SigWorks is Signature Theatre’s program dedicated to developing the future of theater works and artists. Officially launched in 2015 with SigWorks: Monday Night Play Reading Series at Ali’s Bar, the program now includes 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 at Ali’s Bar
Call for Submissions
SigWorks: Monday Night New Play Readings is an initiative which highlights and supports the work of DC-area playwrights. This series is an opportunity for playwrights, actors, directors, designers, and patrons to explore new plays in a fun and informal environment. Each reading will be followed by a dialogue with the audience and the artists.
Signature is currently accepting submissions of full-length plays (no musicals, please) for the 2018/19 season of SigWorks from DC-area playwrights. Click below for more information about submission materials and deadlines.
Submission Deadline: June 15, 2018
New work at Signature Theatre is sponsored by Dan and Gloria Logan.
SigWorks: Monday Night New Play Readings at Ali’s Bar 2017/18 Schedule
|Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity|
by Heather McDonald
November 6, 2017 at 7PM
by Audrey Cefaly (Signature’s world premiere of The Gulf)
February 5, 2018 at 7PM
|Fortune Cookies for Easy Women Smoking Loose Cigarettes|
by Dani Stoller
June 4, 2018 at 7PM
SigWorks in the Schools
Continuing Signature’s ongoing commitment to the rising generations of theatre 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: 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. The application period for the 2017 program is now closed; please check back in 2018 for more information.
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. Beginning in the 17/18 Season, 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.