Find a Mentor

THE WORKING PLAYWRIGHT: a monthly blog column by Melissa Bell  Find a Mentor Sometime after I wrote my first musical, I attended an alumni event. While waiting for the elevator, a well-groomed woman and I picked up a conversation. When I asked her what she did, she...

The Working Playwright

(This is a new monthly column on CreateTheater.com - thank you, Melissa!) FIND THEE A WRITER’S GROUP When I speak with aspiring playwrights or writers of any genre, the first piece of advice I give is “join a writer’s group.” If you can’t find one, create one. A...

Where Are We Going?

How Are We Doing?   I can’t believe we’re already approaching 2025, our quarter-century mark. That’s a significant milestone in history, with enough time under our belt now to collectively look at “how we’re doing” and where we’re going. The first 25 years of...

Using Technology for Theater?

Every year I try to update my vision of how to create more theater, and what that theater should look like. What exactly is my role this year as a theatre-maker in the 21st century? What can I personally do to develop, produce and promote more theater? Is theater...

Create Theater Gives Online Readings

In the midst of the 2020-2021 health crisis, theater lovers have to find new ways to get their fix! Last Monday, mine came in the form of a live play reading given by Create Theater. Live streaming of the event was through the ZOOM platform. The play in the reading...

“The Bone Harp” at SUNY Cortland’s Dowd Fine Arts Center

  “The Bone Harp” hitting SUNY Cortland’s Dowd Fine Arts Center (WSYR-TV) — It’s a partnership with New York producer Cate Cammarata and the musical theatre program at SUNY Cortland. That’s what’s coming together with Cortland’s musical theater program and their...

Creating Theater in 2023

A Watershed Moment COVID-19 will prove to be the watershed moment in defining the history of the 21st century. Apart from our communal human experience of the virus and its reverberations across the human spectrum, the arts and in particular theater must learn to...

What Type of Reading?

While Broadway continues to recover post-covid, there is a noticeable increase in the number of readings being offered. This is a good thing – many of the shows written during the shutdown are now ready to try out in front of a live audience, and I see it as a...