Playwright Agentsdramatists' agents
I need an operative?
"I need an operative? When you' re just starting out as a playwright, you don't need an understudy. Doing this is because you practice your skill by causing a working entity that will help you evolve a name for yourself. So if you've just completed one of the major M.F.A. programmes and an M. F.A. representative is offering to replace you, it might look like you've done it.
You may, however, experience a nasty wake-up if your work is not produced just because you have clapped your agent's name on your covers. Since theatre is the busines of relations and to build these relations, you have to make your work habitual over the years. This will help you to make your name as a playwright.
Whilst an agents can make this easier, no one takes care of your name or work more than you. Developping your name will include untiringly filing your work to competitions and prizes (and will most likely be dismissed by most or all of them), but hope that a prosperous submission will accumulate your game a minimum of celebrity that might help you reach this suggestive first prod.
When you are interested in an agency, it must be a local product with "legs". Well, after all, an operative needs something to pack and sort. Whilst you may think that your very own tragedy taking place in the incurably ill infirmary is the kind of game that sells itself if you only had one operative - it doesn't work that way.
If you can use an agents, it is if your game has reached a local produced buffer and could be a following run. When you are lucky enough to have posted this type of game, the agents will probably find you. Some of the theatres will be able to help you strategicize which theatres are a good place for your performance and help you to gain entry to the theatres whose gates to you were previously shut.
They can also help you negotiate contracts and set up board memberships that you may have wanted to work with but never had the opportunity to get together before. Are you interested in coming into the realm of TV and catching a few sessions with TV chiefs - don't look further than your rep.
That is, one asset can give you different accounts for ten per cent of your income. As a playwright should never believe just because he has an operative, the fiddly part of this arrangements is that his work is done. Always try to promote and throw yourself, as you are one of about twenty other dramatists (most of them much further up the supply line with their accolades, production, etc.) on the list of your agents struggling to remain livelihood.
But most dramatists I know don't have an operative and have had a long and consistent careers in this game. These relations I was talking about at the beginning of this piece. You can use agents to help you get in, but you can get your own way in, just as I did when I was a playwright.
I had a piece that I had created at one of the biggest local theatre corporations in the land and it was also a finaleist for several high-profile competitions at the times when I was able to call literature directors at other local theatres and ask them if I could submit my piece to them to study after I had informed them about the play's story.
Although many of these theatres were only the subjugation of agents, they all said "yes" and to this date I have good relations with these theatres, where I can sent them my work. Dramatists need to research and realize that not all competitions and prizes are equal to get the necessary entry to some of the bigger theatres.
will be just enough to give an introductory remarks and get your work in the doormat. It is my view that these smaller theatres can help you if they get some of those first performances that have reserved local theatres for the vets in the shop or games that have already had performances in New York City.
If you don't have an agents and need someone to review your contract (especially if it's complicated), an amusement lawyer is another possibility. For a more reasonable price, there is the Playwrights Guild, which has a dedicated litigation team to review and award them.
It is an inestimable asset for most of us dramatists who have no agents but are still involved in theatrical work. I had an agency in the shop four years ago at one of the top agents and then - as so often - when it is hard for the agency to find a job for you, they will dismiss you as a customer.
I had to renegotiate my own agreements when this was happening. Many dramatists don't want to do this, but I found it eminently authoritative because I was able to get better offers for myself than my own agen. The Stage Writers Handbook is another useful tool I can strongly recommend:
This is a complete guide for playwrights, composers, lyricists and librettists by Dana Singer (former managing director of the Playwrights Guild). I' ve been reading this envelope to envelope and I can't tell you how much better I know about this deal as a playwright. Some of the most important issues of the trade are covered in this volume, which contains materials that they do not normally deal with in M.F.A. programmes.
But the thing to keep in mind about this deal is that it's very cumbersome. There' are countless ways to be a playwright in this game. That also means there's no way to get an asset - if that's what you're looking for. And while some dramatists might find that one of the agents has done miracles for them - others have found the very opposite to be truth.
During my studies Paula Vogel did a studio and she said that by this time in her professional life she had already switched agents sixfold. You' ll see different folks along the way and some of them, like an operative, are destined to go part of the way with you, but maybe not all the way.
I have asked my buddies who have agents what they have done for them in the past, and everyone has said the same thing to me: the agents have used the work they have done for themselves for several years, but they seemed quite optimistic that it was their years of work and not the agency that has given them most of their appearances.
So in the meantime, keep practising your trade as you evolve these connections and try to remember: you are your own best one.