Archive for June, 2009

TCD Writer’s Fellowship

30th June 2009 by Maura McHugh

University of Dublin, Trinity College Dublin is seeking applicants for its Writer’s Fellowship from Irish writers of established reputation. The Fellowship is funded by the School of English, and by a grant-in-aid from the Arts Council, and will be tenable at Trinity College Dublin for the period January-June 2010.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday, 3rd July, 2009, and information on how to apply is available on the web site.

Win Passes to the Fleadh

30th June 2009 by Maura McHugh

IFTN is holding a competition to win two festival season passes for the Galway Film Fleadh. Entry merely requires an answer to a simple question.

E-mailed entries must be received by 10.30am on Friday the 3rd of July.

Podcast Direction

30th June 2009 by Maura McHugh

Those of you who couldn’t attend the recent “Give Me Direction” screenwriting conference organised by the Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board will be delighted to know that the IFB has released podcasts of four panel discussions, which can be downloaded from the web site.

Broadway’s Dark Summer

29th June 2009 by Maura McHugh

According to an article on Bloomberg by mid-July 49% of Broadway theatres will be closed to any production despite coming out of a record year for ticket sales. Many shows ended profitably, some were scheduled to close at this point, while there were the usual commercial failures.

It means that during the height of the summer season there will be a limited choice available to the tourists.

“Our costs to carry a dark theater are very low — real estate taxes, insurance, heat and electricity — because we lay everybody off,” Philip J. Smith, chairman of the Shubert Organization, which owns 17 Broadway theaters, told me [Jeremy Gerard].

Smith points out that while the number of dark theaters may be higher than last year, it’s business as usual: His houses are all booked with shows scheduled to open in the fall and winter. Hugh “Wolverine” Jackman and Daniel “Bond, James Bond” Craig are moving into the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre with Keith Huff’s “A Steady Rain.” That new police drama will be produced by the husband-and-wife team of Frederick Zollo and Barbara Broccoli (whose late father, Albert “Cubby” Broccoli, produced the Bond movies).

And the Barrymore Theatre, which had been home to Rush and his dysfunctional royal court, has been booked by producer Jeffrey Richards and his partners for David Mamet’s new play, “Race.” An acclaimed Los Angeles revival of Mamet’s “Oleanna” is also in the offing for the coming season.

Perhaps it will be an Autumn Awakening this year.

More Women Directors on Broadway

29th June 2009 by Maura McHugh

The New York Times reports that it’s been a good year for women directing Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, a fact that should not be remarkable, but remains noteworthy because it’s been a rarity – thus far:

As it turns out, bias against female playwrights has also received attention recently because of a new study that found there is discrimination against women who are writing for the theater. Last week at a meeting about the research, participants discussed how bias in one part of the business can ripple throughout the industry, affecting directors and others.

Still, Ms. MacKinnon and Ms. Sardelli said they feel fortunate to be directing when the industry is opening up to more women. “I think the generation above me really had it harder,” Ms. MacKinnon said. “That’s when there was the one girl in the room.”

She added, though: “It seems to me that there are number of men who aren’t that much older than me whose names you see over and over again. There are not that many women who have that kind of relationships with producers. How do you break into that tiny Rolodex?”