SigWorks is Signature Theatre’s program dedicated to developing the future of theater works and artists. Officially launched in 2015 with SigWorks: Monday Night New Play Readings, the program now includes SigWorks: Signature Theatre/Yale Composer Partnership, SigWorks: Musical Theater Lab, SigWorks: Musical Theater Director Workshop, SigWorks: The Heidi Thomas Writers Initiative, SigWorks: In the Schools and SigWorks: Dance Technique for Performers. The ever-growing umbrella of SigWorks programs demonstrates Signature’s ongoing commitment to initiatives which nurture writers, composers, performers, directors and productions.
Read about our programs below.
SigWorks: Monday Night New Play Readings
This year all readings will be virtual, and recordings will be available on our YouTube channel. Each play will remain online for three weeks following the premiere date.
New work at Signature Theatre is sponsored by Dan and Gloria Logan.
SigWorks: Monday Night New Play Readings is sponsored by the Jenna and Paul Segal Foundation in support of new work created and staged by women in the American theater.
SigWorks: Monday Night New Play Readings 2020/21 Schedule
At the Full Yum
by Rahima Rice
Complete opposites Darecia and Jacob struggle to civilly co-parent their teenage son, Ohaji. When a riot that breaks out after a Black teenager is killed by police causes a lockdown, the two are trapped together in their Michigan Park neighborhood – with Ohaji nowhere to be found. The same night is then relived through an alternate reality in a thrilling and captivating reflection of DC – and those who call it home – outside the political bubble.
The Story of Walter
by Audrey Cefaly
Walter, a recently single father to a spunky seven-year-old daughter, struggles to navigate the world of single parenthood with dating and learning to live again. The latest work by Audrey Cefaly (The Gulf) is a thoughtful, funny and quietly beautiful journey from loneliness and depression to hope and love – and what it means to be a family.
by Andrew Rosendorf
In 1999, a bigoted slur is spray painted onto a video rental store in McLean, Virginia, disturbing, and possibly outing, the owner and his high-school employees. A life-changing film scholarship hangs in the balance as secrets are thrust into the open in a riveting examination of race, sexuality and identity in a world on the cusp of the digital age.
by Jarrin Davis
A prodigal sister returns home and upends the lives of her devout younger sister, family friends and, most of all, the eleven-year-old son she abandoned. The inevitable collision sparks a crisis that will either greatly reward or destroy everything they treasure in an intricate and suspenseful portrayal of one Black family’s journey of forgiveness.
SigWorks in the Schools
Continuing Signature’s ongoing commitment to the rising generations of theater artists, SigWorks in the Schools focuses on burgeoning high school playwrights. Exclusively for Arlington Public Schools high school students, five young writers are chosen to go through a 5-session playwriting course led by a professional playwright, culminating in an evening of staged readings performed by professional actors.
SigWorks: Signature Theatre/Yale Composer Partnership
Signature’s newest SigWorks program supports the work of the next generation of musical theater writers through a partnership with Yale University and The Shen Family Foundation through its Ted & Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund. The partnership offers career-building opportunities for young composers who are either students of, or recent graduates of, The Shen Curriculum for Musical Theatre at Yale University. Promising Yale artists who have been involved in the Shen Curriculum will have the chance to develop their ideas, bringing new approaches and vitality to the genre.
SigWorks: Dance Technique for Performers
SigWorks: Dance Technique for Performers is a structured technique class focusing on style, storytelling, and personal artistry. Through a traditional warm-up combining yoga, isolations, ballet, and jazz, dancers will strengthen technique, followed by jumps and turns across the floor.
The class will be taught by Signature Artistic Associate and Resident Casting Director, Kelly Crandall d’Amboise, and a roster of guest artists including Broadway gypsies, visiting performers to the area and the Signature stage, and local artists. For more information, contact Kelly Crandall d’Amboise at email@example.com.
SigWorks: Young Musical Theater Directors Workshop
Signature continues our commitment to supporting local talent with the SigWorks: Young Musical Theater Directors Workshop. The program consists of a two day workshop with Signature’s Artistic team about directing musical theater, enhanced productions, working with designers, budgets and a performance of a Signature musical.
SigWorks: Musical Theater Lab
SigWorks: Musical Theater Lab is a new developmental workshop that furthers our mission to promote new theatrical work. The creators of a selected original musical spend two intensive weeks working with Joe Calarco, Signature’s Director of New Works, refining their work, and the program culminates with public readings for the musical.
SigWorks: The Heidi Thomas Writers’ Initiative
Through a generous grant from The Jenna and Paul Segal Foundation, Broadway Producer Jenna Segal will sponsor a world premiere by a female playwright with a female director for the next five years through SigWorks: The Heidi Thomas Writer’s Initiative. The grant also gives Signature the resources to help playwrights secure second and third productions by bringing artistic directors from across the country to Signature during the run of their plays to meet with the playwright and plan for future productions of the work.
This program is named after acclaimed British playwright and screenwriter Heidi Thomas. Miss Thomas is the creator and executive producer behind the BBC’s Call the Midwife series and adapted the recent Broadway revival of Gigi directed by Eric Schaeffer and produced by Jenna Segal. Heidi’s award-winning theatrical work has been performed at the Liverpool Playhouse, the National Theatre Studio, The Almeida, Chichester Festival and Royal Court Theatres, the National Theatre of Norway, by the Women’s Playhouse Trust and by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her screenwriting has been acknowledged and awarded by BAFTA, the Emmys, The Writers Guild of Great Britain, Women in Film and Television UK, and the Royal Television Society.