How have you been spending your days and nights during Pandemic Pause? How do you hope things may change for you in the coming 12-18 months? Here are 3 or 4 opportunities you may want to consider.
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The world is turning.  Let's be smart about how we turn along with it.

The last year has been strange and uncomfortable. And this year also delivered a few unexpected opportunities when we remained open to making work in unfamiliar ways and presenting it within the confines of Zoom.

I've been inspired and comforted by your determination to stay connected even in the face of seemingly endless obstacles. This has made us all more resourceful artists, more engaged audiences and (with a little luck) wiser human beings.

Last chance to schedule a free consult with Roland. Let's find a program that will change the course of your work.

If you’re looking for more opportunities to tap into a community of support, one of the programs I created might be right for you.

From now until this Saturday, May 8th, I'll be available for free consultation for any writer interested in the Roland Tec Online Writers Workshop or Zoom Box Black Box or individual work in the RT Private Studio. 

We can discuss all your options and try to achieve some clarity regarding how you can (and should) make the best use of the remainder of 2021. 

Book your free 20-min. consult with Roland
Only 4 days left to book your private consultation.
Appointments through Monday May 10 only

A solo show (written and performed by you) could be your best ticket for transit from life on your laptop to a new bond with your audience—live and in person.

Zoom Box Black Box meets Wednesdays 1:30-4PM, EDT May 26- Aug 4 and culminates in final public presentations including a panel of experts who will offer feedback on the first 30 minutes of your solo show.

Gretchen Cryer, Abe Rybeck, Paul Outlaw and Gary Garrison will be among the expert panelists invited to offer detailed feedback on your final presentation. More writer-performers TK.

Click this button to explore the schedule and curriculum for this groundbreaking RT workshop. 

Application Deadline May 11
"With MTAP in Pittsburgh, Roland walked into a room of over thirty people, only one or two of whom he'd ever met before, and immediately prepared and energized everyone—composers, lyricists and singers—for what was going to be a long day. But what a day. It was filled with experimentation, risk-taking, and trust, a brand-new kind of collaboration for most of us: learning to give ground to another artist, push to the front occasionally, get specific even when you're way out of your comfort zone. ... From our greenest novice, still in high school, to our Broadway diva and most experienced sidemen, we were all a little wonder-struck that we had done so much, so fast, and so satisfyingly.
--Jeanne Drennan, lyricist and librettist, Musical Theatre Artists of Pittsburgh
"So many playwriting development opportunities focus on the forest rather than the trees, leaving playwrights stranded with a solid idea but the inability to communicate it effectively. Roland sees every tree in the forest and meticulously helps playwrights communicate precisely and artfully."
--Laura King, playwright

June through November, the 2021 RT Online Writers Workshop will connect you with up to 9 other writers as seriously committed as you. Six months of focused growth supported by the group.

Every month (June-November) RTOWW provides the following support for your work.

  • Two 2.5 hour workshop sessions each month held on Tuesday evenings and limited exclusively to invited workshop members. This is where you get the detailed level of feedback that only comes writer to writer.

  • One 3 hour public reading session each month to put your latest scripts into the hands of professional actors and into the sights of the community at large.

Click this button to explore the schedule and curriculum for this groundbreaking RT workshop. 
Application Deadline May 20

Share the best opportunities with the other writers in your life. Hear Me Out New American Monologue Competition & Fest 
Call for Entries goes live on Mother's Day

And every detail anyone will need in order to submit in accordance with the 2021 festival guidelines will be found here: (on Sunday May 9)

May 15, 2021.

Entries received by this date are guaranteed 3 National Circle of Judges readers, rather than the customary 2.

June 1, 2021.

Early Bird Deadline. Enter by this date to open up eligibility to two special prizes: Most Memorable Character Prize (cash + 4 months of craft work in the RT Private Studio) and the Alvin Epstein Memorial Soloi Performance Award. (cash + 30 hrs. of developmental workshop time with Roland Tec.)

July 22, 2021 at Noon.

Absolute Final Submission Deadline.

August 22, 2021.

The 12 Finalist Winners are Announced.

September 6, 2021 at 1PM.

Hear Me Out New American Monologue Festival. Finalists Showcase and Awards Ceremony (via Zoom)

Top Prize Winning Monologues as performed at the 2020 'Me & My Masks' New American Monologue Competition & Fest

There were 4 award winners at last year's competition. This year the festival will give out 8 special prizes, 6 of them awarded to an entry from the 12 finalists and the remaining 2 selected from among all the competition entries.
Winner of last year's August van der Becq Special Prize for Daring: THE STICKIING POINT by Fran Handman (performed by Carla Brandbereg)
Winner of last year's Bronze Ear: FILM STUDIES 101 written & performed by Lizzie D. Combs.
Winner of last year's Silver Ear: YOU LABOR written & performed by Michael Wells-Oakes
Winner of last year's Golden Ear: A GOOD TURN by Patrick Mulcahey, performed by Eric Michael Gillett

I'll be teaching another weekend warrior workshop at the DGInstitute

Cracking the Producers Code

How to Read and See Your Scripts the Way Producers Do

So how have you always gone about bringing your new scripts out into the world?

It's often said about our scripts that it's not what the story's about that matters but how it's told. 

The same is true of how we introduce the world—including fellow artists, audiences, and potential producing partners—to our work. This 11 hour workshop taught over one weekend could forever alter your understanding of the work you make and its relationship to the world that doesn't yet know it wants and needs to see it.

Friday-Sunday, June 11-13th

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