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    September 11, 2020
    4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The Impact of the Pandemic on Writers
Friday, September 11, 2020 at 4:30
Community Gathering on Zoom - register with the bright red reservation box to receive the Zoom link.
 
The organizational pivots writers' guilds have made during the pandemic ... what initiatives they are taking to help members get through all this ... how their members are surviving this challenging time.
 
In the room: Cheryl Davis, general counsel of Authors Guild, and Emmanuel Wilson, managing director of Dramatists Guild.
Panelists
  • CHERYL DAVIS

    received the Kleban Award as a librettist for her musical Barnstormer, (written with Douglas J. Cohen) about Bessie Coleman, the first Black woman flyer. The show received a Jonathan Larson Award through the Lark Play Development Center. Her play Maid’s Door received great reviews, won seven Audelco Awards, and was a finalist for the Francesca Primus Prize. Her play The Color of Justice (commissioned by Theatreworks/USA), received excellent reviews in the New York Times and Daily News, and tours regularly. Her musical Bridges, which was commissioned by the Berkeley Playhouse, received its world premiere in February 2016 to great reviews and three award nominations from the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle. She received a Writers’ Guild Award for her work on “As the World Turns”, and was also nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award. Her work has been read and performed internationally, including at the Cleveland Play House, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the Kennedy Center.  She is the General Counsel of the Authors Guild.

  • EMMANUEL WILSON

    former director of membership at the Dramatists Guild, and the current managing director for the guild. He comes to the position after growing the guild’s membership to more than 8,500 from 6,500 in his three years with the organization. At the Dramatists Guild, Wilson developed new partnerships with Blackboard Plays, the Educational Theatre Association and the Theatre Communications Group. He serves on the Guild’s New Media, Membership, Political Engagement and DEI committees. He is also the founder of Blue Rose Stage Company and formerly the artistic associate and literary manager at TADA! Youth Theater.

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