UCROSS — Seven theater artists have gathered for the 19th annual Sundance Institute Playwrights & Composers Retreat at Ucross Foundation, currently underway through Friday. Designed to support theatrical writing in its earliest stages, the residency is dedicated to uninhibited creativity, peer mentorship and professional growth.
This year’s group of artists includes playwrights, composers and cross-genre theater makers. At the residency, blocks of solo creative time are augmented with organic, collaborative conversations where participants reflect on process and the world in which they are creating new stories.
“This year’s global cohort of artists bring a broad array of divergent approaches and unique creative visions, but are united by the artistry and craft evident in their compelling and timely work,” said Philip Himberg, artistic director of Sundance Institute’s Theatre Program. “We are thrilled to be able to bring this dynamic group of theatrical makers to the Ucross Foundation space.”
Sundance Theatre Program’s literary manager Ignacia Delgado will be in attendance, managing the residency and providing hands-on feedback to artists as requested.
For the second year as part of a multi-year commitment to an exchange with artists from the Middle East and North Africa to support and amplify the development of contemporary theater from the region, the Institute welcomes Iraqi-British author Hassan Abdulrazzak to the Ucross residency . The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art supports the presence of MENA artists at theatre labs and residencies.
The retreat is one of 25 residency labs the institute hosts each year for independent artists in theatre, film, new media and episodic content and is made possible through the generosity of the Ucross Foundation. More than 90 artists have benefitted from time at Ucross Foundation with the Theatre Program in the last nineteen years, including Charlayne Woodard, Jeanine Tesori, Doug Wright, Annie Baker, Adam Guettel, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and Tanya Saracho.