (playwright), Heather Helinsky (dramaturg), and Christy Montour-Larson (director) for a panel discussion entitled, "Developing Development: Examining the Principles and Practices of New Play Development and New Play Festivals". This breakout session focuses on the realities of new play development, workshops and festivals, and discusses what the best practices for bringing new plays from conception to production. While promoting the work of women in theatre is important and timely, it's important to take a close look at new play development and new play festivals, to make sure that these opportunities both support the work of the artists as well as foster better work. Tira, Heather, Christy, and Jeni discuss the good, the bad and the ugly of new play development, and offer models for better approaches. 

About Jeni

Jeni Mahoney is a playwright, artistic director, teacher, director, dramaturg and new play development geek. The 2015 world premiere of her play Fata Morgan, at Boise Contemporary Theatre, received a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts and is published in Plays and Playwrights 2016. It was an Honorable Mention on the 2015 Kilroy List. Her other plays have been presented at the National Playwrights Conference, InterAct Theatre, Greenwich Playhouse (London), And Toto Too Theatre Company, L.A. Theatre Center, MidWest New Play Festival, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Circus Theatricals, Key City Public, and Boston Marathon, among others, and are published by, Smith & Krause and Applause. 

As founding Artistic Director of Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Jeni has been instrumental in the development of over 180 new American plays since 2001. The Conference's development process is featured in Michael Wright's book Playwrighting: A Work and Play, periodicals/journals such as The Dramatists Magazine, Howlround, and Idaho Arts Quarterly. Jeni was inducted into the Indie Theatre Hall of Fame and named one of its 2014 People of the Year. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the National Theatre Conference, where she serves on the Board of Trustees. 

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