Playwrights Retreat to Ohio

Information about retreats organized by the Ohio State University Department of Theatre for the International Center for Women Playwrights (ICWP), whose work is archived in Ohio State's Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

2009 Retreat planning now underway

The summer retreat for members of the International Centre for Women Playwrights will take place in August, 2009; the exact dates will be announced shortly. As in previous years, there will be a daily workshop or informational session in the late afternoon, followed by cold readings of the scripts/scenes/speeches being developed by participants, with community performers who generously donate their time and talents. Housing again will be available in dormitories near to the Drake Performance and Event Center, and its theatres and rehearsal rooms, and meal plans will be available in the cafeterias nearby. And, of course, the retreat will open and close with the eagerly awaited Ohio Sweet Corn Roasts; see photos below from the 2007 retreat, with happy playwrights and sweet corn rampant. Check back for detailed information, which will be posted as soon as it is available. As always, there's no fee for the workshop, other than housing and food costs; academic credit is available for those needing it (and there are fees involved if credit is to be earned, of course). Participants will have access to computer labs and to the University Libraries. And there's much to do in Columbus, now Ohio's largest city (although the metropolitan area's population isn't included -- if it were, Cleveland remains much larger), from a rich theatrical and visual arts scene, to shopping and fine dining (and the vegan restaurant rated as one of the ten best in North America is here, along with the international headquarters of both White Castle and Wendy's hamburger chains). Check out for some more information about the city. Ohio State University remains the largest single campus in the country, with a very large foreign student population -- which means that within walking distance of the campus are a wide range of dining and shopping options, for those moments when you need a break from writing.