We keep getting asked – and it’s one of the things we are most excited about…. so I thought I’d take a few minutes to talk to you a little bit about our plans for the First Impressions Project.
In short, the First Impression Project is an opportunity for local playwrights to have their pieces workshopped, heard, and seen within a developmental and professional setting.
What does that mean?
As an ensemble-based theatre company, we believe collaboration and openness are integral to development and want to provide outlets and opportunities for creators to bounce ideas, work new thoughts, find inspiration, and utilize available resources within the community.
IMPRINT’s aim with The First Impressions Project is to provide access to those resources.
How are we doing that?
Well, a few ways. First, we will be offering a festival of new works, which you’ll hear more about in the coming months. The goal is to feature new works of local playwrights, read by local actors, and to open the door for these writers to get their pieces heard at an early stage, prompting discussion and development within a safe and nurturing environment.
We will also be offering prime placement within each season to one candidate. That playwright will work with us over the span of year as we set up workshops, internal readings, as well as feedback sessions with local actors, producers, and directors. The culmination of this will be a weekend of staged readings at the conclusion of our Season, showcasing the developed work. Additionally, this show can then be optioned to be included as a full-scale production in IMPRINT’s following Season. Pretty cool!
Through this project, we are hoping to unite artists, encourage collaboration, and shine a light on the incredible writers and creators we have right here in our metroplex.
It’s so easy to focus on great works that were born in other cities… and we will of course be including those in our Seasons… But we felt it was so important to also dedicate a significant portion of our Seasons to our amazing local writers. We are passionate about this city, about our community, and about our community’s ability to make amazing art.
So, let’s show the world what DFW has to offer – and let’s do it by starting at home.
We will be accepting submissions for the First Impressions Project soon, so stay tuned!
Have a question about the First Impressions Project or IMPRINT? Contact us!
Have you checked out our Gofundme campaign, yet? That’s the first way to show your support as we embark on this new adventure! http://www.gofundme.com/imprinttheatreworks2017