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A Bid To Save The World (SF 2014)
12.12.14

CulturalDC’s Source Festival Announces Open Call for 10-Minute Scripts and Full-Length Play Line-Up

A Bid To Save The World (SF 2014)

A Bid to Save the World Source Festival 2014 Photo by C. Stanley Photography

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to announce an Open-Call for 10-Minute Play Submissions and the Source Festival 2015 Full-Length Play Line-up.  The Festival, a vital launching pad for new work and a proving ground for Washington, DC’s theatre artists, runs from June 5-28, 2015.

Playwrights are invited to submit 10-Minute scripts specifically related to the major themes in the selected full-length plays. The 2015 themes are:

  • Science & Soulmates: Seeking plays that address the juxtaposition of the mind and the heart. Be it physics, chemistry, biology or astronomy, your play must examine true love and the knowledge of the natural world based on experiments and observation.
  • Mistakes & Media: Seeking plays that address the constant news cycle of our contemporary society and the perils of living in this digital age.
  • Love & Botany: Seeking plays that explore nature AND nurture from a distinctive perspective.  Your play must include flora and infatuation.

Each year, Source Festival produces 18 new 10-Minute Plays. Scripts are staged by a wide cross section Washington theatre directors, from early career to seasoned veterans. The 18 selected playwrights receive a $100 stipend and 5 performances of their play in Source’s 100-seat black box theatre in DC’s buzzing Mid-City District. The Source Festival is driven by creativity, collaboration and invention. The most successful scripts tell an original story in a fresh distinctive voice. Other requirements are as follows:

Eligibility

  • Plays must relate to one of three themes selected for 2015.
  • Plays may not have been previously produced or published and no upcoming productions are scheduled
  • Playwrights may submit only one 10-Minute Play
  • Plays may be no longer than 10 pages and must be submitted as a PDF
  • Playwrights must be based in the United States. We are not currently accepting international submissions.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS JANUARY 6, 2015 

The eighteen 10-Minute plays chosen for production will be announced in March 2015.  For full submission instructions and eligibility guidelines, please visit http://www.sourcefestival.org/opportunities.html

The 2015 Source Festival will include full-length plays Blue Straggler by Rebecca Bossen (Illinois Arts Council Fellowship winner), The Word and the Wasteland  by Timothy Guillot (KCACTF Musical Theatre Award winner) and (a love story)  by Kelly Lusk (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville’s National Ten-Minute Play Contest finalist.) In addition, the Festival will produce 18 10-Minute Plays and three Artistic Blind Dates connected to these works by the themes listed above.


 

SOURCE FESTIVAL 2015 FULL-LENGTH PLAYS 

Blue Straggler by Rebecca Bossen

A gifted astrophysicist and a rebellious chocolatier fall in love – only to be torn apart by a senseless tragedy. Lisa abandons her astrophysics dissertation to solve an even larger problem: finding the mathematical formula that will bring Clarissa back to her. Lisa’s world of numbers and equations is increasingly intruded upon by Clarissa’s world of fairytales, magic, and dreams. In their desperate search to find each other, are they willing to rip apart the fabric of the universe itself?  

The Word and the Wasteland by Timothy Guillot

Benjamin Harding has just committed the most devastating act of terrorism on American soil since 9/11.  Sitting in custody, he makes a strange request – he wants to write poetry. Desperate for information, the FBI permits it, and soon, Benjamin’s work becomes a national sensation and obsession, leading every news broadcast all over the world. Caught in the middle is Elizabeth Martes-Coffey, a young poet and performer from the Bronx whom Benjamin requested specifically to perform his work. As Lizzy attempts to cope with her sudden celebrity, the FBI begins to slowly realize that a second attack may be imminent. Part mystery, part drama, part indictment of modern media, The Word and the Wasteland is a play for our time. 

(a love story) by Kelly Lusk

It starts off as a completely normal day in this small town. Then somebody falls in love. And everything falls apart. (a love story) tells the story of three couples set out determined to love each other in ways they’ve never dreamed of. But can you fall in love if you don’t even know what love is? We’re told everyday in songs and movies and books what it means to be in love, but it’s not until you are in the depths of it that you realize that maybe this isn’t what you wanted. And you want out. Or perhaps it is exactly what you wanted. And you want more. But what happens when you love that person more than they love you… or they love you more than you love them…

Support for Source Festival, a CulturalDC project, is generously provided by Jon & NoraLee Sedmak, Daimler, The Weissberg Foundation, Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, Washington Gas, Lockheed Martin, Prince Charitable Trusts, VOA Associates Inc., Susan and Dixon Butler, Sorg Associates, Pete Miller and Sara Cormeny, The Buzzuto Group, Dramatists Guild of America, PEPCO, Bognet Construction, Victor Shargai, Bank of America, Marvin, Busboys and Poets & Eatonville Restaurant, Washington City Paper.  Marvin is also CulturalDC’s 2014-2015 Wine Partner.
 

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11.20.14

THIRD THURSDAY OPEN STUDIOS (TODAY!)

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Thursday, November 19, 2014
6-8PM

THIRD THURSDAY OPEN STUDIOS

Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market | 716 Monroe Street NE

Join us for our monthly Third Thursday Open Studios, where the artist studios will be open for opening receptions, workshops and more!

HIGHLIGHTS of October’s Third Thursday Open Studios:

  • Only Make Believe (Studio 1) will have a group of volunteers decorating costumes for the nonprofit’s outreach programs.
  • Charles Bergen (Studio 11) will be carving a small manatee out of maple.
  • Beltway Vintage (Studio #5 – Analog) will set up a letter-writing station. Kids and adults can write a note of thanks, holiday cheer, or maybe even a letter to Santa.
  • Wild Hand Workspace (Studio 8) will be screening DC-based producer/director Erica Harding’s documentary, On Our Land: Being Garifuna in Honduras.

Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market
27 Artists’ Spaces
Shopping, Restaurants, Music, Dance, Farmers Market, Special Events
Studios Open Most Days and 6-8PM on the Third Thursday Every Month

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11.12.14

CulturalDC Announces 25 Finalists for Source Festival’s Full-Length Plays

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 12, 2014
Contact:  John Richards
202.315.1322
john@culturaldc.org

CulturalDC Announces 25 Finalists for Source Festival’s Full-Length Plays

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to announce that 25 Full-Length Plays have been selected as finalists for Source Festival 2015. Three Full-Length Plays will be selected from the 25 finalists to be produced at the Source Festival from June 5-28, 2015.

Full-Length Plays are submitted to the Festival by invitation only. Festival producers invite playwrights previously produced by the Festival, writers based in the DC Metro Area and writers identified through a nationwide spotter system to submit never before produced Full-Length Plays. The Festival received a record number of 131 Full-Length Plays this fall.

The 25 finalists were selected after being evaluated by a team of over 75 readers and Source Festival producers, led by Source Festival Artistic Director and CulturalDC’s Director of Artistic Programs Jenny McConnell Frederick. The Festival will also feature 18 10-Minute Plays and three Artistic Blind Dates. The three selected Full-Length scripts will be announced in December.
A full list of the plays including playwright bios is available here ( SF15 Top 25 FLP Release (FINAL) 11-12-14).

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11.10.14

LAST CHANCE: OPEN CALL FOR MEAD THEATRE LAB PROGRAM / DEADLINE: TODAY (NOVEMBER 11) AT 5PM

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WE MAKE THE SPACE, YOU MAKE THE ART

OPEN CALL – Mead Theatre Lab Program
Deadline: (TODAY) Tuesday, November 11, 5PM

Apply for space to present your work at Mead Theatre Lab. The Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint serves as a platform for emerging performing artists and arts organizations to produce their own work in CulturalDC’s 60-seat blackbox. CulturalDC welcomes artists, producers and organizations presenting performing arts in any genre to apply. Questions? Contact Violet Mantell, Program Associate at violet@culturaldc.org or click here for more information.

ABOUT THE MEAD THEATRE LAB PROGRAM
CulturalDC’s Mead Theatre Lab program is an intensive mentorship program for performing artists and independent theatre companies. The program provides theatre space, technical production support and production mentoring. A panel of noted DC theatre professionals recommends projects and provides guidance to the chosen producers. The result is an eclectic group of innovative, edgy productions and an environment in which emerging performing artists can grow.

The Mead Theatre Lab Program at Flashpoint, a CulturalDC project, is generously sponsored by Jayvee Mead. Additional support is provided by The Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, the Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, the Mary & Daniel Loughran Foundation, The Washington Post Company and The Weissberg Foundation.

CulturalDC is generously supported by the Kresge Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Marpat Foundation, The Abramson Family Foundation, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, The National Endowment for the Arts, Jon and NoraLee Sedmak, Washington Gas, Daimler, Microsoft, Edward Lenkin & Roselin Atzwanger, Nordstrom, Inc. and Marvin.

Visit the CulturalDC website at culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC @Cultural_DC on social media for updates on these exciting projects!

ABOUT FLASHPOINT
Flashpoint, a CulturalDC project, is a multi-disciplinary arts space. Flashpoint includes a contemporary art gallery, the 75-seat Mead Theatre Lab, the Coors Dance Studio and shared office space for arts organizations.

#WeMakeSpaceForArt

CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1322 • Fax: 202.315.1303 Email: john@culturaldc.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Martine Workman
11.07.14

MARTINE WORKMAN: DUSK WOODS AT CULTURALDC’S FLASHPOINT GALLERY NOVEMBER 21 – DECEMBER 20

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 7, 2014
Contact:  John Richards
202.315.1322
john@culturaldc.org

MARTINE WORKMAN
DUSK WOODS
November 21 – December 20, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, November 21, 6-8PM

WASHINGTON, DC – Flashpoint Gallery is pleased to present DUSK WOODS, the first solo exhibition by DC-based artist Martine Workman, from November 21-December 20, 2014. The works in DUSK WOODS include ink drawings, watercolors, animation, zines and a video game, playfully exploring the possibilities of medium and scale. Working within the constraints of a limited vocabulary of marks, Workman exploits the emotional qualities of drawing and print techniques and explores how meaning changes through media.

Workman’s exhibition is inspired by light filtering through a forest, wind rustling through leaves and the translation of drawing from one medium to another. This new body of work explores the artist’s recollections of the Pacific Northwest, her home for seven years before moving to DC in 2012. Drawing from memory, she also references Japanese prints and old master drawings.

ABOUT THE ARTIST  

Martine Workman is a DC-based artist who creates books, drawings and animation. She has been participating in small press fairs across the country since 2004. She is a graduate of California College of the Arts. In 2013, she was a VCCA fellow and exhibitor at the New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1. In 2014, she was a Sondheim Artscape Prize semi-finalist, 3rd place Trawick Prize recipient and was awarded the DCCAH Artist Fellowship Grant for 2015.

ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM

CulturalDC operates Flashpoint and produces public art interventions throughout DC. We nurture talented emerging and mid-career artists by providing opportunities for peer learning and mentorship. At Flashpoint Gallery we showcase bold, new work from artists working in a variety of media including site-specific installations, performance pieces, new media and other experimental forms. As a nonprofit gallery free from the constraints of commercial expectations, Flashpoint provides artists and curators a unique opportunity to take creative risks. An advisory panel of noted artists and arts professionals makes programming recommendations for the gallery and provides mentorship and support to exhibiting artists.

CulturalDC is generously supported by the Kresge Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Marpat Foundation, The Abramson Family Foundation, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, The National Endowment for the Arts, Jon and NoraLee Sedmak, Washington Gas, Daimler, Microsoft, Edward Lenkin & Roselin Atzwanger, Nordstrom, Inc. and Marvin.

ABOUT FLASHPOINT

Flashpoint is a multi-disciplinary arts space. Flashpoint includes a contemporary art gallery, the 75-seat Mead Theatre Lab, the Coors Dance Studio and shared office space for arts organizations.

Martine Workman: DUSK WOODS
Opening Reception: Friday, November 21, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: November 21 – December 20, 2014
Luce Foundation Center artist talk: November 22 at 1:30pm, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Flashpoint Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment
Flashpoint Gallery Holiday Hours *CLOSED* Thursday, November 27 – Friday, November 28

Visit the CulturalDC website at culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updates on this and all of our exciting projects.

#WeMakeSpaceForArt

CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1322 • Fax: 202.315.1303 • Email: john@culturaldc.org

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11.03.14

Pointless Theatre Announces 2014-2015 Residency at CulturalDC’s Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 3, 2014
Contact:  John Richards
202.315.1322
john@culturaldc.org

Pointless Theatre Announces 2014-2015 Residency at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint

Washington, DC – Pointless Theatre, Washington DC’s premiere puppet spectacle company, is thrilled to announce that they are partnering with CulturalDC and will be the newest company in residence at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint. Pointless is a young ensemble-based theatre company that strives to gleefully smash the traditional boundaries between puppetry, theatre, dance, music and the visual arts.

Pointless is no stranger to the Mead Theatre Lab. For the past two years, Pointless has been selected to participate in the competitive Mead Theatre Lab Program. Through these short-term residencies, Pointless presented its critically acclaimed works: Canterbury (2013) and Sleeping Beauty: A Puppet Ballet (2014). In his review of Sleeping Beauty, Peter Marks of the Washington Post wrote, “This production cements the status of Pointless…as one of the best young companies in the region…Pointless is gaining a toehold in the increasingly crowded D.C. theater world with a style that feels completely, exuberantly its own.”

In the 2014 – 2015 season, Pointless will premiere two original productions: A Very Pointless Holiday Spectacular and Doctor Caligari. A Very Pointless Holiday Spectacular, a winter cabaret for adults featuring puppetry, improv, and a funky reindeer band, opens on December 2, 2014 and runs through January 3, 2015. Doctor Caligari, an original adaptation of a silent German expressionist horror film, runs from March 5, 2015 through April 5, 2015.

This residency will ensure that Pointless will continue to grow and become a staple in the Washington DC theatre community. Pointless Theatre is the most recent recipient of the John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company, given at the Helen Hayes Awards by theatreWashington.

“From our very first engagement with Pointless three years ago, it was clear that they had struck an ideal balance between professionalism and innovation, “ explains Jenny McConnell Frederick, Director of Artistic Programs at CulturalDC.  “Wise beyond their years, they bring a great enthusiasm, ambition and wit to everything they do.  We are really pleased to have them at CulturalDC.”

“Pointless is thrilled to receive a permanent home base at Flashpoint for its upcoming season, “ says Patti Kalil, Co-Artistic Director of Pointless Theatre. “This residency will provide the company with a unique and invaluable opportunity to truly grow and expand on our work artistically, while reaching out to new audiences. We are honored and extremely proud to officially be a part of the CulturalDC family!”

For more information on Pointless Theatre Company, please visit www.pointlesstheatre.com.  Press can contact Scott Whalen at scott@pointlesstheatre.com.

ABOUT THE MEAD THEATRE LAB PROGRAM
CulturalDC’s Mead Theatre Lab program is an intensive mentorship program for performing artists and independent theatre companies. The program provides theatre space, technical production support and production mentoring. The result is an eclectic group of innovative, edgy productions and an environment in which emerging performing artists can grow.

The Mead Theatre Lab Program at Flashpoint, a CulturalDC project, is generously sponsored by Jaylee Mead. Additional support is provided by The Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, the Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, the Mary & Daniel Loughran Foundation, The Washington Post Company and The Weissberg Foundation.

CulturalDC is generously supported by the Kresge Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Marpat Foundation, The Abramson Family Foundation, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, The National Endowment for the Arts, Jon and NoraLee Sedmak, Washington Gas, Daimler, Microsoft, Edward Lenkin & Roselin Atzwanger, Nordstrom, Inc. and Marvin.

ABOUT FLASHPOINT
Flashpoint, a CulturalDC project, is a multi-disciplinary arts space. Flashpoint includes a contemporary art gallery, the 75-seat Mead Theatre Lab, the Coors Dance Studio and shared office space for arts organizations.

Visit the CulturalDC website at culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC @Cultural_DC on social media for updates on this exciting project.

#WeMakeSpaceForArt

CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1322 • Fax: 202.315.1303 Email: john@culturaldc.org

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10.30.14

CAREER OPPORTUNITY: DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE

Development Associate
Department: Development + Communications
Reports to: Director of Development + Communications

Position Summary
The Development Associate is responsible for all administrative aspects of development.

Scope and Impact
Reporting to the Director of Development + Communications, the Development Associate plays an important role by providing administrative support to the Development + Communications Office, participating in all fundraising activities including donor and public relations, direct mail appeals and special events.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Process donations and prepare acknowledgement letters and other correspondence.
  • Using Raiser’s Edge database:
    • Maintain foundation, corporation and individual donor files.
    • Create monthly fundraising reports and other database reports as needed.
    • Continually update and correct database records.
    • Track tax credit donations in the database and keep a file for each tax credit donor.
  • Campaign support:
    • Conduct preliminary research on prospective corporate and foundation donors.
    • Conduct research to identify the goals, net worth, history of charitable donations or other data related to potential individual donors.
  • Coordinate productions and mailing of spring and year-end appeal letters.
  • Assist with communication activities as required.
  • Coordinate volunteers for all member-related donor events.
  • Handle all administrative details associated with the Board and Committees (i.e. prepare and distribute notices, agendas, minutes, etc).
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Development + Communications.

Preparation and Knowledge

  • Associate or bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • A minimum of three years’ experience in an administrative position, preferably in a not-for-profit development office.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Raiser’s Edge Database management experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to present information concisely and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work.
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

Salary:
Commensurate with experience.

How to apply:
Submit a resume and cover letter to:

CulturalDC
Attn: Development Associate Position
916 G St NW
Washington, DC 20001
or
hr@culturaldc.org

Deadline:
Open until position is filled.

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10.14.14

LAST CHANCE: OPEN CALL FOR SOURCE FESTIVAL AND FLASHPOINT GALLERY / DEADLINE: TODAY (OCTOBER 14) AT 5PM

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Today is the LAST CHANCE to apply for Source Festival and Flashpoint Gallery’s 2015-15 artistic season.

SOURCE FESTIVAL
Artistic Blind Date Collaborators & Directors for Full-Length & 10-Minute Plays
Deadline: Tuesday, October 14, 5PM | no application fee

Open to playwrights, directors and artists working in a range of disciplines. Source Festival is an annual performing arts festival for new work running from June 5 – 28, 2015. The Festival features 18 10-Minute Plays, three Full-Length Plays and three Artistic Blind Dates (open to performing and visual artists, playwrights, devisers, musicians, dancers, choreographers and filmmakers). Proposals must be submitted online. Visit our website for more information about Source Festival and our Request for Proposals. (Script submission deadlines and open call auditions will be later in the year.)

FLASHPOINT GALLERY
Deadline: Tuesday, October 14, 5PM | $30 to apply

Open to contemporary artists, independent curators and arts organizations. Flashpoint Gallery showcases bold, new work and cultivates emerging and mid-career artists working in a variety of media including site-specific installations, performance pieces, new media and other experimental forms.  Proposals must be submitted online. Visit our website for more information about Flashpoint Gallery and our Request for Proposals.

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10.09.14

SOURCE FESTIVAL – OPEN CALL (DEADLINE: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 5PM)

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OPEN CALL!
Deadline: Tuesday, Oct 14, 5PM

WE MAKE THE SPACE, YOU MAKE THE ART

Apply to be a Director or Artistic Blind Date Collaborator for SOURCE FESTIVAL 2015

SOURCE FESTIVAL is an annual performing arts festival for new work.  Driven by creativity, collaboration and invention, artists from across the nation present 25 works over three weeks each June.  Theatre directors as well as performing artists of other disciplines are encouraged to apply. (Script submission deadlines and open call auditions will be later in the year.) Deadline: Tuesday, October 14, 5PM. APPLY HERE

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10.09.14

FLASHPOINT GALLERY – OPEN CALL (DEADLINE: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 5PM)

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OPEN CALL!
Deadline: Tuesday, Oct 14, 5PM

WE MAKE THE SPACE, YOU MAKE THE ART

Apply for space to present your work at FLASHPOINT GALLERY

FLASHPOINT GALLERY presents an innovative and experimental contemporary art program in CulturalDC’s downtown location. Visual artists, independent curators and arts organizations are encouraged to apply for exhibition space. Deadline: Tuesday, October 14, 5PM. APPLY HERE

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