What is 4D?


4D is the next phase of Southern Rep’s new play development programs for local artists. 4D—standing for Dramatists & Directors & Dramaturgs & Development—seeks to challenge and support the best new voices and new plays in New Orleans. Led by Producing Artistic Director Aimée Hayes, Director of Arts Education Helen Jaksch, and Literary Manager Jessica Podewell, Southern Rep’s new program will build on the success of the 6×6 Play Slam and 3×3 One Act series to provide space for Dramatists, Directors, and Dramaturgs to craft their individual and collaborative skills in a year-long workshop process. With this program, we will to continue to support the development of local Dramatists, while adding key collaborators to this process. 4D will help Directors hone their skills in developing and producing new plays and will foster a group of Dramaturgs, essential consultant/critic/scholar-artists. Collaborators will be grouped together in three-person teams consisting of one Dramatist, one Director, and one Dramaturg each. Each team will meet twice a month to support the development of each dramatist’s new full-length play over the course of the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 season.

In addition to these workshop meetings, 4D members will take part in a set of master classes with local and national theatre-makers. Guest speakers may include Directors Valerie Curtis-Newton, Dramaturgs Nahuel Telleria and Rachel Carpman, Dramatists Ryan Campbell and Jessica Hernandez, and Designers Martin Andrew and James Lanius III. The members of 4D will be a part of the Southern Rep family-at-large. They will receive tickets to our mainstage shows and Lagniappe series.  And because part of Southern Rep’s mission is a commitment to Arts Education and to the next generation of artists and audiences, 4D members will be asked to volunteer with our Youth Onstage New Orleans program. There is no better way to learn your craft than by teaching it and sharing it with someone else. With a focus on process and training in new play writing and development, 4D will feature an invited works-in-progress reading in April/May of 2017 and two nights of staged readings in December 2017/January 2018. Southern Rep will also work with teams to support additional reading and production opportunities for the developed plays.