The following wonderful organizations generally kick ass and you should check them out and support them in any way you can!
See where the giants of the literary world ate, drank, discussed, thought and worked. The pubs and taverns that inspired some of the greatest creative minds in the world - and still do. This new and unique tour is artist-led and arranged by the not-for-profit charity The Maverick Theatre Company. It involves local writers and artists from London's West End and the UK TV and Film industry. We are delighted to announce that the late Charles Dickens and occasionally the late Virginia Woolf have agreed to host the tour! It takes in not only the history of literature in London but some of its contemporary places and spaces too and looks at some key elements in our writers' lives. Starting in Fitzrovia, and ending in Soho, our tour also includes those pubs and bars associated with the British Film industry and contemporary writers. So you never know who you might bump into...!
Colm Quilligan kicks off the Literary Pub Crawl with a song - Waxie's Dargle, with cheerful lines such as "When food is scarce and you see the hearse / You'll know you've died of hunger" - then takes us from the Duke pub through the cobbled square of Trinity College and into several pubs in a nearby maze of narrow streets. He quotes at ease from Joyce, Behan, Beckett, Yeats and even James Larkin and Flann O'Brien, and although he must have said it all 1,000 times, he is witty, enthusiastic and informative, happy to veer off the mark and into subjects that wouldn't be covered by the city's tourist brochures, such as Eamon de Valera's signing, in 1945, of a condolence book for Adolf Hitler... The tour had everything that was lacking from the recorded commentary on the bus: detail, personality and, once the group is tucked inside a quiet pub, warmth.
New York Writers Workshop is an alliance of published authors and professional writers of fiction, non-fiction, journalism, poetry, plays and screenplays, who live and teach in New York City and a growing list of locales across the globe. We are dedicated to offering professional guidance, resources and workshops that teach craft, foster creativity, and help writers achieve their goals.
Michael Griffith recently (January 2017) brought students to NYC from Australia and on several of our tours. Here is his blog about the event and how much he enjoyed what we had to offer.
EMERGING ARTISTS THEATRE'S mission is to provide a dynamic home for emerging writers and artists, providing the unique opportunity for playwrights to collaborate with directors, actors, and designers throughout the development process—from idea through fully realized production. EAT's supportive environment nurtures a close-knit group of artists working toward the common goal of creating dynamic theatre, and its commitment to the development of new works is integral to the cultural enrichment of New York City.
Literary Manhattan is a community of lifetime literature students who recognize the interdependence of the literary lifecycle, from the moment of inspiration to the moment of publication and beyond. We exist to support, promote, unite, educate, inspire and learn from the literary community, to reveal the enriching power of literature as it already exists on every corner of New York. We seek to foster a sense of community that evolves the personal experience of reading to also include a social interaction, both online and offline. We encourage everyone, especially those disenfranchised by more traditional ways of learning, to identify and follow their own literary experience, not only through the written words of others, but their own.
Founded in 1997, The Dysfunctional Theatre Company is a collective dedicated to producing ensemble works that challenge the status quo without taking themselves too seriously. The company officially incorporated in 1998, achieved non-profit status in 1999, and has produced over 30 shows in its history, many of them original works. Some early Dysfunctional highlights include Alien Sex Cult Clones Madonna!, a late-night satire of tabloid journalism, which ran successfully for almost a year in various downtown venues, its sequel, Princess Di’s Brain Kept Alive in Graceland!, which ran for nearly six months, and Vampire Stewardesses from Hell!!, which played to sold-out houses at Under St. Mark’s Theater. Dysfunctional shows have been described as “gripping, well-made drama staged with economy and sensitivity and intelligence”, “eclectic, quintessentially off-off Broadway” and “Grade-A avant-garde downtown theatre”.
Developing Artists is a nonprofit organization founded in 1999 dedicated to providing opportunities for underdog teens to reach their full potential through a practical application of the performing arts. We help kids find THEIR place and THEIR connection to THEIR community through participation in the arts. In 2001, DA also created the first youth arts festival called REBEL VERSES (RV). RV is a 2-week festival of performances by some of the best youth companies in NYC & beyond. This festival was born out of the dire need here in New York City for new voices in theater.